Workshops & Events

Fall Programming: August – November 2023

* Except where otherwise noted, services and programs are open to all of the Toronto Metropolitan University community.

The Library Collaboratory is open from Monday – Thursday (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.), Friday (8 a.m. – 7 p.m.), and Saturday – Sunday (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.).
We are closed Monday, September 4 (Labour Day); Monday, October 9 (Thanksgiving); Saturday, December 23 – Friday, January 5 (Mid-Year Winter Break)

The Library Collaboratory is staffed Monday – Friday (10 a.m – 4:00 p.m.)

Be sure to check our calendar for all other scheduled programs and closures not listed here.

Workshops are offered throughout the semester, some in-person only and some online only.

Research consultations are available for Library Collaboratory members. If you are not a member, and interested in becoming one, learn more about membership here.

If you are a faculty member trying to get new research off the ground, contact us about training and in-kind support.

* Appointments for consultation may only be made by members of the Library Collaboratory.

Workshops, Talks & Presentations


Grant Writing for Grad Students: How to write convincing applications and proposals for grants, fellowships, and awards
Wednesday, September 20 | 1 – 2:30 pm

This workshop, tailored for graduate students, gives an overview of grant writing strategies that can be applied across disciplines – in academia (e.g. SSHRC), the arts (e.g. Canada Council for the Arts), and beyond.

The two instructors will provide tips and tricks for writing convincing proposals, share successful examples (and pitfalls to avoid), and guide students in figuring out the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of their own proposals.
A one hour lecture will be followed by a 30min Q&A to answer your questions. Beginners and experienced grant writers are welcome and people with proposals in progress are encouraged to participate.



AR Tools & Best Practices
Wednesday, October 4 | 1 -2 pm

This 1 hour introductory session will provide an overview of AR (Augmented Reality) tools and best practices. The session will be broken into two 30 minute segments for a presentation and development demo. Participants can expect to learn about the current trends in AR, along with development tips for creating 2D and 3D AR experiences. 3D modelling and 2D animation will also be discussed, along with the advantages and disadvantages for each when developing for AR experiences. Finally, participants can expect to learn about image tracking optimization for AR along with the best practices for 3D modeling, 2D animation, and interaction design. All the software discussed in this session will be open source, and the slides will be provided to participants after the session.


In the Field for Grad Students: How to do Qualitative Interviews, Start to Finish
Thursday, October 19 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Interviews. Don’t we already know how to do interviews? What’s so special about talking to people? What’s the difference between talking to someone and conducting an interview? Humans are chatty creatures and we exchange information and ideas all the time in conversation. But in research, qualitative interviews – no matter your discipline or research area – require more care, an art unto itself.

Join two experienced scholars and practitioners who have years of experience working of “in the field,” formally and informally interviewing people with different lived experiences, in a variety of settings, for a range of applications (including print publications, podcasts, radio features, documentary films and more). They offer tips, tools, and anecdotes from working in the field.

Learn about how to prepare for your own qualitative interviews, hear about recording interviews for your scholarly research and also future proofing those recordings for other forms of dissemination like podcasts and radio features. Find out about the ins and outs of interviewing folks for your research, from finding interviewees, designing questions, developing rapport, the complexities of ethics, data management, and transcriptions – and everything in between.



3D Design for Prototyping with Fusion 360
Tuesday, November 7 | 11 am – 12:30 pm

A skill building workshop that will introduce beginners to 3D design software.
Participants will learn the basics of 3D design for 3D printing for prototyping purposes, and be introduced to the concept of designing something to be printed in 3D and in other methods of fabrication.

*It helps to have Fusion 360 to follow along, but is not required. Beginners are welcome.


How to Write a Scholarly Book Review for Grad Students
Tuesday, November 21 | 1 – 2:30 pm

Past workshops, talks and presentations.