Resolve to learn new digital tools, get the most out of library resources, or commit to your large-scale writing projects in the new year! This semester’s lineup of over forty Scholars’ Commons workshops will give you hands-on learning to complement your classroom experience and enhance your research.
Just a few examples of the workshops coming up:
- The weekly Scholarly Write-in offers a dedicated block of time to work on your dissertation, thesis, or other large-scale writing project. Erika Jenns, Scholars’ Commons Programming and Outreach Librarian, notes that “students set goals at the start of the session, which is something they might not do on their own.” Drop in occasionally, or attend every week to stay motivated in your writing practice.
- The “Monday Motivators” series offers expert tips on topics like procrastination, stress management, and better sleep. These are “skills you would not find in a classroom,” Jenns says, “and students would otherwise need to register for sessions at CAPS to find this type of support.”
- On Fridays, find workshops on Digital Tools and Visualization Methods for Humanists. Kicking off on January 13 with “Intro to Digital Humanities,” these workshops show off the giant screen of the Scholars’ Commons IQ-Wall to demonstrate tools for 3D visualization, text mining, virtual and augmented reality, and more.
- “Maker Mondays” introduce tools as varied as paper circuits, smartphone photography apps and accessories, and screenprinting to offer a creative learning experience. Leanne Nay, Scholarly Technologies Librarian, says that these “maker” events – a blend of high tech and low tech which encourage creating over consuming – “give students access to the tools and materials necessary to develop problem-solving skills while allowing them the freedom to discover knowledge on their own.”
- Researchers in the sciences will want to check out Research Tools for the Sciences to help you get the most out of the Libraries’ collections and resources.
Besides introducing tools and skills not found in the classroom, these workshops give you the opportunity to make valuable connections with librarians, faculty, staff, and fellow students. Register today to reserve your space!