Robeson Pivots to Online Workshops & Drop-in Sessions

Did you know Camden, New Jersey was once considered the epicenter of the American recording industry with the likes of Elvis, Duke Ellington, and Marian Anderson all cutting records at the RCA-Victor Recording Studios? This is just one of the many things learned by the attendees of the numerous fall workshops and drop-in sessions offered by the faculty of Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers-Camden.

With the COVID pandemic preventing Robeson Library from offering its usual in-person roster of workshops, the faculty pivoted to virtual formats via WebEx and Zoom and offered over 70 different sessions to students, faculty, and staff. The workshops ran the gamut from traditional information literacy sessions to advanced database search techniques to academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism. Other sessions were offered on informed voting, digital privacy, streaming media, and open educational resources. Robeson faculty members also highlighted their respective areas of research and even a Camden-centric quizzo night was offered.

“The Camden fun facts were a way for new students who may not have even been on campus to learn about their adopted host city,” said Robeson Librarian Bart Everts, host of the Rutgers-Camden and Camden Fun Facts and Rutgers-Camden Trivia Night sessions. An encore session of the trivia night is being offered on November 12th at 6pm.

The workshops were promoted on the Robeson and Rutgers Libraries social media platforms, and Library Associate Edward Robinson had the idea to include a printed calendar of events with every Click and Collect and personal delivery order processed by the Robeson Access Services Department.

Robeson Library has many more workshops coming up in November and December. For registration information, please visit our calendar of events at

John Powell