How do I run a node/gathering to contribute to the GGB Hack?

Much like the queries and my ideas about how to advertise and bring folks into the GGB Hack, I have been getting questions from folks about how to actually run a node/gathering of folks who want to contribute to the GGB Hack. Here are my ideas on how I will run a node with about 10-20 undergrads. Please share your ideas for this group and other sorts of groups (faculty, staff, librarians, citizens, grad students, hackers, etc.) in the comments below.

1. Hold the event for 2-3 hours and make sure folks know they can drop by for 30 minutes or stay the entire time.

2. Invite a librarian who loves Zotero and ask them to give a 15-20 minute intro. If your Hack asks for more than an hour and you expect folks to trickle in, make sure they’re prepped to do this more than once.

3. Invite someone from IT or a student assistant who knows Zotero to be on hand to walk between participants asking queries so that you and your librarian have more assistance.

4. Included in your intro, explain the production of knowledge, the limited voices of women in the academy, and the import of making this work public and searchable. If you’re in the US, please do mention the incredibly small number of geography programs and the import in recognizing this literature

5. Included in the librarian’s general intro re Zotero is the following:

  • How to use Zotero.
  • How to use Zotero groups.
  • How to make a Zotero id.
  • How to enroll in the group which will be fully public for this week for easier enrollment.

6. As for what to assign them, I have a few ideas as follows.

  • One route is to give them tons of anthro, soc, geog, polisci, area studies, American studies, ethnic studies, etc., etc., etc. journals by topic and then look through each.
  • Another idea for what to assign them is to have them focus on the leaders’ research area.
  • Yet another idea for what to assign them is to have them each pick a topic they’re interested in (subsea cables, war, 19th c. salons, gentrification, affect, Audre Lorde, queer parties, et al.).

7. As for how to lead participants in their searches, I recommend the following:

  • I would encourage you to have them search on Google Scholar, JSTOR, and/or WorldCat for relevant materials. We especially need books, book chapters, and multimedia, and most especially in languages other than English. We still have acres of journal articles that need to be included.
  • Once a participants finds a cite she/he/they think makes the grade–it’s about geography *and* gender (check!)–she/he/they would check to see if that cite is included already.
  • The leader asks folks to share the cites the participants have and the group discusses any that may not work and why.
  • After a few group check-ins, a participant can amass a few citations in different tabs, she/he/they then turn to a neighbor to confer.
  • As long as the neighbor doesn’t think it’s too off-base, they add it by clicking in the URL bar.

8. Happy Zotero-ing!