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Library Workshops @ Parks Library

Watch for more workshop coming Fall 2018.

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.

Copyright in the Classroom: Guidelines for Instructors
Have you ever wondered what exactly “Fair Use” 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, campus resources for copyright support, 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.
Wednesday, September 5  (Memorial Union Gallery - not Parks Library)
Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Getting Started with LaTex 
LaTeX is a powerful typesetting language often used for writing theses, dissertations, peer-reviewed journal articles, and scientific documents. 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 one toggle.  Typeset mathematical equations, formulas, and Greek letters with ease.  Build your reference section automatically using the citation feature.Attendees will use with Overleaf, an online collaborative LaTeX editor, to work through examples and get hands-on experience with common features.
Thursday, September 13

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Data Management Planning, an Introduction
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.
September 25

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Beyond the Text: Rare Books as Artifacts
What will you discover when you approach a book beyond its text and examine it as an artifact? Trace the transition from manuscript to print culture evidenced in early books and manuscript leaves from the library’s rare books collection. Participants will learn to identify unique features of hand-press era books and have the opportunity to explore a book from the collection to discover its history.
Wednesday, September 26
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Grad Students: Everything you need to know about the Library...but were afraid to ask!
Grad Students: Learn how to find dissertations, influential research articles and important journals in your subject area! Find out who is your subject librarian, and learn about Library services that can help facilitate your research and writing!

Thursday, October 4
2:10 - 4:30.

Data Management Plans Made Easy ("I love it when a plan comes together!")
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!
Wednesday, October 18
2:10  - 3:30 p.m.

Dude, Where's my file?
This workshop builds off of the library workshop "Data Management Planning, an Introduction" but no prior knowledge or experience is required.

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
3:00 - 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
12:40 - 2:00 p.m.


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