Introducing the Qualitative Data Repository

Thanks to funding from the Libraries, Temple University recently became an institutional member of the Qualitative Data Repository (QDR). QDR is a dedicated archive for storing and sharing qualitative and mixed-method research data, and accompanying documentation, hosted by the Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry at Syracuse University. 

Temple researchers can discover qualitative datasets in QDR for research and teaching.  Temple affiliates can also share and preserve their own research data in QDR to satisfy publisher and funder requirements, including the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. QDR is a CoreTrustSeal certified repository that helps researchers share data responsibly and has the infrastructure and expertise to host sensitive data with restricted access. 

Benefits of QDR 

Sharing qualitative data takes advanced preparation to ensure participant consent is in place, and that data has been properly prepared and anonymized. QDR staff specialize in qualitative research methods and data curation and are able to assist Temple researchers throughout the research process.  

Benefits of using QDR include: 

  • Detailed data curation assistance to ensure deposited data is fully de-identified, annotated, and ready for sharing 
  • Tiered levels of data access including the ability to restrict access to sensitive data 
  • Persistent identifiers to make data discoverable and citable 
  • Data metrics including views, downloads, and citations to track impact 
  • Guidance and documentation on qualitative research and data management topic such as working with human participant data, data management planning, deidentifying data, and conducting disclosure risk review  

Our membership supports a limited number of no-cost data deposits per year by Temple researchers. Researchers should register for a QDR account using their Temple email address to download or deposit data.  

Ideally, potential depositors should contact QDR early in their project, before data collection occurs, to receive guidance on designing data collection and data management planning for grant submissions.  

If you are applying for a large or multi-year grant, please consult with QDR before designating them as a repository. There may be additional costs for large-scale or multi-year projects. 

Data Sharing at Temple 

Given the increase in funder-mandated data management planning and sharing requirements, researchers must carefully consider how they will responsibly share their research data. In addition to the Qualitative Data Repository, Temple University is also a member of ICPSR, and has its own institutional repository, TUScholarShare, that can curate deidentified data. We also provide guidance on selecting the right general or disciplinary repository for your data. 

Get Help 

Have questions about sharing data or using QDR? See our guide to the Qualitative Data Repository, or contact Temple’s institutional representative, Olivia Given Castello, at

To learn more about data management planning, see our research data management guide and tutorials on data management planning with DMPTool. To learn more about qualitative data, see our qualitative data analysis (QDA) guide and consider attending one of our upcoming library workshops on QDA

Learn about AI with Temple Libraries

It seems like every day we are bombarded with dozens of news stories about Artificial Intelligence (AI), with coverage ranging from self-driving cars, to fashion models, to cryptocurrency. With so much information out there, what do we really need to know about AI, and how might it benefit us as students, educators, creators, and researchers? Staff at Temple Libraries have designed a series of AI workshops to help answer these questions and create space for productive dialogue about how AI impacts our daily personal and professional lives. Learn more and register using the links below.

Working with AI Chatbots

Fri, September 22, 11am Online via Zoom


Curious about how chatbots and other AI tools can support you in your studies and your work? Wondering what chatbots do well and what they don’t do well? Join us for an overview of the promise and pitfalls of AI chatbots. This technology is evolving quickly and has the potential to fundamentally alter our relationship to information. We’ll explore how some of the current tools can expedite and assist your work and where a critical eye is needed. We’ll offer suggestions for optimizing your chatbot interactions through prompt engineering.

AI Tools for Research

Tue, October 3, 2pm Online via Zoom


Wondering how AI- and machine learning-powered tools can help you in the research process? Join us for a discussion and demonstration of several AI-enabled research tools that have the potential to support your scholarly research. More and more tools are becoming available that aim to help you with tasks such as finding scholarly literature on a topic, designing search strategies and query syntax, summarizing text, chasing citations, transcribing and working with data, and more.

AI Generated Music and Images

Mon, October 9, 1pm Online via Zoom


Artificial intelligence music and image generators can produce amazing results. These tools work by processing a large amount of pre-existing visual and auditory data. But does doing so raise any ethical or legal concerns? And what impact might these tools have on current artists? Join us for a thought-provoking exploration of some of the implications of these technologies.

Artificial Intelligence: Applications and Innovations in Healthcare

Thu October 12, noon Online via Zoom


This workshop will explore the past, present and future of artificial intelligence, and adjacent technologies like machine learning, in healthcare. Although adoption of the tech is far from worldwide, artificial intelligence (AI) is already in use in several areas of healthcare like recordkeeping, mental health screenings and even surgical procedures. In this workshop, we will see how AI could effectively shape and inform the landscape of healthcare and healthcare education. With the recent rise of chatbots drawing the public’s attention towards the technology, as well as the constant evolution and uncertainty surrounding the tech, the future and role of AI in healthcare is as unclear as it is exciting.

AI in Business

Wed, October 18, 2pm Online via Zoom


This workshop focuses on the implications of generative AI for business research and practice. The session will explore the use of AI chatbots and how they compare to traditional business research tools. We’ll also cover the ways chatbots and other forms of generative AI are changing the work of business practitioners. The workshop will also look at the role of prompt engineering to optimize the use of AI tools. We’ll also touch on the ethical considerations of using generative AI technology.

A Warm Welcome From the Libraries

Photo showing the outside of Charles Library
Outside Charles Library, photo by Betsy Manning, Temple University 

Welcome to the fall 2023 semester at Temple University! Temple Libraries is here to support you with a variety of resources, materials, and services to get you started and keep you on track as the semester unfolds. 

This post highlights just a few of the ways you can use the Libraries this academic year. Be sure to check our website for more resources, and visit our contact us page to learn about all the ways to get in touch to ask questions. 

Find the materials you need 

The Libraries provide access to a broad range of physical and online materials—including books, journals, articles, music, and movies—all searchable through our website:

If it’s rare or unique archival materials you’re after, learn more about the Special Collections Research Center and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection and peruse our digital collections

Each semester the Libraries compiles a list of digitally available textbooks that may substitute for required or recommended course textbooks. They are available to students at no cost.

Get personalized research help 

Librarians are here to offer personalized assistance as you work on your research papers and projects. No matter what you are studying or what major you pursue, we have a librarian who specializes in your field

Getting in touch with your librarian is easy: you can chat, email, or schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. Our chat service is 24/7, so no matter when you are working, someone will be here to answer your questions. 

Research, at your pace 

Once you’ve scoped out your syllabi, head over to our comprehensive Research Guides for each of your course subjects (curated by our subject librarians!).  

Our self-paced library tutorials can you help you develop your research skills. 

We also have tailored undergraduate and graduate user guides to help get you started. 

Explore spaces to study and work 

Photo showing seating inside Charles Library, with book stacks in the background

We offer a variety of open seating options to satisfy student needs for individual and group study. Students can book study rooms ahead of time at Charles Library and the Ginsburg Health Sciences Library

If you are interested in making use of the Libraries’ advanced equipment and technology, visit the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio in Charles Library and the Innovation Space at Ginsburg Health Sciences Library. 

Access tech 

Need to print or use a computer? Take advantage of the laptop lending program and charging options, and look into Temple’s Print on the Go service for all your printing needs. 

Attend free events and workshops  

We host a variety of events and workshops throughout the academic year. In addition, we’ll be offering a lineup of concerts, conversations, and specialized workshops, on everything from CV writing to graphic design for visual abstracts to 3D printing. 

As always, our events and workshops are free and open to all. 

Photo showing atrium and main staircase in Charles Library
Inside Charles Library, photo by Michael Grimm 

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Is This Ebook Going to Disappear?

Guest post by Karen Kohn, Collections Analysis Librarian 

Faculty and students may remember the confusion that occurred in September 2023, when 1,379 ebooks published by Wiley disappeared from our catalog. After international protest, including voices from Temple University, Wiley reinstated these books in October 2023. At the time, Wiley announced that access would be temporary, with the intention of giving faculty time to redesign courses to use alternate materials. 

This past spring, we received the following update from Wiley, sent via our representative at ProQuest: 

Previously we communicated a number of Wiley etextbooks titles were scheduled to be removed from Academic Complete in the June 2023 bi-annual title subscription removal process. Wiley has agreed to extend this timeline and ProQuest will continue the existing terms including retention of all existing Wiley titles in Academic Complete through December 31st, 2023. Should any titles be removed after that you will be made aware of those publisher requests in our normal semi-annual subscription removal process. 

This is good news! The books will be available at least until December, and the wording suggests they may remain available into 2024 as well. 

When Ebooks Disappear 

The mention of a “normal semi-annual removal process” might sound concerning, but in fact librarians at Temple University Libraries have a prepared response to this situation. We subscribe to several ebook packages from ProQuest and EBSCO, and books are removed from these packages in June and December – in other words, not in the middle of a semester. The vendors notify us which books are going to be removed, and a librarian checks to see which have been heavily used. If an ebook was used above a certain threshold and is available for a reasonable price, we will purchase a copy. Because this copy is a purchase rather than a subscription, we have perpetual access, and it won’t disappear. 

There are cases when an ebook is unavailable for purchase, as with the Wiley ebooks. This is a problem for libraries! Even when a publisher sells an ebook for individuals to read on their Kindle or another ereader, they can opt to withhold it from library platforms. Sometimes the ebook is for sale but is unaffordable to libraries at four or five times the cost of the print. 

How Legal Changes Might Help 

An advocacy organization called Library Futures has drafted model legislation related to ebooks that has been introduced in several states. Such legislation would require that if a publisher offers an ebook for sale to the public, that publisher should also be willing to sell the same ebook to libraries on reasonable terms. As Library Futures’ policy statement says, “Often, eBook licenses offered to libraries come with many restrictions on use and/or are prohibitively expensive, or worse, sometimes are not available to libraries at any price.” The legislation is not yet in effect in any state, though librarians are eager to follow its progress. 

What Faculty Can Do 

In the meantime, there are a few ways you can ensure that students will have access to their course texts. Please notify the bookstore of what texts you are adopting, even if you can see that the library has them. The bookstore shares this information with us, and it helps us to know which ebooks to purchase if subscription access disappears. You can also consider adopting an open textbook for your course. Temple’s Textbook Affordability Project offers grants to support faculty in making their courses more affordable for students by replacing expensive texts with open educational resources. Look for the Libraries’ call for applications in spring 2024. In the meantime, we encourage faculty to sign up for our quarterly open education newsletter, Owls for Open Ed! 

Findings From Temple University’s Affordable Course Materials Survey 

In the spring 2023 semester, Temple University Libraries participated in the Affordable Learning Pennsylvania (ALPA) student course materials survey. In addition to obtaining results from Temple students, the survey provided both state and national comparative data. Surveys of this type provide insights into how textbook costs impact our students and their behaviors related to purchasing or obtaining course materials. 

Students Concerns About Textbook Costs 

Students responded to 20+ questions about their experience with course materials, mostly textbooks they are required to purchase. We learned that 49% of our students indicated they were moderately or extremely worried about the cost of their course materials. That is a greater percentage of respondents than either the state or national results for that same question. **

When asked if the cost of required course materials ever caused them to not purchase a textbook, 57% of our students indicated that they occasionally or frequently did not purchase required course materials. That exceeds both state and national responses by several percentage points.  

Compared to a national sample of undergraduate students and other Pennsylvania colleges and universities, Temple students spent about the same amount on their textbooks. More Temple students reported spending $100 or less on their course materials. Temple students may be spending less owing to more instructors adopting open educational resources or licensed library materials, or fewer faculty may be assigning traditional textbooks. Approximately 37% of our student respondents still reported spending $200 or more on their course materials for the spring 2023 semester. 

Strategies for Avoiding Textbook Costs 

A more revealing question asked students to indicate what strategies they use to reduce the cost of required course materials throughout their college career. Only 2% of Temple students reported that they do not attempt to lower their costs. Rather, based on these responses, significant numbers of Temple students use multiple strategies to reduce their costs, including purchasing used textbooks, searching for free online versions (often pirated PDF copies), and sharing with classmates. In many of these cases, Temple students engage in these practices, especially “Do Without” at numbers that exceed both national and Pennsylvania rates. 

Comments Reflect Difficult Circumstances 

Students shared numerous comments on the impact that the cost of their course materials has on their academic and broader life experience. Among them we found students sharing: 

  • The cost of course material has had a major influence on my educational progress…when high expenses are required it has been a worry that seeped into my class performance. 
  • [It] has caused me to be worried about how I would pay for necessities such as food, rent, etc. 
  • I try to not buy textbooks unless absolutely necessary. I really appreciate the professors that don’t assign a textbook.  
  • I have chosen courses and professors that specifically don’t make me buy textbooks 
  • At $150-$200 per book, it’s very difficult to afford as a student. If you cannot afford to buy the materials you will miss the assignments which will hamper your grades. 
  • I dislike the fact we students have to pay extra for assignments. The textbook I can deal with because there’s alternative ways to get the textbook for the course. But paying $100+ for the course assignments/exams is unreasonable. 

Next Steps 

ALPA is offering the opportunity to participate in the survey in the fall 2023 semester. Temple University Libraries has already expressed its desire to repeat the survey so that additional student responses and voices can be heard. A random set of students will receive the survey between August 28 and September 11, 2023.  

When the fall results are processed and analyzed, Temple Libraries will share a final survey report with the Temple University campus. What can we, as a community, do to alleviate the challenges our students face because of high course materials costs? Here are several suggestions: 

Together we can take action to lower the cost of course materials for our students in order to advance learning and student success. We invite you to contact us with your thoughts and suggestions or to receive additional information. 

** Disclosure statement: The charts, tables and data presented in this blog post were prepared for Temple University Libraries by Bayview Analytics. Bayview Analytics was contracted by Affordable Learning Pennsylvania to conduct a statewide student course materials affordability survey, including data analysis and presentation of the survey results.

Charles Library Hosts IASSIST 2023 Pre-Conference Workshops 

Guest post by Olivia Given Castello, Head of Business, Social Sciences, and Education 

Poster for workshops of IASSIST conference

On May 30, 2023, Charles Library buzzed with activity as it hosted a day of pre-conference workshops for the 48th Annual Conference of IASSIST (International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology), which took place in downtown Philadelphia May 31–June 2. 

IASSIST is a global organization of social science information and data professionals from various sectors who advocate for responsible data management and use, open science, and excellence in social science data service delivery. 

The pre-conference workshops attracted 53 librarians and data specialists representing 37 different organizations from 11 countries, highlighting the international reach and significance of IASSIST. 

This diverse group came together at Charles Library to explore a range of topics related to data literacy, management, and archiving. Staff members from Temple Libraries’ social science unit and research data services team worked with colleagues from library facilities, technology, and access services to organize logistics for the event. 

The day started with a warm welcome as Olivia Given Castello, head of Temple Libraries’ social science unit, and IASSIST 2023 Workshops Committee Chair Deb Wiltshire, of GESIS Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, staffed a welcome table with information on the event, the new library building, and the local neighborhood. 

Welcome desk in Charles Library, staffed by three people
Welcoming IASSIST attendees to Charles Library

In the morning session, attendees had the opportunity to participate in two workshops. “A Friendly Introduction to Python for Absolute Beginners,” presented by Kara Handren and Kelly Schultz from the University of Toronto, provided a hands-on introduction to Python programming, equipping participants with essential concepts and practical skills. Simultaneously, Kristi Thompson from Western University conducted a workshop on “Understanding Data Anonymization,” shedding light on the mathematical foundations and practical techniques of ensuring data privacy. 

The afternoon session continued with three more engaging workshops. Ericka Menchen-Trevino from American University led a workshop on “Analyzing Donations of Digital Trace Data,” which explored how researchers can collect and analyze individual digital trace data for both quantitative and qualitative research projects. Sonia Barbosa from Harvard University facilitated hands-on training in managing and sharing research data using Dataverse repository software. Subhanya Sivajothy from McMaster University delved into data visualization pedagogy, showing participants how to incorporate data justice, ethics, and accessibility into their teaching practice to educate students on approaching visualizations with a critical lens. 

Operations Specialist John Pyle and volunteer workshop assistants Adam Shambaugh, Fred Rowland, Van Tran, and Will Dean made sure the workshops ran smoothly in Charles Library’s instruction rooms. To enrich the experience further, staff members led tours of the state-of-the-art Charles Library and John Oram revved up live demonstrations of the BookBot. 

Workshop participants expressed their appreciation for a well-organized pre-conference event and the opportunity to tour our amazing building. 

This year’s conference in Philadelphia was organized by local partners University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Rutgers University, and Temple Libraries was a co-sponsor. Temple Libraries and all those who contributed to the success of the pre-conference were recognized and thanked during the conference’s closing ceremony. 

See Temple Libraries’ Support for Researchers page to learn about library services for finding, analyzing, managing, and sharing data. Submit an Instruction Request to schedule an educational session on data literacy or other data-related topic for a Temple class or research group. 

Thanks to the dedicated Temple Libraries staff members who helped make the day a success. It was a phenomenal team effort: 

  • Olivia Anton, Library Technology student staff member 
  • Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian 
  • Olivia Given Castello, Head of Business, Social Sciences and Education 
  • Will Dean, Research and Data Services Librarian  
  • John Oram, ASRS/Stacks Supervisor 
  • John Pyle, Senior Operations Specialist 
  • Fred Rowland, Arts, Humanities & Media Librarian 
  • Cynthia Schwartz, Assistant Director for Library Technology, and the Library Technology Services team 
  • Adam Shambaugh, Business Librarian 
  • Van Bich Tran, Public Health and Social Sciences Librarian 
  • Stuart Whisnant, Event and Tour Coordinator, and the Charles Rooms team 

Celebrating This Year’s Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award Winners 

Award winners pose with sponsor Jack Livingstone
From left to right: Brianna Kline-Costa; Allyson Grace Yu; Jack Livingstone, SBM ’49; Samantha Marie Padilla; Angela Cirelli; and Jenna Zenouzi. Award winner John L. Nori is not pictured. All photos by Heidi Roland Photography.

In April, we held a luncheon to celebrate the winners of this year’s Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards. The Awards celebrate excellence in undergraduate work and recognize outstanding achievement in a wide range of subjects and disciplines, highlighting the importance of undergraduate research at Temple and the way the Libraries support that process. 

It was the first time since the spring of 2019 that we were able to meet to celebrate the winners in person—and the first time ever celebrating the Awards in Charles Library. It was wonderful to gather together in the Charles Library first floor event space to mark the occasion and celebrate the achievements of this year’s recipients. 

Photo of sponsors
From left to right: Bob Livingstone; Jack Livingstone, SBM ’49; Theresa Danks, Senior Account Executive at Gale, a Cengage Company; Daniel Berman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

The event began with a welcome from Joe Lucia, Dean of University Libraries. Lucia spoke about the history of the Awards and acknowledged the many people that play a role in their success. We also heard from sponsors John H. Livingstone, SBM ’49, who has generously supported the awards for almost two decades, and Theresa Danks, Senior Account Executive at Gale, a Cengage Company. Gale sponsors the Awards in Diversity and Social Justice and General Education and the luncheon. Daniel Berman, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, then spoke about undergraduate research at Temple. 

During the luncheon, the attendees had the opportunity to talk to the winners about their projects. This year’s winners were Angela Cirelli (Creative Works and Media Production), Brianna Kline-Costa (Social Sciences), John L. Nori (STEM Disciplines), Samantha Marie Padilla (General Education Courses), Allyson Grace Yu (Diversity and Social Justice), and Jenna Zenouzi (Humanities). You can learn more about the winners and their projects on our Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards website

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Attendees enjoy luncheon

Congratulations to this year’s Livingstone Undergraduate Research Award recipients as well as all our past recipients. We look forward to continuing to support undergraduate research and to celebrating the achievements of future recipients of this signature award. 

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Giveaways created in the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio

New Exhibit on Display in Ginsburg Library: “The History of Temple’s Health Sciences Schools”

Guest post by Janeen Lamontagne, Ginsburg Reference Librarian 

Come check out the new exhibit “The History of Temple’s Health Sciences Schools,” on display in the Ginsburg Library. The exhibit—immediately to your left when you walk in the library’s doors—contains photographs, yearbooks, and artifacts representing all of Temple’s Health Sciences Schools from the late 19th century until recent years. Some highlights from the collection include an antique compounding scale lent from the School of Pharmacy, photos from the early 1900s of medical students at work, and a page from a mock medical journal titled “The North Philly Journal of Medicine” found in a 1978 yearbook.

Compounding scale lent from the School of Pharmacy with other exhibit items 

All of the photos on display in the exhibit were found in our Special Collections Research Center, either through the digital collections or in the physical collections during on-site research in the archives. Accompanying the exhibit is a survey where students can vote for their favorite photo in the exhibit, which can be accessed through a QR code posted on the main display case.   

Playbill for “The Fantasticks”-put on by the School of Pharmacy, 1969, from the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 

Gateway to the Chiropody School (now the Podiatry School), 1948, from the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 

Physical therapy student Dorothy Johnson works with her patient Joy McHenry, date unknown, from the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 

It is my hope that when students view the exhibit they will feel a sense of camaraderie with Temple’s history and the Health Sciences students of the past, which will in turn ease some of the stress brought on by the intensity of their studies. Special thanks to Dr. Susan Dickey from the school of nursing for lending the exhibit some of her personal artifacts and to Margery Sly from the Special Collections Research Center for her research advice.

Celebrate Love Data Week with Temple Libraries!

Guest post by Will Dean, research and data services librarian

We know what we’re crushing on this Valentine’s Day: data! Love Data Week (February 13–17) is an annual celebration of data, learning data skills, and the people who work to understand data all year long. Our Research Data Services team is proud to present a week of virtual workshops and events that teach data skills and showcase the research and work of our academic community. 


This Love Data Week we’re hosting two different speaker events from different—but important and pressing—areas of the world of data. First, get an intro or refresher on data privacy. Then, learn about community-based participatory research and how Temple researchers are working to address health disparities in Hepatitis B and liver cancer care. 

Center for Asian Health demo

Tuesday, February 14, 10 am 
Data Privacy

Most people spend at least part of their lives online and interacting with digital systems, but understanding how your data is tracked, and the legal underpinnings to data privacy is a challenge. Learn about data privacy from Dina Gayanova, a data privacy and cybersecurity attorney in Holland & Knight’s Philadelphia office. After the presentation there will be a moderated Q&A, so bring your data privacy questions! 

Tuesday, February 14, 1 pm 
Addressing Health Disparities in Hepatitis B and Liver Cancer Through Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Data 

Join researchers from Temple’s Center for Asian Health to learn about their Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) project on addressing health disparities in Hepatitis B and liver cancer. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and liver cancer disproportionately affect Asian Americans and other medically underserved minority populations in the US. Barriers to information and healthcare services for HBV and liver cancer prevention, screening, monitoring and treatment exist on multiple levels: individual, community, healthcare system, and societal/structural. After the presentation there will be a moderated Q&A, so bring your research questions! 


Love Data Week workshops help you learn data skills applicable to your work and research interests and provide opportunities to explore a new skill in an approachable way. This year we’re offering sessions that will get you started on statistical analysis, data visualization, mapping, text mining, and finding public data. 

Monday, February 13, Noon 
Introduction to Data Visualization with Tableau 

In this hands-on workshop, Research and Data Services Librarian Will Dean will show you how to take a humble dataset and present it in a variety of colorful, informative, and interactive visualizations using Tableau. Tableau is one of the most widely used data visualization programs available, and can generate graphs, stories, and interactive dashboards. You can download Tableau and get a free student or teacher account. 

Tuesday, February 14, Noon 
Basic Statistical Methods with JMP 

Learn about the basics of statistical analysis for clinical research using a free tool available to all Temple students, faculty, and staff. Dr. Huaqing Zaho of the Department of Clinical Sciences will lead a hands-on workshop demonstrating how to use the JMP statistical software for basic clinical statistics. No need to bring your own computer, but you can familiarize yourself with JMP by downloading it from ITS’s download site

Wednesday, February 15, 11 am 
Intro to Text Mining with Proquest TDM 

This workshop will introduce the basics of text mining, with a focus on Proquest’s text data mining portal (TDM Studio), available to Temple University faculty, staff, and students. TDM Studio offers a vast range of textual resources, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Black Historical and international newspapers. Users can ingest open access and user-generated content as well. Take advantage of user-friendly visualization tools or the more advanced Jupyter Notebooks to analyze your datasets. Join us to learn more about this innovative research and classroom tool. 

Thursday, February 16, 11 am 

Creating maps with data can be an excellent way to share your findings and illustrate complicated results. QGIS is an open source program for building maps and is freely available at: From designing amazing maps to analyzing spatial data, this workshop will show you the basic tools on a Geographic Information System as well as some interesting spatial data sources available. Join Temple Libraries’ Geographic Information Systems Specialist Felipe M. Valdez for this in-depth three-hour workshop. 

Friday, February 17, Noon 
Finding Public Data for Research and Grants 

Wrap up Love Data Week with this workshop! At this workshop for researchers and community groups, you can learn how to access publicly available data from national and local Philadelphia sources such as the U.S. Census, Pew Charitable Trusts, OpenDataPhilly and the Community Health Explorer. Join Research and Data Services Librarian Will Dean to explore sources of public data that can be used for research or grant applications. 

New Semester, New You 

Welcome back for the spring 2023 semester! No matter what this semester brings, the Libraries have the services, resources, materials, and expertise to help you succeed. 

Check out our website to browse materials, access resources, or to contact us with questions, and review our hours page if you’re planning to visit us in person. And read on for a refresher on our services, collections, and opportunities, as well as some of our top tips to start the new year off right. 

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Charles Library photo by Betsy Manning, Temple University

Help with research 

Our friendly staff members are here to offer personalized assistance as you work on your research papers and projects. No matter what you are studying or what major you pursue, we have a subject specialist in your field

Getting in touch with your subject specialist is easy: you can chat 24/7, email, or schedule an appointment. For more ways to get in touch, visit our Contact Us page. 

Access books, journals, archives, and more 

We provide access to a broad range of physical and online materials—from books, databases, and journals to ebooks, archival materials, and movies—all searchable through our website:

Each semester, we also compile a list of digitally available textbooks and reading materials, based on Temple bookstore information. Check out if your etextbook is on the list! 

Interested in doing archival research this semester, or just curious what we have to offer? Learn more about our special collections housed in the Special Collections Research Center and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection

Apply for research and creative writing awards 

Through February 27, we will be accepting applications for the Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards, in which we recognize the best scholarly and creative work produced by Temple undergrads. There are cash prizes for the winners, and you can view past winning projects on our awards website

Learn more and apply now at

Photo of audience at library event
Audience photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg, Temple University

Attend free workshops and events 

Do you know the Libraries host a range of free workshops and events? Our offerings include readings, concerts, workshops, our beloved Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection series, and more, and are always open to everyone.  

In the spring, our Beyond the Page public programming series explores the experience of making a home in a new place. We’ll look at the stories of immigrants, refugees, and others who have left one home for another, and consider what it means to belong—and to be welcomed into new spaces. 

We also have a full slate of virtual workshops scheduled for the spring on everything from video recording and editing to using citation managers to getting started with 3D scanning and printing. We hope you’ll join us for any or all of these specialized online learning opportunities! 

Even more tips!