Scholarly Communications Workshop Series

The Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Stephen McMinn (, at the Brookens Library will be presenting a number of informative sessions on various scholarly communication topics in the Library Learning Center (BRK 230A) from Noon to 1pm on the dates below. Anyone is welcome to attend, and feel free to bring your lunch!

This Fall, most of the topics covered are related to practical advice and demonstrations of the most popular Bibliographic Management applications designed to help researchers and scholars organize their personal libraries of important articles, books, etc. as well as creating bibliographies.  The Spring sessions will cover such topics as OER (Open Educational Resources), author rights, copyright, using citation tools to determine impact of your scholarship, and related scholarly communication topics.

Scholarly Communications Lunch & Learn Workshop Series:

Overview of Bibliographic Management Tools
October 9th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will demonstrate the basic features of the various bibliographic management applications (EndNote/EndNote Web, Zotero, Mendeley, etc.) as well as discuss the similarities and differences in helping choose the application right for you. Then you can attend the specific session on the tool that best meets your needs.

Open Access Week Event discussing Open Textbooks and the Open Textbook Network
October 23rd, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

Open Access week is October 21st-27th (  This event will discuss Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network, including how to locate and use these resources in place of expensive commercial offerings saving students monies and improving educational outcomes.

EndNote and EndNote Web
November 6th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will cover EndNote and EndNote Web including specifics related to getting citations into the application and demonstrate using this tool to create bibliographies and organizing the important papers related to your research and scholarship.

Zotero Bibliographic Management Tool
November 20th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

This session will cover the Zotero Bibliographic Management tool to organize your citations and create bibliographies. 

Mendeley Bibliographic Management Tool
December 4th, Noon – 1pm, Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

The Mendeley Bibliographic Management tool was recently purchased by Elsevier and works with Scopus and other databases.  This session will demonstrate how this tool works for creating bibliographies and managing citations.

Open Access Week At Brookens

Brookens Library is celebrating Open Access Week (October 20th  – 26th) with two events on Thursday, October 23rd  in Brookens 141A.
The first is an “Update on Open Access at UIS” presented by Stephen McMinn, Director of Scholarly Communications at 11:00 am followed by a Webinar at Noon presented by Ebsco entitled “The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics.”

The session, “Update on Open Access at UIS” will provide an introduction to open access and why it is important. It will also include an update on the universities response to the Open Access to Research Articles Act.

A brief description of the webinar, “The Feedback Loop Between Open Access & Altmetrics”, starting at Noon is as follows:
In recent years mandates for researchers to publish their research – both articles and data – openly are growing. Yet, mandates do not always work; researchers still do not do this. Altmetrics, and the information about how people are interacting with research, can provide the feedback loop needed to help motivate people to publish openly. In this one-hour webinar, Mike Showalter of Plum Analytics will describe and demonstrate altmetrics and open access and you will learn about the capabilities of using altmetrics as your own open access feedback loop.

Please join us for either event celebrating Open Access Week! Both events are FREE and open to the public!