Farewell…until 2013

The toughest thing about having an awesome assistantship with #teamawesome is that it is, well, an assistantship and you have classes as well as work. Hence, we’ve been a little absent.

We’ll be back though! We’ve spent the past few weeks thinking up new workshops, tutorials, and blog posts for next semester.
Here’s some of what you can expect this coming spring. Note that some of the titles may change but the purpose and content will stay the same.
Workshop Series
Super Student: This workshop series is perfect for on and off campus classes because we will be talking about all the different ways you can collaborate on the web for projects. You can contribute to group projects in a timely manner and on time.

Web Development: Once again we will be giving workshops on HTML basics. We’ll also give several workshops on web design for beginners, intermediate, and advanced learners. Also, if you’ve ever been curious about what Wix and Weebly are about, definitely keep on the lookout for this workshop series.

Libraries on the Go: This workshop is very library-science focused. We’ll be sharing the latest on e-readers, mobile apps, and social cataloging. Bring the libraries out of the building and to the people!

Blogging 101: We’ll be going over the basics of blogging (much like the Fall 2012 blogging series we did). If you’ve ever been curious about blogging for your library for just for yourself, these are the workshops you should look for. We’ll cover everything from WordPress to Reddit so this series is for any kind of blogger out there.

Tech Fundamentals: Do the Macs at GSLIS intimidate or frustrate you? Are you really doing everything you can to keep your devices and data safe? Did you know that browsers are not the Internet? If any of these questions pertain to you, we’ll make sure you are well informed with this workshop series.

Marketing Libraries on the Web: We live in a Web 2.0 world. That includes your patrons. Learn about how libraries are reaching out and how you can, too, for your institution.


Blog Post Series:
Windows 8: Got a new PC or operating system upgrade for the holidays? Windows, it is safe to say, may never look the same again. We’re working on tutorials to help prevent you from getting lost in all the newness. In the meantime, we’re just exploring it for fun ourselves with how Windows 8 will affect the everyday user in mind. When GSLIS gets upgraded, we’ll start having workshops on it, too!

Our favorite open source programs on the web: Some of the best things in life are free. That phrase is especially true for the tech world. We use a lot of open source programs at #teamawesome and we want to share the awesomeness with you in this upcoming blog post series. Maybe we’ll have open source Mondays? Wednesdays? Either way, these will probably be weekly postings that will introduce a program, what it is about, and why you should and/or shouldn’t use it yourselves.

Security: How safe are you anyway? This will be a series of blog posts about security today and how it is rapidly changing, especially where personal devices are concerned and how we back up and preserve data on a personal level. There are so many ways you can protect your data wherever you are now and so many reasons to do so. Some people are already using their smartphones like their wallets and you can work with sensitive university data (like your financial aid records) on your tablet. What are you doing to make sure you’re playing safe no matter where you are and what you are doing?

UIUC’s new tech strategic plan: Have you heard about this? Policies are changing. The university is streamlining a lot of tech services and is collaborating with UC2B. They’re also creating policies about mobile devices, too. We’ll probably be blogging about this as the plan starts to solidify. In the meantime, follow the brainstorming stage of the plan at this wiki site: https://wiki.cites.uiuc.edu/wiki/display/CampusITStratPlan/Home

#teamawesome profiles!: This is an old traditional that has yet to be revived at this blog. Who is that mysterious presence that hangs around your online class? We’ll give you a face, a name, and some quirky info about us so you’ll know!

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