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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.

Data Management Plans Made Easy

Need a plan? A data management plan (DMP) is a common requirement in research grant proposals. Learn to write a DMP with less stress using DMPTool - a tool that brings together tailored templates based on funder requirements and guidance that breaks down what you need to include. Plus get tips to make the process easier every time!
Thursday, October 18
2:10  - 3:30 p.m.

Dude, Where's My File?
This workshop will provide an overview of best practices for file naming and organization. If you regularly use Git, practice version control, use CamelCase or snake_case then you probably don’t need this unless you still can’t find anything or need to establish a new system. This workshop is for beginner to intermediate skill levels and no prior experience is needed.

Wednesday, October 24
1:10 - 2:00 p.m.

Getting Started with EndNote Web
Lost the references you need for your research paper? Thesis and 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. Learn how to get started with EndNote Web!
Thursday, October 25
3:10 - 4:30 p.m.

Putting Your Research on the Map with ArcGIS Story Maps
In this workshop you will learn how to create interactive map-based exhibits using ArcGIS Story Maps from GIS software giant ESRI. Story Maps is an open source online exhibit creation tool created by and based around the ESRI ArcGIS platform. In this workshop learn how to tell stories and create interactive tutorials by connecting multimedia content with ArcGIS Online maps. Previous GIS experience is NOT required, however, you will need an ArcGIS account and you can create a free non-commercial public account at with an option to sign in through Facebook or Google.
Wednesday, November 14
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Getting Started with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey
Want to build a banana piano or a temperature sensor alarm?  Maybe you want a houseplant to Tweet when it needs watering, or you’re just interested in learning more about electronics and how they work? This workshop will introduce the basics, pros, and cons of Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Makey Makey, three microcontrollers which allow interactions between computers and the physical world.  Participants will get hands-on time to build simple example circuits, and all types of kits are available for checkout from Parks Library for continued exploration after the workshop. Prior experience with coding is helpful but not required.  Desktop computers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own laptop if you want to save and edit your work afterward.
Thursday, November 15
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.


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