Workshops: February 2010 Archives

At the Physical Science and Engineering Library we've been using Google Forms to assess our registered workshops for about a year and a half now. 

Google Forms are easy to create and can provide you with a snapshot of who's attending your classes, how they're learning about the workshop, and great ideas for ways to improve your class.

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Attendee feedback gave us the idea to give more hands-on time during our RefWorks workshops and less instructor-led demonstrations.  We've also added an optional 30 minute post-session to our EndNote workshop to troubleshoot specific issues.

If you're interested in seeing the full form just follow the link.  You'll want to create your own if you're interested in aggregating data.  These questions work well for us, but others might be of more interest for your library.

Are you using another tool to assess your workshop and/or instruction sessions?  What works well?

The University Libraries are working with the graduate school on a pilot program to offer a "Grad Commons"--basically a space on campus where graduate students can work and meet. The idea for this semester is to offer a workshop early in the week then have a corresponding time on the following Friday for individuals consultations. Here are our offerings: 

Tricks of the Trade: Conducting Efficient Library and Web Research
February 23, 2010
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Location: 101 Walter Library

There are many tools available from the University Libraries and the web that can increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a researcher. Learn how to use these to help narrow your topic, research your literature review, and fill in research gaps. This workshop will include mini-versions of popular Library workshops including "How do I know I have found Everything?," "Introduction to Citation Managers," "Google for Researchers" and more.

Individual consultation on conducting efficient library and web research is offered through Friday Grad Commons.


  • Kate Peterson, University Libraries
  • Kristen Mastel, University Libraries

Publishing Your Science Research Article
Date: March 2, 2010
Time: 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: TBA

This workshop, intended for graduate students 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.

Individual consultation on publishing is offered through Friday Grad Commons.


  • Kris Fowler, University Libraries
  • Jody Kempf, University Libraries

Friday Graduate Student Commons
Location: N-119 Elliott Hall, East bank
The "Friday Grad Commons" is a collaboration of multiple units across campus to provide students with a quiet space in which to write/read and to also consult with staff and faculty on a wide range of topics related to the graduate student experience. Each Friday will feature a specific topic and University staff and faculty with expertise on that topic will be available for individual consultations.

February 26
10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quiet space
1:00-4:00 p.m. Individual consultations--Efficient library and web research

March 5
10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Quiet space
1:00-4:00 p.m. Individual consultations--Getting publishing (quiet space starts at 10:30 a.m.)

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries in the Workshops category from February 2010.

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