USC Libraries Scalar Summer Institute - July 12-16, 2021

Join the Scalar team this summer for a free, weeklong online workshop.

This five-day workshop is designed for librarians and others who wish to support the use of Scalar for born-digital scholarship and cutting-edge, collections-based digital pedagogy on their campus as well as those who wish to develop their own projects showcasing institutional collections. The workshop will provide attendees with comprehensive training in Scalar, including basic and intermediate sessions in the platform. The workshop will also include advanced sessions on custom styling and uses of Scalar's API.

Attendees supporting Scalar at their institution will come away from this weeklong workshop with in-depth strategies and a set of robust resources for assisting faculty and students with the technical, structural, editorial, and design decisions vital to Scalar projects. Attendees who wish to use Scalar for their own project should come prepared with material, as they’ll be guided by the Scalar team, with collaborative whiteboarding sessions and one-on-one design meetings, in the development of their project while in residence at the workshop.

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform designed for scholars writing media-rich, born-digital scholarship. Scalar allows scholars to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose that media with their own writing in a variety of ways and to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats.

Preliminary Schedule

Monday, July 12
12:00pm - 1:15pm: Introduction to workshop. Origins and overview of Scalar.
1:15pm – 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm - 2:45pm: Scalar Basics: Working with text and media.  
2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Lab Time: Playing with Scalar basics. Text and media exercises.

Tuesday, July 13
12:00pm - 1:15pm: Scalar Structure: Working with Relationships
1:15pm – 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm - 2:45pm: Scalar Structure continued.
2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Lab Time: Playing with Scalar structure. Structure exercises.

Wednesday, July 14
12:00pm - 1:15pm: Intermediate Scalar Layouts, Widgets, and Visualizations.
1:15pm – 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm - 2:45pm: Intermediate Scalar continued.
2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Lab Time: Playing with Layouts, Widgets, and Visualizations.

Thursday, July 15
12:00pm - 1:15pm: Project Spotlight: Showcase of USC Libraries Scalar Exhibitions.
1:15pm – 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm - 2:45pm: Doing more with Scalar: Scalar API Explorer and Experimental uses of the platform.
2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Advanced Scalar: Styling with CSS

Friday, July 16
12:00pm - 1:15pm: Lab Time + One-on-One Design Meetings
1:15pm – 1:30pm: Break
1:30pm - 2:45pm: Lab Time + One-on-One Design Meetings
2:45pm – 3:00pm: Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm: Lab Time + One-on-One Design Meetings

Submit an Application

Please complete the online application by June 21, 2021.

Questions

Contact Curtis Fletcher at cfletche@usc.edu with any questions about the Scalar Summer Institute at USC Libraries.