Calligraphy Workshop, Horn Press

The Horn Press will be holding a calligraphy workshop on April 20th, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in GSE&IS Room 121. We have invited Jane Shibata, a local artist and professor from Santa Monica College, to teach the workshop. She is also the Outreach contact for the Society for Calligraphy, Southern California, a non-profit educational organization which promotes the study, teaching and practice of calligraphy and related disciplines.
There are 20 spots available for this workshop – while all are welcome to RSVP, priority will be given to students in the UCLA MLIS program. RSVPs will be accepted until April 8th, 2019.
Participants will be expected to stay for the entire workshop. There will be a $15 materials and instruction fee. Participants will be able to keep the calligraphy pens that were used in the workshop.
Please contact Yoonha Hwang at yhwang813 [@] for any questions or concerns.

Digital Collections for Humanities and Social Sciences Instruction at UCLA

January 31st, 2019, 2:30pm
Charles E. Young Research Library
Main Conference Room

UCLA Library Special Collections will be hosting a workshop on available primary sources for teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr Ben Lacey from Adam Matthew Digital will present on digital collections available through the library, and case studies of how tutors around the world have used these in their undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. The case studies will introduce a discussion about how both Special Collections and digital primary sources can be used together to innovate teaching, inspire students, and introduce new assignments to undergraduates. There will be plenty of time for questions and an offer of further free support for classes running at UCLA.

Upcoming Data Science Center Workshops

Urauchi: Backing Cloth and Artwork with Washi Workshop

Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: 12:00-4:00 PM
Location: Hiromi Paper, Inc. 
9469 Jefferson Blvd Suite 117
Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 998-0098
PARKING Located in the back

Class fee: $70.00
Materials fee (required): $30.00

TOTAL: $100

Unbacked Cloth
3 weights of paper for backing cloth and paper
Tamping Brush (provided by instructor)

Drying boards 

What to bring
Spray Bottle (One that can create a fine mist) 
Ruler or Dowel (No tape measurers!) 
1″-3″ Paste Brush (These work well for paste) 
Bone Folder or Teflon Folder



We’d like to invite you to participate in our first workshop of 2019! Urauchi is the process by which Washi (Japanese Paper) is laminated to the back of another surface – usually paper or cloth – in such a way that the result when dried is a perfectly flat artwork, bookcloth, or scroll. The full process of Urauchi results in the merger of two surfaces, which allows for flexibility, extra strength, and the smoothening of wrinkles and puckers.

Charlene Matthews is a preeminent bookmaker, and propietress of Charlene Matthews Bindery in West Hollywood, known for her original works and collaborations with artists and film/TV projects. During this workshop, Charlene will demonstrate how to make wheat paste (Jin Shofu), then participants will get to Urauchi both cloth and paper samples! 

Winter Wednesday Workshops

It’s crucial for scholars to develop workflows that befriend technologies and make their research come to life. UCLA Librarians team up with colleagues at IDRE to bring you workshops with technology proven to make research sing!

Intro to Statistical Software
Wed, Jan 9, 11:30 – 1:30
Research Commons Classroom (First Floor, YRL)

Intro to R
Wed, Jan 16, 11:30 – 2:30, West
Electronic Classroom (Second Floor, YRL)

Intro to GIS: Got data? Let’s map it! 
Wed, Jan 23, 11:00 – 1:00
West Electronic Classroom (Second Floor, YRL)

Advanced Tableau: Data Visualization
Wed, Jan 30, 11:30 – 1:30
Research Commons Classroom (First Floor, YRL)

Wed, Feb 6, 11:30 – 1:00
Research Commons Classroom (First Floor, YRL)

Story Maps
Wed, Feb 13, 11:00 – 12:30
Research Commons Classroom (First Floor, YRL)

OpenRefine: Get data and tame it! 
Wed, Feb 20, 11:30 – 1:30
Research Commons Classroom (First Floor, YRL)

Wed, Feb 27, 11:30 – 1:30
Research Commons Classroom (First Floor, YRL)

Excel for Research
Wed, March 6, 11:30 – 1:30
Research Commons Classroom (First Floor, YRL)

3D Modeling for Research
Wed, March 13, 11:30 – 1:30
Research Commons Classroom (First Floor, YRL)

Software Carpentry Workshop Jan 9-10

On Jan. 9-10, UCLA is hosting a Software Carpentry workshop for the UCLA community. Register now:

The Carpentries are a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. They teach skills that are immediately useful for researchers, using lessons and datasets that allow researchers to quickly apply what they’ve learned to their own work. We are really excited about using the Software Carpentry curriculum here to help our graduate students, staff & faculty become more efficient in their research and work.

This workshop is focused on Software Carpentry lessons. The curriculum will include:

  • Automating tasks with the Unix shell
  • Building programs with Python
  • Version control with Git

The target audience is learners who have little to no prior computational experience, and the instructors put a priority on creating a friendly environment to empower researchers and enable data-driven discovery. Even those with some experience will benefit, as the goal is to teach not only how to do analyses, but how to manage the process to make it as automated and reproducible as possible. For instance, after attending this workshop you will be able to:

  • Automate research workflows with the Unix shell
  • Plot data and complete basic programming tasks with Python
  • Use version control in a project

This workshop is free. Here is a registration link, and the workshop webpage for more information. Questions? Send email to Kristian Allen, Deidra Whitmore or Scott Friedman friedman@idre.ucla.eduWe hope to see you at the workshop!
Tim DennisDirector, Data Science CenterUCLA Library
Schedule a meeting:

Caring for Artists’ Films, June 10-14, Museum of Modern Art

Does your institution have a collection of avant-garde, experimental, or artists’ films? Are you uncertain where to get started in caring for such a collection? This five-day hands-on workshop will focus on the stewardship of both analog and digital artists’ films within collecting institutions such as museums, archives, libraries, and distributors. Participants will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to properly acquire, store, migrate, exhibit, and generally maintain these films, which have unique requirements for their care and display.

The workshop will include expert-led sessions on the following topics:

  • Technical history of filmmaking and film formats, with a focus on experimental and avant-garde artists’ practices
  • Film acquisition workflows
  • Strategies for collection surveys, registration, and long-term storage
  • Basics of condition assessment
  • Migration strategies related to exhibition and preservation
  • Exhibition design, planning, and installation for both gallery and theater display
  • Documentation methods and strategies
  • Long-term care and advocacy for film collections

Participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to design and execute action plans at their institutions to accomplish long-term preservation goals.

Requirements for Application: Attendance is limited to a small cohort of no more than sixteen participants. This workshop is open tostaff from museums, archives, libraries, distributors, and others who care for film collections that include artists’ films. Applicants should be permanent members of staff at their institution (full- or part-time). Participants are expected to attend all five days. There is no registration fee for this workshop. Travel and lodging will be reimbursed based on available funds and the budgets submitted. English will be the language of instruction.

How to Apply: Please provide 1) a letter of interest (1,000 words maximum); 2) a CV; and 3) a budget of the anticipated cost of attendance, in U.S. dollars. Additionally, applicants must complete the online Collection Data Form. Applications that do not meet all requested requirements will not be considered.

The letter of interest must include: 1) Why participation in this workshop is important to the film collection at the applicant’s institution; 2) a brief history of the film collection and key institutional preservation efforts to date; 3) the applicant’s work with the film collection to date; 4) how this workshop directly applies to the applicant’s day-to-day work; and 5) the applicant’s prior experience with the topic, or lack thereof, as well as attendance at any relevant conferences or workshops on related topics. (This is to aid curriculum development-no prior experience with the topic is required.)

Applications should be submitted to no later than midnight EST on Thursday, January 31, 2019, with notifications expected by the middle of March 2019. For more information, please visit  

This workshop is part of The Museum of Modern Art’s Media Conservation Initiative, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Media Conservation Initiative seeks to advance new strategies for the field of time-based media art preservation and restoration.

Extraordinary Opportunity: Hands-On Audio-Transfer Workshop

From Information Studies Assistant Professor Shawn VanCour:

I’m pleased to announce an opportunity for students to participate in an audio transfer workshop that will be held in conjunction with my IS 484/289-5: Sound Technologies & Society course from 1:30pm to 5pm on Wednesday, 11/14. The event will be hosted by the Music Library and held in the library’s classroom space on the first floor of the Schoenberg Music Building. This an official class session for my course, but I am opening extra seats to other students who may wish to attend, with first priority given to IS Lab staff, followed by members of our campus ARSC and AMIA chapters, then any other members of our IS community, TFT School, and Ethnomusicology Department. Interested parties should contact me directly at to claim a seat.

To start the session, we’ll videochat with Will Chase, Project Lead for NPR’s Research, Archives & Digital Strategy team, who oversees the organization’s digital preservation projects and is author of the standard text on preservation reformatting in the Association for Recorded Sound Collection’s Guide to Audio Preservation. Mr. Chase will expand on some of the principles laid out in that text and discuss how his NPR team applies them in their day-to-day preservation work. You can read more about him and the RAD project here.
The second part of the workshop will be led by Capitol Studios recording engineer Christina Paakkari, who is a prominent member of the Audio Engineering Society and has worked with a star-studded roster of musical talent covering nearly every genre imaginable. She will guide us through basic transfer techniques in an initial demonstration session, followed by a hands-on practice session where people can try out some short transfers on their own. For further information on Ms. Paakkari’s work, you can view her AES profile page here and recording credits here.
If students would like to prepare for the session, I would recommend looking at Will Chase’s chapter in the ARSC Guide (Chapter 6), as well as the more detailed guidelines in the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archive’s  Guidelines on the Production and Preservation of Digital Audio Objects. For more background on some of the metadata standards and digital asset management strategies that will be discussed, consult the corresponding chapters in the ARSC Guide by Marsha McGuire (Chapter 5) and Chris Lacinak (Chapter 7).

Explore the IS Lab

IS Lab Staff will host an introduction to the updated Media Space located in Zone C of the IS Lab on Tuesday, October 23, from 1pm-2pm.

Through this introductory workshop participants will:

  • Tour the updated space and audio/visual equipment
  • Learn about upcoming media archiving projects
  • Discuss classes in media archiving scheduled for winter quarter.

Following the introduction, Lab Staff will be available to guide interested participants in film handling basics.

We look forward to seeing you!