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Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Online

Orientation to campus resources for those with startups or interested in startups, including accelerators, courses and programs, library resources, commercialization, funding opportunities, and Toronto community resources. This session features a panel of U of T student startups who will share their experiences and answer audience questions.

You will leave with:

  • knowledge of how the university supports student and faculty startups through space, training, and mentorship
  • an understanding of campus accelerators, pitch competitions, and funding opportunities
  • additional library workshops available to further support and boost your entrepreneurship journey
  • a guide of where to go to find more information at U of T, around Toronto, and the broader startup ecosystem

When: September 18, 2020, 12-1 pm EST
Location: Online via Zoom (participants will receive a link prior to session start)
Instructor: Carey Toane, Entrepreneurship Librarian, carey.toane@utoronto.ca

This workshop is part of an Entrepreneurship Research Skills Co-Curricular Record as recognized by the University of Toronto. They are open to all U of T students, faculty, and staff. Registration is required.

Date: Monday, September 21, 2020
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Presenter: Jesse Carliner, Ben Walsh, Rachel Beattie, Ferrin Evans, David Fernandez
Location: Online

Get the most out of your U of T Libraries! Learn about library services and LGBTQ+ resources, meet library staff, and get a behind the scenes look at special queer library and archival treasures! Please register with your UofT email address.

Please register with your U of T email address.

Only U of T email addresses will be sent the Teams meeting link on the event date.

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Presenter: Leanne Trimble
Location: Online

This talk introduces the Canadian Census Discovery Portal project, an initiative that aims to inventory all census data released in what is now Canada (from the first census in 1665 New France to the present day), and make the inventory available through an open, bilingual, searchable portal. The project will bring together existing census data, some of which is "hidden" to many Canadians, and make it more accessible, usable, and ensure its availability for the long term. This talk is being held on this date in celebration of Endangered Data Week,  an event which aims to foster an environment of data consciousness and promote care for endangered collections.

A link to join the event online will be sent to registrants.

This talk is part of Snacking on Bits and Bytes: Learning on all things Data, an online webinar series hosted by the Map & Data Library that features presentations and demonstrations on data-related topics and tools, such as web archives, visualization, GIS and statistics. See the full schedule and descriptions of sessions to learn more.

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Online
Campus: UTM

The Unix shell is a powerful tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes.  You can combine existing programs in different ways and automate repetitive tasks so you don’t need to type things over and over again.  This workshop will go over the basics of the Unix shell, starting with working with files and directories, using pipes and filters, and a little bit of shell scripting. (This session is part of the UTM Library 501 program, but all UofT affiliated persons are welcome to attend).

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