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Library Instruction Workshops

Listing of our current and archived workshops & webinars....


Pre-registration is required for all our Library Workshops. Registration opens 60 days before event.
Register for our Library Workshops online through the Learn@ISU website. Please let us know if you require any accommodation.

Here's how to register:

  • Visit Learn@ISU and login with your ISU Net-ID and password (see "User Name" and "Password" area in upper right corner)
  • Locate the Keyword search box (see upper left corner).  Type in LIB and then click the Search button
  • Find Library Workshops on the list, then find your workshop. Note current Workshops have a List Events link - click the link for your workshop.
  • Click Enroll - a pop-up window gives workshop info and a Register button - click that button to register for the Workshop. You're done!

You will receive an email with the subject: Enrollment Confirmation.  You may also receive periodic reminders that you have registered for the Workshop.

Library Workshops @ Parks Library

Pre-registration is required for all our Library Workshops. Registration opens 60 days before event.

Register for our Library Workshops online through the Learn@ISU website. Please let us know if you require any accommodation.

Spring 2019 Workshops
Introduction to Data Management Planning
Thursday, January 31, 3:10 - 5 p.m.
Ever wondered what makes a good data management plan? Have questions about data sharing & open data? Interested in learning how other researchers manage data? Want to know what resources are available to help you write a data management plan? Then this workshop is for YOU. 

How to Find and Use OER (Open Educational Resources)
Wednesday, February 6, 1:10 - 2 p.m.
Open educational resources are used across the world by instructors who want to save their students money and gain more control over how they teach. This hands-on workshop will introduce major OER repositories and strategies for locating and evaluating resources in various disciplines. Participants will leave with tools they can use to explore open textbooks and other open educational resources for use in their courses. 

Getting Started with LaTex
Thursday, February 7, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LaTeX is a powerful typesetting language often used for writing theses, dissertations, or peer-reviewed journal articles. Unlike a traditional word processor, files are written in a markup language and then run through LaTeX to apply the formatting. This allows authors to focus on their document’s content, not its appearance. Switch from single- to double-column formatting by changing a toggle. Build your reference section automatically using the citation feature. Typeset beautiful mathematical equations. This hands-on workshop uses the Overleaf editor to demonstrate the basics of LaTeX. Attendees will work through examples, experiment with common features, and take away a list of additional resources that can be used after the workshop to explore further.

Getting Started with Zotero
Thursday, February 14, 3:10 - 4:30 p.m.
Zotero is a great free tool for managing citations and documents, ideal for tracking sources used in your research. This workshop will show you the basics so you can:
• Collect and organize articles and citations -- add notes and personalized tags
• Sync data – add references even when away from your own computer
• Add references to Word documents and reformat citations to meet any journal’s style
• Share citations and documents through a Group Library
Join us to get started with Zotero! You are welcome to bring your laptop to jump right in or use an ISU computer for some hands-on experience.

README: The 5 W’s of Your Data
Tuesday, February 19, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Working with data that’s not well documented can leave you asking “what even is this?” or “what was I thinking?” This workshop will teach you how to take steps to prevent these situations by creating a README: a text document that explains how to open and use a other files. Documenting the Who, What, When, Where, and HoW of your data (5 W’s) isn’t high tech and no prior experience is needed.

Open Access Publishing: Where do I Start?
Thursday, February 21, 3:10 - 4:30 p.m..
Start exploring your options for Open Access publishing today! This workshop will walk you through the process of identifying and evaluating a publisher, locating funding, and exploring other options for making your research open. Whether you want to publish your dissertation or share your research data, we'll get you started!

Getting Started with EndNote Web
Friday, March 8, 3:10 - 4:30 p.m.

Lost the references you need for your research paper? Thesis & dissertation citations becoming unmanageable?  This workshop for beginners introduces EndNote Web, a free bibliographic management program that helps you collect, organize, format, and use your collected citations in your writing projects.

Copyright in the Classroom
Tuesday, April 2, 1:10 - 2:30 p.m.
“Have you ever wondered what “Fair Use” really means? In this workshop, representatives from the University Library and University Counsel will use real-life scenarios to help you navigate topics such as Fair Use, the TEACH Act, copyright support on campus, and more! The workshop will focus on topics that are relevant to instructors, but it will be useful for anyone with questions about copyright on campus.”

Escape from Spreadsheet Hell
Friday, April 3, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Have you ever felt like Excel is working against you instead of with you? This workshop will cover best practices for set-up and formatting, the differences between spreadsheet file types, and tips for avoiding common pit-falls in Excel and similar programs. There’s no escaping spreadsheets but you can escape spreadsheet hell!  TL;DR – we’ll teach you how to create spreadsheets optimized for reuse by you and others. Your future self will thank you.

Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon: Digital Humanities in Practice
Wednesday, April 10, 1:10 - 2 p.m.

Digital Humanities has been one of the most ubiquitous phrases on university campuses for a number of years. This workshop will put a practical and pedagogical face to the phrase, by introducing the concept of a Wikipedia “Edit-a-Thon.” Attendees will learn how to turn Wikipedia editing (updating as well as creating entries) into a valuable teaching tool in the humanities.

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