News and Announcements | September 13, 2016

PressForward Workshops


PressForward Workshops, September 23 10am-12pm, 1pm-5pm

Co-sponsored by the Library Association of CUNY, the Graduate Center’s Teaching and Learning Center, the Graduate Center Digital Initiatives, and the Borough of Manhattan Community College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship.

Interested in learning new ways to gather content from the open web and to share it with your students, colleagues, and scholarly communities? On September 23rd, the Graduate Center will host two workshops on PressForward, a free, open-source WordPress tool that facilitates the easy collection, selection, discussion, and redistribution of content from the web. These workshops will introduce interested faculty, students, and staff to PressForward and help build a CUNY community to encourage and support the tool’s future use.

About PressForward

As the pace and volume of scholarly communication increases, teachers and researchers are confronted with the need to find and share relevant, current content with their students and colleagues. PressForward, developed by the Roy Rozensweig Center for History and New Media–the creators of Zotero and Omeka–improves your ability to find, curate, and share content from the web. By adding an RSS / Atom feed reader and editorial workflow directly into the WordPress dashboard, PressForward makes it easier for academic communities to develop edited collections of content. Available for download from the Directory and on the CUNY Academic Commons, PressForward is designed to help you find, filter, and share open access resources among communities of learners and scholars.

PressForward is the technology supporting large-scale, community-edited publications such as Digital Humanities Now, dh+lib,  PLOS Collections and, as well as small-scale student publications such as Situating the Global Environment from Lewis and Clark College.

About the Workshops

On September 23, in Room 9204 of the Graduate Center, we will hold two workshops on PressForward. Attendees are welcome to join us for both workshops; please RSVP for each so we have an accurate count!

Introduction to PressForward, 10am-12pm

In this introductory workshop, new users will participate in a hands-on introduction to PressForward. The workshop will cover accessing PressForward from the WordPress Dashboard, adding feeds, selecting content to review, and organizing and publishing curated content. Attendees will also explore the editorial practice of group curation, and consider how PressForward might be integrated into a range of projects inside and outside the classroom at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

There are no prerequisites to enroll, though some familiarity with WordPress would be useful.

Free registration required:

Train the Trainers, 1pm-5pm

In this “Train the Trainers” workshop, participants with some experience using PressForward (including those who attended the Introduction to PressForward workshop and who wish to stay) will look at examples of PressForward’s use across a range of institutions, explore how to organize and activate communities of users, explore methods for recruiting and training new users, and learn how to engage with PressForward’s active support community and forums.

Free registration required:


NOTE: These will be “hands on” workshops. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops. A limited number of laptops will be available to borrow on site.

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