As the spring semester gets underway, Pitts Theology Library offers a fresh lineup of workshops for Candler students and the Emory community. Known as “Weekly Workshops,” the one-hour presentations by library staff members will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on a variety of topics meant to help students succeed in the classroom, at academic conferences, and in the local church.

While registration for Pitts’ Weekly Workshops is not required, it is encouraged. Lunch is provided for the first ten people who register. Learn more and register for workshops.

A list of workshop titles, dates, and descriptions is below.

Tuesday, January 23
Wednesday, January 24

This workshop will introduce you to the citation management tool  Zotero, which many Candler students and faculty use to keep track of resources, take notes, and generate citations.

Cloud Storage
Tuesday, January 30
Wednesday, January 31

Have you ever experienced a computer crash? Recognized too late that you neglected to save your work? This workshop will explain the mechanics of backing up your data—not just your schoolwork, but also your photos and private information. You will learn the basics of Box and One Drive, both of which are supported through Emory. We will also discuss your options for a physical backup, like external hard drives and smaller flash drives. Perhaps most importantly, we will identify saving and storage habits to make sure all your hard work is saved somewhere safe! Please bring a laptop.

Self Editing and Revision
Tuesday, February 6
Wednesday, February 7

Become a master editor of your own work and learn the stages of editing that you can use to create masterful written work. Bring a past or present written assignment and a pen.

Exegesis Discussion with Faculty
Tuesday, February 13
Wednesday, February 14

Exegesis can be a daunting task, no matter your level of seminary experience. But you aren’t in it alone: please join members of the Old Testament and New Testament teaching teams to discuss their goals and expectations for exegetical writing! We hope this discussion will help you understand the exegesis process and take some of the anxiety out of your future paper writing!

Digital Exegesis Tools
Tuesday, February 20
Wednesday, February 21

This session will concentrate on how to use the digital tools for biblical exegesis, including making the most of online concordances and lexicons (especially if you don't know Greek or Hebrew). We will cover software available on library computers, such as BibleWorks and Accordance, as well as those tools that are primarily online, such as the Blue Letter Bible, Step Bible, and Bible Study Tools.

Tuesday, February 27
Wednesday, February 28

As church leaders and scholars, we are increasingly called upon to design materials for print and the web. In this workshop, we will learn how to use Canva, a free, online design tool. Using the templates in Canva, you can create elegant website graphics, brochures, church bulletins, social media posts, posters, presentations, and more. Please bring a laptop!

Reading Historical Christian Texts
Tuesday, March 6
Wednesday, March 7

This workshop will focus on using and interpreting ancient religious texts as sources of social and cultural history, especially for the often-obscured history of women. We will use methods of scholars of ancient women, gender, and sexuality to help us read more deeply. A must for students in Church History classes, this workshop will also include a Special Collections viewing!