September 2009 Archives

Tutorials and Recorded Workshops


TutorialsRecordedWorkshops.jpg We love our Workshop Series here at the Libraries, but we know that many of you aren't on campus during the day, or just can't find the time to come over to Walter Library for a class. Therefore we're adding as many online instruction options as possible. Our Tutorials and Online Workshops page lists three kinds of instruction, all available wherever you have your computer and an Internet connection:
  • Online Tutorials are short and targeted to specific tasks, like setting up a Refworks account or searching for books in MNCAT Plus.
  • Recorded workshops are recordings of the walk-in workshops we teach in the library. We just turn on the recording software and capture the screen and our voices.
  • Online Self-Paced Workshops are mostly Moodle pages. They typically contain the slides and handouts we use for the walk-in workshops, screenshots and how-tos for specific tasks, and links to additional resources on the topic.
Let me know if there are topics you'd like to see us cover, either as online instruction or walk-in workshops.

Workshops @ Walter Sept 28-Oct 2

My fellow engineering librarian Jon Jeffryes' knack for finding great Creative Commons images for blog posts never fails to impress me. He claims to love doing this, so I'm not even going to feel guilty about copying and pasting his weekly-or-so posts about our upcoming workshops. Thanks Jon!

Here's a list of library workshops coming up next week at Walter Library. If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the offerings, send me an email.

Create Posters Using PowerPoint
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(Image comes from ragesoss via Flickr. CC)

We'll give you the tools to make a classy poster for your next presentation--be it in class, at a conference or a departmental meeting. We'll show you how to use PowerPoint to create a poster as one giant slide that can be easily sent to a large-scale printer. We'll also provide you with some best practices in designing your poster so that you have an eye-catching document that's easy to understand.

Monday, September 28
Walter Library 310

Web Tools For Working Collaboratively


An introduction and overview of great online collaborative tools that you can use in your work with colleagues...whether they're across the ocean or across the hall.

Tuesday, September 29
Walter Library 310

Engineering: Find Better Information Faster

Engineering Information.jpg
(Image from Calistobreeze via Flickr. CC).

In this workshop we'll give you an overview and some hands-on experience finding quality engineering research. We'll discuss finding peer-reviewed journal articles from Engineering Village and Web of Science as well as searching for more technical information in patent and standards databases.

Wednesday, September 30
Walter Library 310

For more, or to register for any workshop, visit our website.

Can't make it to Walter? Check out our growing list of tutorials, recorded workshops, and self-paced workshops.

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Electrical & Computer Engineering Colloquium, hosted by Keshab Parhi, ECE Director of Graduate Studies. I discussed several aspects of scholarly communication:
Missed it? Want a review? Take a look at the presentation here:

Library Resources and Services for ECE Handout
Slides for ECE Colloquium, Fall 2009 (PowerPoint 2007 format)