Library Calendar

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    • 11:00 - 11:50 am
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    New to the university? Need a refresher on using the library? This hands-on workshop will introduce you to library resources and services. After this workshop, you’ll be able to navigate the library website with confidence to access print and electronic materials. Come with questions if you have them!

    • 2:00 - 2:50 pm
    • Main Library 220 and online via Zoom (link will be sent in registration and confirmation emails)

    The HathiTrust Digital Library is the world’s largest, holding nearly 17.5 million digitized volumes from research libraries around the world. The HathiTrust Research Center, co-located here at UIUC and at Indiana University, is the research gateway to that enormous, near-universal library.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

  • A poster of the Author Q&A with Maryam Safajoo
    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm

    • 2:00 - 2:50 pm
    • Main Library 314

    Infographics can be an effective way to convey small bits of information very quickly, while drawing viewers in due to their visual appeal.

    • 3:00 - 3:50 pm
    • Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, SCIM, Room 052

    This workshop will provide an overview of the Spatial Computing and Immersive Media Lab. The hardware housed in the lab will be introduced followed by a demonstration of its capabilities. Use cases and capabilities of the lab’s tech will be highlighted.

Monday, March 4, 2024

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Google Scholar is an incredibly popular and useful tool for research with several features that scholars may not be familiar with.

    • 2:00 - 2:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Are you curious about what kind of sources and perspectives are out there beyond journal articles? This hands-on workshop will help you locate, use, and cite multimedia for your research. Some of the multimedia we go over includes images, podcasts and videos. You’re welcome (and encouraged) to bring a project you are currently working on!

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

    • 2:00 - 5:00 pm
    • Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, SCIM, Room 052

    Explore the different methods for motion capture available in the SCIM Lab. While the main focus of this workshop will be the Rokoko suit and gloves, we will also investigate computer vision and depth cameras. Learn about the pros and cons of each method and how you might use this data for research or media production.

    • 4:00 - 4:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Are you struggling to keep track of all your sources? Looking for an easier way to cite as you write? Mendeley is a free citation manager that helps you organize your citations, store and annotate your files, and insert formatted citations into papers.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • Main Library 220 and online via Zoom (link will be sent with registration and confirmation emails)

    Artificial Intelligence is rapidly changing the way that we write and research. But how can we use it ethically and effectively for social science and digital humanities projects? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll explore ways to use AI to clean your data, generate code, and analyze information.

    • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Are you overwhelmed by organizing your sources? Zotero is a free, open-source citation manager that helps you store and organize your files and insert formatted citations into papers. You will leave this hands-on workshop with a Zotero library set up and ready to use!

    • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Throughout your life you will, almost certainly, give presentations. We have all sat through presentations that were boring, confusing, and drab. How do you communicate your message most succinctly? What visuals will captivate and inform your audience the best?

Thursday, March 7, 2024

    • 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Web of Science is the widest-scoping, multidisciplinary platform of abstract databases for full-text articles, books, and conference proceedings. This session provides insight and strategies for getting the most use out of the platform.

  • Flyer for Lecture, photo of Dr. Karahalios, all other info in text below
    • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
    • Siebel Center for Design Gallery space

    • 2:00 - 3:15 pm
    • Illini Bookstore Building, Room 514

    Join us to learn more about how to manage your data! This workshop will cover file naming conventions, documenting your processes, baking up data, and sharing data. Prioritizing and implementing our best practices will ensure you can find things when you need them.

  • Spring florals.
    • 2:00 - 3:30 pm
    • Main Library Room 220

    Attention students: Join us in room 220 of the Main Library on Thursday, 3/7 from 2-3:30 pm for a FREE “Paint & Sip” workshop! Sip on an art-inspired mocktail while you learn about the soothing art of watercolors through an artist-led tutorial on how to paint your very own spring florals. All experience levels welcome!

    • 3:00 - 3:50 pm
    • Grainger Engineering, Grainger Commons, Rooms 233/235

    This audio editing software created by Adobe and part of the Adobe Creative Suite is available free of charge to all UIUC students, faculty, and staff. This potent tool offers a great variety of effects and correction tools in addition to outstanding mixing and mastering features.

  • Curry Hackett
    • 6:00 pm

    This lecture reflects on how my practice and research braids cultural studies and archival practices to discover emergent use cases for digital mapping and artificial intelligence.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Monday, March 18, 2024

    • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Infographics can be an effective way to convey small bits of information very quickly, while drawing viewers in due to their visual appeal. In this workshop students will learn about best practices for creating infographics and be introduced to several free online tools that allow users to create their own infographics, including: Piktochart, Infogr.am, and Visme.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

    • 10:00 - 10:50 am
    • Main Library 314

    The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) holds an extensive collection of primary source material, including 500,000 volumes and 5,000 linear sq. ft. of archival material. This workshop will explore the various ways in which patrons can engage with the RBML’s collection, including individual research, classroom instruction, and opportunities for collaboration.

    • 11:00 - 11:50 am
    • Grainger Engineering Library, Grainger Commons, Rooms 233/235

    Have you ever had an idea but didn’t have the tools to carry it out? The Grainger Engineering Library Information Center IDEA lab has a variety of technology and tools available to all students at the university.

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • Main Library 220 and online via Zoom (link will be sent with registration and confirmation emails)

    You've asked an AI generator to create a cat portrait in the style of Picasso, now what? Although sampling the work of others has been a natural part of image creation since humans have communicated through art, new AI tools have complicated that conversation.

    • 1:00 - 2:15 pm
    • Illini Bookstore Building, Room 514

    Join us to learn more about how to manage your data! This workshop will cover file naming conventions, documenting your processes, baking up data, and sharing data. Prioritizing and implementing our best practices will ensure you can find things when you need them.

    • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Illinois REDCap and how it can be used for the collection of research data, including how to create projects, instruments, and surveys and how to start collecting research data. It is recommended (but not required) that you have a REDCap account prior to attending the workshop. No prior REDCap experience is necessary.

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • Main Library 314

    Looking for a new way to conduct your research? Tired of getting zero results in your database searches? This workshop will break down how the professionals identify resources, and search for articles, books, and other scholarly works.

    • 3:00 - 3:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    This session will give you insight and strategies for getting the most out of Scopus; the largest interdisciplinary database of peer-reviewed literature including journals, books, and conference proceedings, particularly in the sciences.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

    • 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.Web of Science is the widest-scoping, multidisciplinary platform of abstract databases for full-text articles, books, and conference proceedings. This session provides insight and strategies for getting the most use out of the platform. We will highlight how to search for literature and authors, as well as where to find citation tracking data and grant information. Additional features and strategies covered include: the advanced search builder, refining and managing search results, analyzing citations, and unpacking item records.

    Web of Science is the widest-scoping, multidisciplinary platform of abstract databases for full-text articles, books, and conference proceedings. This session provides insight and strategies for getting the most use out of the platform.

    • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
    • Main Library 314

    This hands-on workshop will teach you how to make common word processing documents accessible for screen readers, and how to make presentations accessible for a wide range of users. We’ll cover MS Word and PowerPoint, Google Docs, and PDFs, as well as general best practices for accessibility that you can incorporate across formats.

    • 3:00 - 3:50 pm
    • Grainger Engineering Library, Grainger Commons, Rooms 233/235

    This session introduces the podcasting equipment and technology available to our campus community from the libraries. In addition to familiarizing ourselves with the equipment for recording, we will cover some beginning recording and audio editing techniques, particularly within the software Audacity.

    • 6:00 - 6:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.Are you preparing for an upcoming conference? Need to design a poster for your class? This workshop will give you tools for communicating your research for academic conferences and professional meetings in a concise and visually effective poster presentation. This event is co-sponsored by Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support, the Writers Workshop, and the Office of Undergraduate Research.

    Are you preparing for an upcoming conference? Need to design a poster for your class? This workshop will give you tools for communicating your research for academic conferences and professional meetings in a concise and visually effective poster presentation. This event is co-sponsored by Teaching, Learning, and Academic Support, the Writers Workshop, and the Office of Und

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

    • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    This Illinois REDCap workshop will focus on advanced ways Illinois REDCap can be used to collect research data, including how to build or edit projects with a Data Dictionary, collecting data with repeatable instruments, and collecting longitudinal data with defined events.

    • 2:00 - 5:00 pm
    • Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, SCIM, Room 052

    Learn about techniques for extending your video productions beyond the physical studio! In this workshop, we will utilize the HTC Vive tracking system at SCIM to bring live cameras into Unreal Engine for real time green screen compositing with a 3D environment instead of the more traditional 2D image/video.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

    • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
    • Main Library 314

    Are you preparing for an upcoming conference? Need to design a poster for your class? This workshop will give you tools for communicating your research for academic conferences and professional meetings in a concise and visually effective poster presentation.

    • 2:00 - 2:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    This session will give you insight and strategies for getting the most out of Scopus; the largest interdisciplinary database of peer-reviewed literature including journals, books, and conference proceedings, particularly in the sciences.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

    • 10:00 - 10:50 am
    • Grainger Engineering Library, Grainger Commons, Rooms 233/235

    Learn how to conduct an effective literature search using the database PubMed, a free database home to millions of citations for biomedical literature. Practice some basic search skills, like using boolean operators and applying filters, and learn some new techniques and tips for navigating PubMed and finding and saving relevant publications.

Friday, March 29, 2024

    • 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    • Illini Bookstore Building, Room 514

    Are you overwhelmed by organizing your sources? Zotero is a free, open-source citation manager that helps you store and organize your files and insert formatted citations into papers. You will leave this hands-on workshop with a Zotero library set up and ready to use!

Monday, April 1, 2024

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • Main Library 314

    Adobe InDesign is a layout and design software program that allows you to create print and digital media. It is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is available to all UIUC students for free! This workshop is designed for those with little to no experience with InDesign to help you learn the basics of using this document design program.

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • Illini Bookstore Building, Room 514

    Are you preparing for an upcoming conference? Need to design a poster for your class? This workshop will give you tools for communicating your research for academic conferences and professional meetings in a concise and visually effective poster presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the University Library, the Writers Workshop, and Office of Undergraduate Research.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • Main Library 220 and online via Zoom (link will be sent in registration and reminder emails)

    Planning a social science or humanities research project this summer? Putting together your dissertation or thesis proposal and not sure where to start? Join us for a hands-on workshop on project organization. We’ll discuss how a project charter can help you refine your research questions, identify models, and create a timeline.

    • 3:00 - 3:50 pm
    • Grainger Library, Grainger Commons, Rooms 233/235

    This video editing software created by Adobe and part of the Adobe Creative Suite is available free of charge to all UIUC students, faculty, and staff. It is the industry standard among videographers, directors, and editors. This workshop will introduce this powerful workstation to anyone interested in video production. No experience required, but helpful.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

    • 10:00 - 10:50 am
    • Grainger Library, Grainger Commons, Rooms 233/235

    Learn about the methodology and procedures for different types of scientific literature reviews — systematic, meta analysis, scoping, and more —to determine which process aligns with specific research projects. Acquire tools and explore University Library resources to implement in future research projects or assignments.

    • 2:00 - 2:50 pm
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Looking for a new way to conduct your research? Tired of getting zero results in your database searches? This workshop will break down how the professionals identify resources, and search for articles, books, and other scholarly works.

Monday, April 8, 2024

    • 11:00 - 11:50 am
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    This hands-on workshop will teach you how to make common word processing documents accessible for screen readers, and how to make presentations accessible for a wide range of users. We’ll cover MS Word and PowerPoint, Google Docs, and PDFs, as well as general best practices for accessibility that you can incorporate across formats.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • Illini Bookstore Building, Room 514

    Are you overwhelmed by organizing your sources? Zotero is a free, open-source citation manager that helps you store and organize your files and insert formatted citations into papers. You will leave this hands-on workshop with a Zotero library set up and ready to use!

    • 12:00 - 12:50 pm
    • Main Library 220 and online via Zoom (link will be sent with registration and confirmation emails)

    Tired of not being able to find a file when you need it? Have too many tabs open in your browser? This workshop will offer practical tips for organizing your digital spaces, cleaning up your file directories, and keeping your spreadsheets tidy. There will also be hands-on activities to help you tailor information management strategies to your projects.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    • 6:00 - 6:50 pm
    • Illini Bookstore Building, Room 514

    Are you preparing for an upcoming conference? Need to design a poster for your class? This workshop will give you tools for communicating your research for academic conferences and professional meetings in a concise and visually effective poster presentation. This event is co-sponsored by the University Library, the Writers Workshop, and Office of Undergraduate Research.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Friday, April 12, 2024

    • 2:00 - 2:50 pm
    • Main Library 314 and online via Zoom (link will be sent with registration and confirmation emails)

    The Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) holds an extensive collection of primary source material, including 500,000 volumes and 5,000 linear sq. ft. of archival material. This workshop will explore the various ways in which patrons can engage with the RBML’s collection, including individual research, classroom instruction, and opportunities for collaboration.

    • 4:00 pm
    • Player Piano room on the 2nd floor of the Music & Performing Arts Library (1300 Music Building, 1114 W Nevada St)

    Enjoy a free concert featuring the Music & Performing Arts Library’s Steinway Duo-Art Reproducing Piano and learn more about the instrument and roll collection.

Monday, April 15, 2024

    • 11:00 - 11:50 am
    • This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.

    Are you overwhelmed by organizing your sources? Zotero is a free, open-source citation manager that helps you store and organize your files and insert formatted citations into papers. You will leave this hands-on workshop with a Zotero library set up and ready to use! This session will be 50 minutes long with question and exploration time afterward.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

    • 2:00 - 5:00 pm
    • Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, SCIM, Room 052

    The field of XR hardware continues to advance rapidly. In this workshop we will give an overview of the various headsets available in the SCIM Lab and allow for hands-on demo time. We will also investigate using Unity and Unreal Engine to author XR applications.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

    • 1:00 - 1:50 pm
    • Grainger Library, Grainger Commons, Rooms 233/235

    Artificial intelligence is changing the way higher education is approaching research, writing, and teaching. This workshop will address the capabilities of ChatGPT and identify appropriate and effective ways participants can integrate this tool into their academic, research, and pedagogical pursuits in engineering disciplines.

    • 2:00 - 2:50 pm
    • Main Library 314

    Adobe InDesign is a layout and design software program that allows you to create print and digital media. It is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is available to all UIUC students for free! This workshop is designed for those with little to no experience with InDesign to help you learn the basics of using this document design program.

Thursday, April 25, 2024