Zotero CE course

Jul. 1, 2011
Location: Online Only


Location: Online
$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200)
July 1 - July 31, 2011 - PDPs: 15


Zotero is a free, open-source reference manager for librarians and researchers of any level, from high school student through university faculty. It takes advantage of the best features of both desktop and cloud applications to turn the Firefox web browser into a powerful research tool. In this course, an experienced instructor will take you from zero Zotero knowledge to Zotero master.

Through hands-on activities, reading, and discussion, participants in this course will:

  • Week 1: Install, learn, and use Zotero. Create your personal library and explore how it works. Create bibliographies for word processors or the web. Discuss how your students or users might benefit from Zotero.
  • Week 2: Store your Zotero library in the cloud to access it from any computer. Use group libraries to collaborate, share, and publish resources.
  • Week 3: Examine and discuss best practices for teaching and supporting Zotero in the library.
  • Week 4: Learn and discuss tips, tricks, hacks, and advanced techniques. Share your final project: create a practical application for teaching or using Zotero in your own library.

Prerequisites: Participants must use the Firefox web browser and either Microsoft Word or Open Office. No technical skills beyond basic computer literacy are assumed.

Jason Puckett: Jason Puckett is Librarian for Communication and Educational Technologies at GSU in Atlanta and a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. He writes and speaks about open-source software in libraries (pro), digital rights management (anti), and teaching information literacy (pro). He podcasts at Adventures in Library Instruction and blogs at Librarian X. He's the author of a forthcoming book about using and teaching Zotero (ACRL Publications, spring 2011).