Fall 2020 Library Workshops via Zoom

Brookens Library is launching a new workshop series via Zoom for students this fall! These workshops are an opportunity to build up your research skills and get to know the library a bit better.

Please register and tell us which workshop(s) you’d like to attend by filling out the Registration Form, and you will receive a link to the Zoom session.

See our workshop schedule below:

Finding Articles in Library Databases
Tuesday, October 6 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday, October 8 at 10am-11am

Learn how easy it is to get exactly what you need for your research when you use the library’s online databases. We’ll give you an overview of Academic Search Complete and share our best tips for locating scholarly articles and narrowing your search to get more relevant information – a must for anyone doing a research paper.

Library Open Office Hours
Monday, October 12 at 3pm-4pm
Tuesday, October 13 at 1pm-2pm
Wednesday, October 14 at 5pm-6pm
Thursday, October 15 at 10am-11am
Friday, October 16 at 11am-12pm

The Library will be holding open office hours via Zoom to help students with their research projects, including using the library catalog and databases to find articles, ebooks, books, etc. If you have a question about library resources or services, stop by via the Zoom link below and ask! All open office hours are drop-in; no registration necessary.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uis.zoom.us/j/93218324904?pwd=WkFGb2w5SElTbmNYaDVEOUpoSEYxdz09

Optimizing the New Library Catalog: Articles, Books, I-Share & More
Tuesday, October 20 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday, October 22 at 10am-11am

Come take a hands on tour of the new library search interface and learn from your librarians about the recent updates to our library catalog and I-Share interface. Topics include: requesting books from I-Share, searching the catalog, and accessing your library account.

Spotting Fake News
Tuesday, October 27 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday, October 29 at 10am-11am

Evaluating online content is complex and incredibly important. This workshop will help you to be a savvier searcher.  In this workshop you will:

  • Learn about fake news and why it exists
  • Learn about confirmation bias and filter bubbles
  • Learn about tool and criteria for evaluating information on the internet

Getting the Most Out of Google Scholar
Monday, November 2 at 1pm-2pm
Thursday, November 5 at 10am-11am

Is Google Scholar a favorite in your research strategy? This workshop will teach you how to use advanced features such as search alerts, metrics, and more. Additional topics covered:

  • Overview Google Scholar, what it searches, and how to access articles
  • Setting up a Google Scholar profile
  • Linking Google Scholar to Brookens Library
  • Overview of basic and advanced search strategies
  • Understanding the results list and how to manipulate it
  • Organizing and saving results using the Google Scholar “My library”

Summer Workshops & Open Office Hours

Brookens Library is hosting a series of online workshops this summer to give you an update on what’s new with our new library catalog. We’ll also have workshops on how the library can assist faculty with reducing financial stress for students using course reserves and OER. If you can’t make it to our workshops, the librarians will also be available during open office hours throughout the month of July to answer any questions you might have.

Check out the details below:

I-Share and the New Library Catalog
Come take a hands on tour of the new library search interface and learn from your librarians about the recent updates to our library catalog and I-Share interface. Topics include: requesting books from I-Share, searching the catalog, accessing your library account, and updating your existing links to items in the catalog.

Tuesday, July 7 from 10am – 11am
Wednesday, July 8 from 11 am – noon
Thursday, July 9 from 2pm – 3pm
Tuesday, July 14 from 10am – 11am
Wednesday, July 15 from 3pm – 4pm
Thursday, July 16 from 10am – 11am

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uis.zoom.us/j/99236163691?pwd=SHF2R0NuZDkyNGxYM3NEL0ZZZnBFdz09
Meeting ID: 992 3616 3691
Password: 615855

Supporting Students with Course Reserves and Open Educational Resources
Course Reserves and Open Educational Resources are great ways to utilize library and online resources in order to increase access to class materials and ease student financial stress. Brookens Library is holding a workshop to help you better embed the library into your classes through navigating best practices for utilizing and requesting course reserves and finding and implementing OERs into your coursework.

Tuesday, July 7 from 1pm – 2pm
Thursday, July 9 from 11am – NOON
Tuesday, July 14 from 1pm – 2pm
Thursday, July 16 from 2pm – 3pm

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uis.zoom.us/j/91647873953?pwd=NXh1NTViME8wWXV4S1Rvay9OZHVxQT09
Meeting ID: 916 4787 3953
Password: 936297

Library Open Office Hours
The Library is holding open office hours via Zoom for faculty to drop-in with any questions regarding the changes to the new catalog, I-Share, course reserves, or finding OER materials. Open office hours take place Monday – Friday from 11:00 AM – NOON from July 6 through July 31. You can also reach out to your liaison librarian for assistance and support as you normally would: https://libguides.uis.edu/librarians

Join Zoom Meeting: https://uis.zoom.us/j/96766987717?pwd=WitXK3QvUWJrbVJSWVFYWFd6MnA5UT09
Meeting ID: 967 6698 7717
Password: 710281

Open Access Week Activities 10/21 – 10/25

This year, Open Access Week is from October 21 – 27, 2019.

Open Access Week is an annual scholarly communication event focusing on open access and related topics.  This week is celebrated with a number of workshops, seminars, etc.  The full schedule of events held this year around the globe may be found at their website: http://www.openaccessweek.org/

Brookens Library will be hosting two events next week.

“Open for Students and Educators: Open Educational Resources Level the Playing Field” Webinar
Tuesday, October 22, 1pm – 2pm, Brookens Library Learning Center (230A)

The Library will host the first event, a webinar led by Sara Rachel Benson at UIUC and sponsored by the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL) on Open Educational Resources (OER). A description of this webinar is as follows:

Open educational resources (OERs) are not usually a hard sell for students. But what about educators? How do they benefit from having access to resources that are licensed openly? And how can we, as librarians, guide faculty in adopting and adapting OERs? This free webcast will cover essential OER questions and topics, including:

  • What does OER mean?
  • How is OER helpful not only to students, but to educators as well?
  • Locating and adapting OER (or how to interpret Creative Commons licensing attached to OERs)

Speaker: Sara Rachel Benson, Copyright Librarian and Assistant Professor in the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network & Finding Alternate Free Textbooks
Wednesday, October 23, noon – 1pm, Brookens Library Learning Center (BRK 230A)

The Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Stephen McMinn, will follow up with a session on Open Textbooks, the Open Textbook Network, and finding alternate free textbooks in your discipline. 

For more information on these events or other Scholarly Communications or Open Educational Resources (OER) contact your subject librarian or Stephen McMinn (hmcmi3@uis.edu).

Scholarly Communications Workshop Series

The Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications, Stephen McMinn (hmcmi3@uis.edu), 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 (http://www.openaccessweek.org/).  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.

Upcoming Workshop: Fundraising Letters: 2/3/17, 3:00 pm


Learn the tried-and-true techniques of preparing fundraising appeal letters that supporters can’t resist. Move reply rates from 2% to 20% and see donations – and donation amounts – rise.

Join the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center and Laura Huth of do good Consulting on Friday, February 3rd for the workshop Great Fundraising Letters, Inside and Out. The workshop will be hosted in Brookens Library from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. If you are interested in attending, please register: http://go.uis.edu/fundraising letters.

Upcoming Workshop: Nonprofit Fundraising: 2/3/17, 12:30 pm


With nearly 80% of charitable dollars coming from individuals, it’s critically important for nonprofits to develop a strong, sustainable, and thriving grassroots giving program. From $20 donors to annual givers to major gifts, learn the not-so-secret secrets of how and why people give, how and when to ask them, and other useful tips.

The Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center is hosting a workshop called Fundraising that Works: Getting Grassroots Gifts in Brookens Library on Friday, February 3rd from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. The workshop will be taught by Laura Huth, the president and CEO of do good Consulting. Make sure to register for the workshop: http://go.uis.edu/grassrootsgifts

Upcoming Workshop: Nonprofit Marketing 2/3/17, 9:30 am


From the elevator to the evening news, marketing and public relations play a critical role in helping advance your organization’s mission. Identify ideal target audiences, great storytelling techniques, how people actually listen and learn, effective low-cost techniques to reach new and existing audiences, and how each person in your organization can make a difference.

On Friday, February 3rd from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM, the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center is hosting a workshop called Low-Cost, High Impact Marketing for Nonprofits. The workshop will be taught by Laura Huth, the president and CEO of do good Consulting, in Brookens Library. Register for the workshop at: http://go.uis.edu/nonprofitmktg



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