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Scimagine 2010

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scimagine.jpgHow do you combine skills in problem solving and business development with a desire to make the world a better place?

Villagers in the Himalayan foothills prepare their food over smoky indoor wood fires, resulting in poor air quality that is one of the top 20 global causes of death. Student teams from the Institute of Technology, Carlson School of Management, and the School of Public Health have partnered with students at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee to create a business plan that addresses this issue.

Teams from 14 universities in the U.S. and India are competing in the Acara Challenge 2010 for the opportunity to turn their plan into a sustainable business. Join us to find out how they met the challenge and what they learned about collaborating across continents.

SCImagine emphasizes the Science & Engineering Library's role as an intellectual gathering place on campus. Each spring, the Library showcases University teaching, learning and research in the physical sciences and engineering, offering fascinating presentations and lively discussions.

Scholarly Publishing Event

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A Forum for Authors and Creators of Academic Works

Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values:
Choosing our Future

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
1:30-3:30 p.m.
Walter Library, Room 402

Jason Baird Jackson
Associate Professor of Folklore,
Indiana University

Jason Baird Jackson is an ethnographer whose work bridges the fields of folklore studies, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and ethnomusicology. He is the editor of the open-access scholarly journal Museum Anthropology Review, published by the Indiana University Libraries as part of the IUScholarWorks Journals project. Jackson launched the journal after becoming dissatisfied with publisher policies while serving as editor of Museum Anthropology, published by the American Anthropological Association and Wiley-Blackwell. He was part of a group that recently published an article entitled "Anthropology of/in Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies," which appeared in Cultural Anthropology and is now freely available. More about Professor Jackson...

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with faculty members from the Academic Health Center, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Institute of Technology.

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Event: Writing English in Translation

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Members of the Literacy & Rhetorical Studies and Center for Writing communities,

Please join us for the Literacy & Rhetorical Studies Speaker Series

"Writing English in Translation: ELF, World Englishes, and Diversalité"
Dr. Bruce Horner
Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition
University of Louisville

Monday, March 29th, 2010
2:30 - 4:00 pm
135 Nicholson Hall

Bruce Horner is Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, where he teaches courses in composition, composition theory and pedagogy, and literacy studies. His books include the co-edited Cross-Language Relations in Composition (Southern Illinois UP, forthcoming); Terms of Work for Composition: A Materialist Critique, winner of the W. Ross Winterowd Award for Composition Theory; Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture, co-edited with Thomas Swiss; and, co-authored with Min-Zhan Lu, Representing the "Other": Basic Writers and the Teaching of Basic Writing and Writing Conventions. "English Only and U.S. College Composition," an essay he co-authored with John Trimbur, is the recipient of the Richard Braddock Award. His recent work examines the implications of scholarship on world Englishes and English as a lingua franca for the teaching of writing.

The interdisciplinary graduate minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies (housed in the Center for Writing) sponsors the Speaker Series to engage faculty and graduate students in rich discussions about the uses of language, reading, and writing. Information about past and present Speaker Series events is available at

Dr. Horner's talk is also sponsored by the Department of Writing Studies, the First-Year Writing Program, and the Literacy Education Research Series, with additional support from the University of Minnesota's programs in Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning and in Second Languages and Cultures.


The Bio-Medical Library will be hosting the National Library of Medicine Exhibit, 'Against the Odds: Making a Difference in Global Health.'

This traveling exhibit highlights the role of communities in improving health at home and around the world. The exhibition explores the shared basic needs required for a good quality of life, including nutritious food and clean water, a safe place to live, and affordable health care.

Using historical and contemporary photographs, the banners tell stories of collaboration between families, scientists, advocates, governments, and international organizations, all taking up the challenge to prevent disease and improve medical care.

This exhibition raises awareness of the sources and effects of health inequalities and invites each of us to join the global campaign for health and human rights.

January 19 - February 19, 2010
Bio-Medical Library
2nd floor, Diehl Hall

Opening Reception
Study Abroad Information Fair
Thursday, January 21, 10am-12 pm
2nd floor, Diehl Hall

Exhibit: The Machine That Changed the World

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One of the two largest computing societies in the world, the Association for Computing Machinery has been dedicated to the advancement of computing as a profession since its founding in 1947. This exhibit will explore the impact and importance of the ACM in an arena that has had a profound impact on modern life and society.

Monday, January 11, 2010 - Friday, March 5, 2010
Elmer L. Andersen Library Gallery

Opening Reception
Friday, January 29, 2010 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Elmer L. Andersen Library Atrium

Learn about Google@UMN

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Check out the recording of the recent 20 by 20: An OIT Pecha Kucha Event about Google@UMN

If you don't know "Pecha Kucha (pronounced "peh-CHAK-cha") presentations are narrated slideshows that are meant to be concise, informative, and entertaining. Pecha kucha
means "chit chat" or "the sound of conversation" in Japanese and was
developed by two architects from Tokyo who were fed up with bad
PowerPoint presentations. Presentations move quickly as each presenter
narrates 20 slides that are displayed for 20 seconds each." Crazy!

The whole thing is good (see the complete program) but here are the Library folks:

  • Shane Nackerud--Google Wave
    (starts at ~46:00)
  • Jon and Kate--Google for Researchers (~53:00)
  • Jason Roy--Google Book Search, Haiti Trust and Digitization (~60:00)
  • Nancy Sims--Google | Engineering | Copyright (~67:30)

What do you think?

lapham.jpgWhat: Mixed Media, an evening with Lewis H. Lapham
When: Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:30 pm
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library
Free and open to the public.

Reservations requested by November 25 at 612-624-9339 or

The New York Times has likened him to H.L. Mencken; Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain, and best-selling author Tom Wolfe compared him to Montaigne.

Lewis Lapham is Editor Emeritus of Harper's Magazine and the Founding Editor of Lapham's Quarterly, a journal of the history of ideas. The author of thirteen books, among them Theater of War and Money and Class in America, Mr. Lapham is the host of Bloomberg Radio's weekly program, "The World in Time."

On December 3rd, Lapham's speech "Mixed Media" will account for the tribulations of the printed word in the wilderness of cyberspace. Dessert reception and book signing follows, with books available for sale courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

Getting ready for the National Day on Writing

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I will be co-presenting with Kurtis Scaletta on:

10 Tips to Become a Better Blogger (Sponsored by the Digital Media Center/University Libraries)
When? 12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Where? 101 Walter Library (no pre-registration is necessary)

5 Tools to Write & Cite (Sponsored by the Digital Media Center/University Libraries)
When? 12:45 to 1:15 p.m.
Where? 101 Walter Library (no pre-registration is necessary)

Learn more about the National Day on Writing.

NOMMO African American Authors Series

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October 7, 2009 - December 5, 2009
Andersen Atrium Gallery
Elmer L. Andersen Library, 2nd & 3rd floors

Opening Reception
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
4:00-6:00 p.m.
120 Andersen Library
4:30 p.m. program featuring remarks by:

Nancy "Rusty" Barceló
Vice President & Vice Provost, Office for Equity & Diversity

Carolyn (Carrie) Schommer
Retired Dakota Instructor, Department of American Indian Studies

John S. Wright
Morse-Amoco Distinguished Teaching Professor, Departments of African American & African Studies and English

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Banned Book Week

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Take a look at the Banned Book Mapbannedbook_map.jpg which gives both location and book that was challenged.

The 10 most challenged titles were:

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint,and unsuited to age group

His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, and violence

TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, and violence

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, and violence

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, and unsuited to age group

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
Reasons: homosexuality and unsuited to age group

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group

Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
Reasons: sexually explicit and unsuited to age group

And to complete the celebration of Banned Books Week--Puppets!

Library exhibit: Travel drawings

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travel_sketch.jpgDewey Thorbeck, of the award-winning firm Thorbeck Architects Ltd, is the founder and program director for the University of Minnesota's Center for Rural Design, partially funded by the State Legislature and sponsored by the College of Design, the College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences.

Early in his career, Thorbeck received the Rome Prize Fellowship to the American Academy in Rome and travelled extensively throughout Italy and Europe. Since then he has travelled all over the world - including the village of Machu Picchu in Peru, the Lofoten Islands of Norway, Shanghai in China, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - to sketch places that he finds have a strong and close integration of architecture and landscape. He states that, "To me the most beautiful places in the world are those that express this connection in a profoundly human way."

Thorbeck's sketches brightly, sweetly, and energetically tell stories about places, people, and culture. They are windows to the world that invite visual exploration of how people live in their environs. Currently at work on a book, Architect's Travel Sketches: A visual review of human and natural landscapes, Thorbeck will illustrate his views of the world as an architect, teacher and researcher.

Exhibit: September 25-December 27, 2009

Opening Reception October 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Architecture & Landscape Architecture Library

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Library Workshops for Fall are filling up fast

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To register go to:

Here are a few of my recommendations:

Zotero: Basics
Zotero is a *free* Firefox extension that helps you collect citations and website information from within your Firefox browser. We'll show you how to install Zotero and use it to capture citations, organize your research, and format bibliographies and in-text citations.
Time: Wednesday, 9/23/2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: Walter Library 310

Creating Posters Using PowerPoint
Getting ready to do a poster at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer.
Time: Monday, 09/28/2009 - 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library
Formatting Your Dissertation or Thesis in *Word 2007*
Focus on your research instead of your formatting! In this workshop, you'll learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently. We'll cover inserting images and charts, getting your page numbers in the right place, generating tables of contents and figures; and more. Please note that this workshop covers the basic formatting you'll need to comply with Graduate School guidelines. For advanced formatting questions, please consult the Writing Center. Participants should have basic experience using MS Word. Note this version of the workshop specifically uses Office 2007; an instruction manual is available for Word 2003. We will be using a template and not be working with individual dissertations. Class materials can be found on the Moodle page, at:
Time: Monday, 10/05/2009 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Introduction to Citation Managers
Learn why you should use a citation manager. This workshop will look at 3 common citation managers, RefWorks, EndNote and Zotero. Their features will be compared so you can decide which citation manager best meets your needs.
Time: Tuesday, 10/06/2009 - 11:15am - 12:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Getting Published: How to Publish Your Science Research Article
This workshop, intended for graduate students and newer faculty in the sciences, will help you identify appropriate journals to which to submit your article and discuss how to manage your rights when signing a contract with a publisher. Join your colleagues to share your ideas and discuss the issues you face as an emerging academic author.
Time: Monday, 10/19/2009 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Google for Researchers
With Google, you already search the web, share photos/movies/music, map directions and discover new things...but there are some tools you may have missed. This web search engine is on a mission to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible." So let's explore the new tools and technology that pair Google-efficient tools with library-quality results to weave together a rich information web that goes beyond just the World Wide Web. We'll look at tools such as, Google Docs, RSS Reader, Google Scholar, and iGoogle Research Gadgets that will help you access, evaluate, and share information in an easy collaborative environment.
Time: Thursday, 10/22/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Location: 310 Walter Library

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research,
Time: Wednesday, 11/04/2009 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Let me know if you have questions.

Brody to speak on "Cookbook for Eternity"

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brody.jpgThursday, October 1, 2009
7:30 p.m. presentation followed by dessert reception and book signing
Cargill Building
1500 Gortner Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Limited seating; reservations requested by September 24 at 612-624-9339 or

Jane Brody joined The New York Times as a specialist in medicine and biology in 1965 after completing degrees in biochemistry and science writing at The New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism, respectively, and a two-year stint as a reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune. Brody is the author of numerous books, including two best sellers, Jane Brody's Nutrition Book and Jane Brody's Good Food Book. Her most recent book, Jane Brody's Guide to the Great Beyond, is a "complete guide to everything you need to know--emotionally, spiritually, and practically--to prepare for the end of life."

More at:

that's "read dating"...not speed dating

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The first round is a mixer. You (along with every other participant) will draw a question such as "What was your favorite book as a teen?" and mingle around the room asking your question of other participants. The second round will be timed dating, when you'll discuss your favorite books (no more than three) in a one-to-one setting for a few minutes before moving to a new literary partner. At the end of the night, if like literary minds want to match up... well, that would be up to you.



* 6:00-6:30 PM Registration
* 6:30-7:00 PM Round 1: The Mixer
* 7:00-8:30 PM Round 2: The Read Dating

The event is suitable for single men and women. Please bring a book you love, hate, have recently read, or just want to talk about.

Co-sponsored by Reader's Advisory Round Table of the Minnesota Library Association and Spill the Wine.

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Register for a workshop or view the calendar.

Introduction to Citation Managers
Time: Monday, August 24, 2009 10:00 AM -- 11:00 AM
Location: Walter Library 101

Grant Funding - Search Tools and Resources
Time: Monday, August 24, 2009 2:30 PM -- 3:45 PM
Location: Walter Library 310

Formatting Your Dissertation in *Word 2007*
Time: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 10:00 AM -- 12:00 PM
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Gather News and Updates in One Place with Web Feeds like RSS
Time: Tuesday, August 25, 2009 2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM
Location: Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Zotero: Basics
Time: Thursday, August 27, 2009 10:00 AM -- 11:00 AM
Location: Walter Library 310

Google for Researchers
Time: Friday, August 28, 2009 1:00 PM -- 2:00 PM
Location: Walter Library 310

archives.jpgWith a world of materials from art, images, books, and reports to maps, blue prints, letters, and more, Archives and Special Collections at the U will broaden a student's experience in any class. By sharing their experiences with the benefits and challenges of using archival material, a group of archivists will help you explore the possibilities of using primary materials to enrich the classroom experience.

Register for this workshop:

Upcoming Workshops for Instructors

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Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up e-mail updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the Web site of the Office of the VP for Research,
Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 3:00 PM -- 4:15 PM
Location: Walter 310

RefWorks Basics
Learn the basics of using RefWorks, the Web-based citation manager that is available to all U of M Faculty, students and staff. Adding references to RefWorks will be covered, as well as exporting them to Word, and selecting a style (MLA, APA, etc) for your bibliography. See for more details about RefWorks.
Time: Wednesday, June 3, 2009 10:00 AM -- 11:00 AM
Location: Walter 310

Workshops on Publishing

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Case Studies in Publishing -- Your Choices in Journal Contracts

In this workshop, participants will work through two common decision points raised by journal article contracts. Relevant context will be provided on academic publishing issues such as copyright and authors rights, cultural and economic norms, and promotion and tenure implications. Practical strategies and helpful tools will be discussed.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Instructor:Linda Eells
Time: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM
Location: Bio-Medical Library, Room 555

To register go to:

Cupcakes in the Library?

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cupcakes.jpgJoin us for the 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Presentation Ceremony!

The University of Minnesota Libraries are celebrating after winning this year's prestigious Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. We have received the award, a national tribute to a library and its staff, in recognition of our success integrating our expertise and resources into the life of the campus.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
3:00-5:00 p.m. (Award Presentation at 3:15)

Walter Library Great Hall
117 Pleasant Street SE
Minneapolis, East Bank campus

Sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association) and Blackwell’s Book Services, the award comes with $3,000 and a plaque, to be presented by ACRL President Erika Linke to Provost Tom Sullivan and University Librarian Wendy Pradt Lougee.

Join us April 23rd for a talk with Ntozake Shange

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shange.jpg In this series, host and moderator Alexs Pate, University of Minnesota professor and author of Amistad, takes you on a journey into the consciousness of luminary writers.

Ntozake Shange is author of the play For colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem, which won an Obie and was nominated for Tony, Grammy, and Emmy awards. Shange has also published four novels including Pen-Faulkner nominee Indigo. Her poetry collections include: A Daughter’s Geography, Nappy Edges, Ridin the Moon in Texas, and The Space Love Demands.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
7:00 p.m.
Cowles Auditorium
Hubert H. Humphrey Center
University of Minnesota
222 21st Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Tickets: $10; Complimentary
tickets for U of M students and
members of the Friends of the
University of Minnesota Libraries
(limit two)

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Robert Bly Conference coming up...

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bly.jpgThe 2006 acquisition of the Robert Bly papers was among the most significant by the University of Minnesota Libraries Archives and Special Collections.

In recognition of the importance of Bly as a poet, translator, social critic, and author, we proudly present "Robert Bly In This World," a three-day international conference exploring Bly’s contributions and impact on contemporary literature, sociology, and politics.

At the conference will be:

* Anne Wright on Bly and James Wright
* Howard Nelson on Bly’s poetry
* Hugh Van Dusen HarperCollins editor
* Coleman Barks translator of Rumi
* Leonard Lewisohn on Persian translation

. . . and many more.

In addition to the conference, materials from the Bly papers are on display now through May 9 in "The Pen Still Moves Freely: Robert Bly's Revolutionary Calling." Located in the Andersen Library Gallery, this exhibit is free and open to the public.

Gain background in Science and Technical issues

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THE CONSORTIUM ON LAW AND VALUES' 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE, "What's Next in Law, Health, and the Life Sciences? Debating Openness, Access, and Accountability," will take place March 6, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For more information, see

Copyright and YouTube seminar

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youtube.jpg Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
402 Walter Library

Access a UMConnect recording of the seminar, or subscribe to the podcast or vodcast. (

Emerging technologies can create confusion about the use and creation of copyrighted materials in education and research. Panelists from different disciplines will offer insight and clarification on the intersection of copyright, technology, and university life.

Moderators: Wendy Lougee, University Libraries, TC

Panelists: Dale Mossestad, Copyright and Permissions Center, TC • Gilbert Rodman, Communication Studies, TC • Cristina Lopez, OIT, TC

Library Workshop: Keep up in your discipline

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2/26 Workshop: Keeping Up: Web-Based Tools That Help You Work Smarter

Time: Thursday, February 26, 2009 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Location: Walter Library 310

This workshop will introduce you to web-based tools like tagging, RSS feeds and library databases that can help you more efficiently keep up with your fields of interest.

Register for this workshop:

Library Workshops for Graduate Students and Instructors (Go to: to register)

Some Rights Reserved: An Introduction to Creative Commons
Monday, January 12, 2009 9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Search workshop: Habits of Effective Searchers
Monday, January 12, 2009 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Research Made Easy: Discover the Web of Science
Monday, January 12, 2009 2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM at Walter Library 310

Google for Researchers
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:00 PM -- 3:00 PM at Walter Library 310

How do I Know I Found Everything?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Advanced RefWorks
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 9:00 AM -- 10:00 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Gather News and Updates with Web feeds like RSS
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Journal Impact Factors, Who is Citing Whom, and How Often
Thursday, January 15, 2009 10:30 AM -- 11:30 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Grant Funding for Graduate Students
Thursday, January 15, 2009 9:00 AM -- 10:15 AM at Magrath Library Instruction Room - St. Paul

Web Tools for Working Collaboratively
Thursday, January 15, 2009 3:30 PM -- 4:30 PM at Walter Library 310

Workshop: Formatting Your Dissertation in Word 2007
Friday, January 16, 2009 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Magrath Library Instruction Room-St. Paul

Free Webinar on Free Speech in Cyberspace

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Wednesday, September 17 at 12-1 Central
Learn more and free registration at:

"This webcast provides a brief overview of several novel and emerging dimensions of free expression in digital communications: how the Supreme Court has dealt with Internet speech under the First Amendment, problems posed by the content of web pages on university servers, the emerging challenge of "invasive" sites like, the largely fruitless quest for legal relief by victims of cyberattacks (including the challenge of "unmasking" anonymous critics), and the status of "sexually explicit" material on college and university servers."