Put Social Media to Work for You! GOLD Workshop

Creating a Professional Web Presence

Creating a Professional Web Presence

Social Networking for Professionals (Ruby Certificate Requirement)
Thursday, October 27, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 121

Ruby Certificate Workshop

Becoming an Uber-Researcher

Becoming an Uber-Efficient Researcher

Becoming an Uber-Efficient Researcher 

Thursday, October 22, 2:30-3:30 pm

Milne Library Room 104

Learn about easy-to-use research tools that help you organize, share and automatically cite your research sources.  Walk-ins are welcome! Bring your own laptop or check out a netbook at Milne’s Service Desk!

GOLD Leadership Workshop in Milne

Ruby Certificate: Fair Use

Thursday, October 6
2:30-3:30 pm

Milne Library
Room 121

Can you be sued for using an image you found online?  Is writing fan fiction legal?  When you get inspired by something you read online and create something new from it, do you own it?  After discussing scenarios, attendees will appreciate the fine line between fair use and copyright infringement, and will recognize the difference between student and professional behavior.

Walk-ins are welcome! This Workshop is a Ruby certificate requirement.

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo

Organize Your Web Research with Diigo (Ruby Certificate)

Thursday, September 29, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 121

Diigo is a powerful research and collaboration tool that can help you save, organize, and share what you discover on the web. Don’t do research twice! Learn how to save, annotate, tag and share websites while creating your own personal archive.

Walk-ins are welcome! Bring your own laptop or check out a netbook at Milne’s Service Desk!

Library and CIT Workshops for faculty: January 2011 Teaching and Research Academy

Faculty can use this form to register for any of the workshops listed below.

Introduction to myCourses

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (9-10:00 am) and REPEATED Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (9-10:00 am) — Location: South 328 — All myCourses workshops are taught by Laura Cook and Marie Shero (CIT)

This training offers a comprehensive introduction to the features and user interface of myCourses and is designed for beginners. This session will familiarize faculty with the following aspects of this online tool:

  • Initial Set-Up (Login, Course Lists, Themes, Navigation)
  • Basic Content Creation (User Tracking, Uploading Syllabus)
  • Management Tools (Edit Course Begin Date, Roster Management)
  • Data Management (Policy, LOR, Merging Classes)
  • Communication (eMail, Calendar, Announcements, Tokens, eRes)

Instructional Design and Best Practices using myCourses

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (10:15-11:30 am) and REPEATED Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (10:15-11:30 am) — South 328

This training is for intermediate users who are familiar with creating course materials within myCourses. This training includes:

  • Presentation & Organization (design your course for maximum effectiveness)
  • Dropbox & Assessment Best Practices
  • How to Create Effective Discussion Forums
  • Managing and Organizing Team Assignments

myCourses Gradebook

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (1:30 -2:30 pm) and REPEATED Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (1:30 – 2:30 pm) — Location: South 328

Are you interested in getting your gradebook(s) set up for Spring semester?  Bring your grading criteria and learn how easy it is to use the myCourses gradebook.  This tool cna be used for grading some or all of your assignments.  If you love Excel and have not wanted to change, we will show you how you can incorporate the best of both worlds.

Incorporating Grading Rubrics in myCourses

Thursday, January 6, 2011 (2:30 -3:00 pm) and REPEATED Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (2:30 – 3:00 pm) — Location: South 328

Did you know instructors can created and utilize grading rubrics within myCourses?  Join us for this hands on session to learn how easy it is to create and incorporate grading rubrics for point-and-click grading of dropbox submissions, essays, or short answer assessment questions.  Instructors can allow students to preview their criteria before beginning an assignment and/or after the submission!

Scholar Universe and Managing Your Online Identity

Monday, January 10, 2011 (3-4pm) — Location: Milne 104– Presentation by Anne Baldwin (The Office of Sponsored Research) and Bonnie Swoger (Milne Library)

Scholar Universe was recently purchased by the Research Foundation of SUNY to facilitate collaborations across the SUNY system and beyond. Each faculty member has an expertise profile within Scholar Universe which will be publicly accessible. Learn how to manage your Scholar Universe profile and about additional online tools for claiming your scholarly identity.

Organizing Digital Information with the Diigo Bookmarking tool

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 (3-4 pm) — Location:  Milne 208 — Presentation by Tracy Paradis (Milne Library)

Learn how to annotate and tag the web while creating your own personal archive. Diigo is a powerful collaborative research tool that integrates tags and folders, highlighting and clipping, sticky notes, and group-based collaboration, enabling the process of online knowledge management, learning, and teaching. Use it in your teaching to highlight critical features within text and images, write comments, and group materials into the units you want and do it all directly on the Web without the hassles of downloading, uploading, or printing.  Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, participants will need to bring their own laptop computer.

A Closer Look at Free Citation Management Tools

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (3-4pm) — Location: Milne 208 — Presentation by Justina Elmore and Bonnie Swoger (Milne Library)

Organizing the journal articles, documents, web pages and other information sources on your computer or on the web can be a daunting task. This workshop will introduce and compare the two most popular free citation tools available, Mendeley and Zotero. These tools will help you organize, analyze, cite and share your information resources. We will discuss the differences and similarities, and outline the pros and cons for each tool. Participants will have an opportunity to start using the tool that best meets their needs.  Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop, participants will need to bring their own laptop computer.

Upcoming Workshops: Plagiarism, Bookmarking, Information Ethics and more

Milne Library is offering several upcoming workshops.

Plagiarism Workshops

Students plagiarize for many reasons. While some are simply trying to get through a course as easily as possible, others procrastinate and panic, taking a few short cuts to get the assignment done. Some students think that text on a “group-developed” web page like Wikipedia does not have to be cited because it is “common knowledge” (not true!) Others genuinely do not understand how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly.

In this workshop taught by librarians, students will discuss how copyright laws and plagiarism rules apply to using material from the web. Students will learn how citing correctly can help avoid unintentional plagiarism. Students will also learn how to write a paragraph that successfully and clearly distinguishes paraphrases and quotes from original ideas and language.

  • Monday November 1, 4:00-5:00 PM, Room: Milne 213
  • Wednesday November 3, 5:00-6:00 PM, Room: Milne 213
  • Tuesday November 16, 2:30-3:30 PM, Room: Milne 213
  • Thursday November 18, 7:00-8:00 PM, Room: Milne 213

There is no pre-registration for the plagiarism workshops. Students can just come to the listed classroom at the times above.

GOLD Workshops

The following workshops are a part of the GOLD program, as a part of the Ruby Certificate.  Registration is through the GOLD program website:

Ethics and Laws of Online Information (Ruby Certificate Requirement)
Wednesday, November 3, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 109
Did you know there were laws governing how you can use the information you find on the internet? Students are constantly making ethical decisions and taking legal risks when using the internet. In this workshop, these issues will be explored using scenarios.
Instructor: Sue Ann Brainard, Library Faculty

Using Diigo Bookmarking Tool (Ruby)
Tuesday, November 2, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 104
No longer do you need to print web pages to highlight and take personalized notes! Diigo is a powerful research and collaboration tool that can help you save, organize, and share what you discover on the web. Students will learn how to save, annotate, tag and share their favorite sites while creating their own personal archive.
Instructor: Tracy Paradis, Library Faculty

Microsoft Word: Create Brochures and Newsletters (Ruby)
Tuesday, November 9, 2:30-3:30 pm
Milne Library Room 104 (Location may change–check GOLD web site)
A great way to increase awareness, interest and knowledge in today’s business world is through brochures and newsletters. Use them to promote your next event, advertise a product or location, or publicize a topic of interest. Learn to create these document types by using MS Word’s column, section and graphic features.
Instructor: Steve Dresbach, Technology Instructor, Milne Library

GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops in Milne — Week of 4/5

Join Milne Librarians this week as they offer two more GOLD workshops as part of the Ruby Leadership for the Information Age Certificate series.

On Tuesday, April 6, 2-3 p.m. in Milne 208, Tracy Paradis will present Using Diigo Bookmarking Tool, a powerful research tool that combines enhanced online browsing and interactions with annotation, social bookmarking and information sharing capabilities. No longer do students need to print web pages to highlight and take personalized notes! Workshop participants will learn how to save, annotate, tag and share their favorite sites while creating their own personal archive.

Students feeling unsure or anxious about citing the sources used in their research papers may want to attend Citing Sources in English and History, offered by Sue Ann Brainard on Wednesday, April 7, 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. Participants will practice writing bibliography entries and footnotes in both MLA and Turabian/Chicago styles. The workshop will cover tricky entries for reprinted articles, essays in collections, and primary sources like oral histories and interviews.

See the GOLD registration page to register for these workshops and others.

Need Scholarship or Fellowship Money?


A meeting to discuss Spring Scholarships and Fellowships will be held next Tuesday, Mar. 30 at 7pm in Newton 201. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to attend.

GREAT Day InDesign Poster Creation Workshops


Are you creating a poster to show off your work for this year’s GREAT Day? Have the content but unsure of how to begin formatting it so that it looks good?

Adobe’s InDesign is a desktop publishing program that gives you the tools to be used for design and layout purposes. InDesign is a “GREAT” choice for making any document that needs some creative layout, from posters to newspapers. It offers all kinds of features to modify your text and images, which can work together in interesting ways to create a unique and professional design.

Laura Cook, Assistant Director and Manager for CIT Instructional Technologies, will provide two open training sessions on InDesign poster creation:

Open sessions will be held on:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Milne 104 LL
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Milne 104 LL

Students do not need to sign up ahead of time.

Images courtesy of:Lee Bennett and pennydogaccessories via Creative Commons on Flickr.

GOLD (Ruby Certificate) Workshops — Week of 3/22

The next three GOLD Workshops (Ruby Certificate) being offered by Milne Library staff begin with MS Access 2007 Level II: Design, Create and Use Queries, taught by Steve Dresbach on Monday, March 22 from 2-3 p.m. in South 328. This latest offering in Steve’s MS Office series will focus on the design and creation of queries (questions) that enable users to select specific information from tables created in MS Access, a database application for entering, storing, retrieving and print data related to a particular topic or purpose.

Next up is Researching Music, a workshop designed to explore the scores, recordings, databases, literature about music and much more that lie within Milne Library’s music collection. Do you know where to find them or how to use them? What is RILM or Naxos? Learn the “secrets” of advanced searching techniques, how music resources are organized, and how to easily locate and access them within Milne and beyond. The workshop will be held in Milne 208 on Tuesday, March 23, from 2-3 p.m.

In today’s world, the Internet is the information tool used most often, yet students frequently complain about not finding reliable, information-rich websites despite hours of searching. Librarian Sue Ann Brainard will show students how to find “hidden” web pages, and become skeptical investigators and sophisticated searchers, in her Quickly Finding Quality Information on the Web workshop, on Wednesday, March 24, from 2-3 p.m. in Milne 109. (This workshop was previously called C.S.I.: Critically Searching the Internet.)