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Recent stories published by Colorado State University’s official news outlet, Source.

CSU Libraries-sponsored Fort Collins Book Fest to combine in-person and virtual events

The CSU Libraries is a proud sponsor of the Fort Collins Book Fest 2021

This year’s Fort Collins Book Fest is all about getting back “Up, Up & Out” into the world after a solitary year of reading alone in quarantine.

The festival kicks off with writing workshops on Wednesday, Oct. 20, and runs through Oct. 24 with a combination of in-person and virtual events.

Read the article on Source.

‘The Color of Food’ announced as this year’s RamsRead book

Don’t forget to pick up this year’s RamsRead book: The Color of Food: Stories of Race, Resilience and Farming by Natasha Bowens.

Colorado State University President Joyce McConnell launched the all-CSU RamsRead initiative last year with the intent to bring all members of the CSU community together – literally on the same page – for common conversation about an important and timely topic. Community members are encouraged to read the book this summer and participate in events, lectures and related discussions that will be scheduled for the fall.

E-version and hard copy versions of The Color of Food are available through the CSU Libraries. The book will also be available for discounted purchase at the CSU Bookstore in the Lory Student Center in the fall.

Read more about RamsRead on Source

Employees show off the items you might not know are free at Morgan Library

Pretty much every library has books. So does the Morgan Library, but it also has a 3D object scanner, a meditation room, state and county parks passes, more chargers than anyone would ever need and an extensive collection of cat-centric yearbooks.

The more than 120 students and 80 full-time employees at the Colorado State University Libraries want students to know about the unique things that are available for free. The vast majority of resources and services are available to students at no cost because of the student tuition and fees, as well as university funding.

Read about some of these unique items on Source.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Coding & Cookies Workshops for Researchers

Making your research reproducible is increasingly important as research data become larger and more complex. The Coding & Cookies series provides an introduction to literate programming with R, a popular programming language for statistical computing. Learning to automate data cleaning, analysis, and visualization will make your research more efficient, reliable, and transparent.

Coding & Cookies is offered in collaboration with the Department of Statistics.

*We will be piloting one hybrid workshop on September 21st. Participants will choose between an in-person session and an online (Zoom) session. The workshop will be broadcast live to the Zoom session, with a facilitator to answer questions. 

New to R or RStudio? We encourage you to attend the first session, R Basics. A basic working knowledge of R and RStudio is helpful to get the most out of the rest of the sessions. 

R basics

Learning how to code involves an investment of time and effort up front, but will save you time and effort in the long run. In the R basics Coding and Cookies session, the basics of using tabular data in RStudio will be discussed. By the end of this session, you will be able to load data into R, calculate summary statistics, and create exploratory graphs using R’s basic graphics package. This session is geared toward beginners, so if you have experience using R, this may not be the class for you.

September 7th, 10:00-11:30am – Register

September 21st, 10:00-11:30am (Hybrid Session) – In-person Session Registration

September 21st, 10:00-11:30am (Hybrid Session) – Online Session Registration

 

Tidy Data in R

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.

October 12th, 10:00-11:30am – Register

Data Visualization using ggplot2

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. A working knowledge of R and R studio and dplyr would be helpful for you to get the most out of this session.

October 26th, 10:00-11:30am – Register

 

Reproducible Reports using RMarkdown

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. In this month’s Coding and Cookies session, 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. 

November 9th, 10:00-11:30am – Register

Spatial Seminar: Post-fire recovery and management using GIS

Tuesday, Oct. 26, Noon-1 p.m. on Zoom

Free and open to the public

How is GIS being used in the aftermath of the Cameron Peak Fire? How are areas at high risk to mudslides and debris flow determined? Learn about the GIS modeling used for Cameron Peak Fire recovery efforts. Presented by Allie Rhea, research associate for the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute. The Spatial Seminar series is organized by the Libraries' Geospatial Centroid.

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