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Summer workshops

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Free workshops from the Libraries this summer! 

If these times are inconvenient or you can't get to campus, explore our recorded workshops and tutorials at Also please contact us to request a custom session for your department, lab, work group and more. 

Getting ready to do a poster for your course or 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.

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Mon, 07/29/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Learn to import citations, customize your account, and format your bibliographies and in-text citations. We'll also discuss using EndNote in conjunction with EndNoteWeb, a Web-based version of EndNote available for free to current University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. Note: Access self-paced online version of this course and Handouts in Moodle.

Mon, 06/17/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Focus on your research instead of your formatting! Learn how to use Microsoft Word features effectively and efficiently to insert images and charts, get page numbers in the right place, generate tables of contents and figures; and more. This workshop covers the basic formatting you'll need to comply with Graduate School guidelines and uses Office 2007. We will be using a template and not be working with individual dissertations. Class materials can be found on the Moodle page and this class is also available online.

Wed, 06/12/2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

This hands-on class will cover how to use the free software Mendeley to better organize and access your electronic article library. Mendeley can automatically locate, rename, and organize your PDFs. It includes a fast PDF reader and your library can be synced to the cloud and easily shared with others. It can even create bibliographies in any of hundreds of styles. Come and learn more about this great tool.

Tue, 06/11/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

There are a variety of new tools that allow you to annotate and organize your collection of PDFs. This workshop will familiarize you with some of the options for doing so and suggest best practices for organizing and maintaining your PDF collection.

Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

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. This class is also available online and has Handouts in Moodle.

Tue, 06/18/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 310 Walter Library

Dan Cohen at the U

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Digital Humanities 2.0 will co-sponsor two presentations by Dan Cohen (@dancohen): 

 Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20:
  • "The Future of History." 4:00 p.m., 125 Nolte Center. (Co-sponsored by Institute for Advanced Study, Immigration History Research Center, Department of English, Department of Writing Studies, Department of History, and University Libraries.)
  • "Supporting Digital Humanities." 10:00 a.m., Arthur Upson Room, 102 Walter Library. (Co-sponsored by University Libraries.)
Dan Cohen is associate professor of history and director of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Cohen played a leading role in developing Zotero, the powerful bibliographic software program. His research into uses of the Victorian digital archive was reported by Patricia Cohen in "Analyzing Literature by Words and Numbers," New York Times, Dec. 3, 2010. Recently the Chronicle of Higher Education named him one of "12 Tech Innovators Who are Transforming Campuses." Professor Cohen co-edits Journal of the Digital Humanities, which last month published its first issue.
Please join the Teaching and Learning Collaborative (formerly known as the Information Literacy Collaborative) to view this two-part webinar. As you probably know, we were part of two rounds of the Project Information Literacy research. Feel free to attend just one or both. 

Please pass along this invitation to interested staff, instructors or faculty outside the Libraries as well.

It Takes Librarians and Faculty: Using Project Information Literacy to Improve Student Research Skills Webinar

Tuesday, March 13 1:00 - 2:30pm (1 hour webinar; 30 minute discussion) Add to calendar
Tuesday, March 20  1:00 - 2:30pm   (1 hour webinar; 30 minute discussion) Add to calendar

Location: Wilson S30B
Webinar Leader: Steven Bell, Temple University

The better our understanding of the process students go through in conducting academic research and their behavior as researchers, the better job we can do in helping them to become better researchers, better writers and more critical in their approaches to evaluating and synthesizing information. Whether you call it information literacy or research skill building, helping undergraduates and graduate students to become effective researchers is an outcome shared by librarians and faculty. In this workshop, led by Steven Bell of Temple University, the findings of research studies produced by Project Information Literacy will be used as a framework to enhance our knowledge of student research behaviors and explore strategies for helping them to strengthen those skills. Guests will include Dr. Michael Eisenberg, co-founder of Project Information Literacy (on March 13) and librarians who are using the Project Information Literacy findings to reach out to faculty for collaboratively advancing campus information literacy initiatives.

...and Ended Up With A Re-vamped In-Person Workshop.

Just thought I'd share this recent example of Instructional Design serendipity:

Back in May a group of science and engineering librarians got in touch with Paul Zenke because we wanted to update our online tutorial, "Creating Posters In PowerPoint"


When we met with Paul he asked us what we hoped to achieve with this tutorial and after having a discussion about the outcomes he thought we might be better able to achieve our goals through a static infographic and an interactive online activity (a poster rating simulation--still in progress).

Later Jody Kempf and I met to discuss ways that we could punch up the in-person workshop that we teach on using PowerPoint to Create A Poster and we decided to take what we'd discussed with Paul and try to apply it to our in-person workshops.

We decided to use the infographic that Paul created as our workshop handout and also to take the poster rating simulation idea that Paul and Andrew were developing for our online users and see if we could use it to generate conversations in class using Clicker software to conduct a live version of the poster rating simulation.

So now instead of lecturing about design criteria we're going to give students a chance to look over the infographic and then we'll present them with slides of a poster (the poster images were created by Andrew Palahniuk)


And using the criteria on the infographic we have them rank the poster from 1 to 5 stars.


We then can use the rankings as the beginnings of a conversation about poster design principles.

I think this is a great example of the unexpected outcomes of going into a meeting with Paul...even when you think that you just want an updated tutorial.

If you're interested please feel free to use the can alter them however best fits your instructional needs.

P.S.  I'll also be posting these in the *new and improved* Information Literacy Toolkit!

I had to share this graphic--too clever!


Also Sarah Houghton-Jan shared her experience teaching a Google + class:

Do we try it this fall...? Who is game? Wait...should have posted this in Google+....sigh...

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