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We are with you. Black Rams Matter.

The Libraries stands in solidarity with CSU’s Black and African American faculty, staff, students, and community, and echoes CSU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity’s Note of Solidarity in response to recent, and past, racist atrocities committed against Black people across the nation, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop and Christian Cooper.

We acknowledge our responsibility as allies to help create a community that is anti-racist, and one that actively values and affirms Black lives.

Modern librarianship rests on an essential set of core values, with those values including cherishing diversity and recognizing our social responsibility to inform and educate others in order to help ameliorate or solve the critical problems of our society.

While we cannot alleviate the pain, we will work to support the Office of the Vice President for Diversity’s promise to do “all we can to challenge and change systems of inequity that perpetuate anti-Blackness, racism, and bias within our university.” We are with you. Black Rams Matter.

Contribute Your Stories to the COVID-19 Archive

CSU Libraries’ Archives & Special Collections is launching a campus-wide project to encourage students, staff, and faculty to document their personal experiences during the coronavirus outbreak and contribute them to the University Archives. All members of the campus community are invited and encouraged to participate.

We are interested in your stories about the shift to remote instruction and learning, studying and working from home, working at off-campus jobs, the impact of closing residence halls and other campus services, and the ways you and your friends and family are staying in touch during the pandemic.


Coding & Cookies Workshops

Tidy Data in R 

Date: October 13 
Time: 10-11 a.m. 
Registration: Required (Max 10 attendees). Sign up for a Coding & Cookies workshop 

The process of generating data can be messy, and what you can do with your data depends strongly on how it is formatted. This month’s coding and cookies will cover the definition of “tidy data”, a standardized way of formatting your data that makes it easier to work with. You will learn how to clean and reformat your data using a collection of R packages called the tidyverse. A basic working knowledge of R and R studio would be helpful for you to get the most out of this session. 

Data Visualization using ggplot2 

Date: October 27 
Time: 10-11 a.m. 
Registration: Required (Max 10 attendees). Sign up for a Coding & Cookies workshop 

So you’re familiar with R, but want to do more with your plots than the base graphics package. In this month’s Coding and Cookies, the ggplot2 package in R will be discussed. After this session, you will be able to create a variety of plot types, alter their aesthetics, and create custom themes. 

Reproducible Reports using R Markdown 

Date: November 10 
Time: 10-11 a.m. 
Registration: Required (Max 10 attendees). Sign up for a Coding & Cookies workshop 

Documenting your analysis in a way that is understandable to a colleague (or yourself 3 months later) can be challenging. One way to make reports more readable, even by people who don’t code, is to alternate human readable text with machine readable code. We will cover creating reproducible reports of this type using knitr. After this session, you will be able to create R markdown documents, add formatted text and executable code blocks, and render the R markdown document into a final report. 

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Workshops


DATE:  Wednesday, September 30, 2020
TIME:  12noon-3:00pm Colorado-time
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop.)

This workshop focuses on NCBI’s web-based resources for accessing gene expression and genetic variation data for non-human organisms. You will learn about NCBI’s gene expression databases, including Gene, GEO, and SRA. You will learn how you can leverage SRA data for your gene expression and genetic variation analyses. We will also briefly discuss NCBI’s analysis and stand-alone tools, such as GEO2R, the Genome Data Viewer (GDV), SRA Toolkit and Magic-BLAST.

In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Find gene-specific expression data in Gene and GEO databases
  • Find and explore experimental study information in the GEO database
  • Access and analyze SRA data
  • Use GDV as a variant analysis tool

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