Coming Soon at the Main Library

Hey again, everyone! We’re halfway through the semester already. Don’t focus too hard on that, it’ll go by too quick if you do.

Anyway, down to business. Unsurprisingly, as this is a large university, there are a lot of events to keep track of. As such, there are a lot of calendars to keep track of. I’ve taken a look at upcoming events being held at the Main Library in the next few weeks, and have created a small list of events, workshops and programs that you may find interesting. If you’re looking for more, head over to the library homepage’s news and events page.

Many of these events have Registration pages, so I have included direct links.

October 26th, 2015:

Creating and Incorporating Visual Media Into Your Research

1:00PM – 1:50 PM

Main Library, Library 314

Hosted by Erik Kurt, Media Commons Coordinator

Visual media can add style and presence to a dissertation, presentation, or online exhibition. This workshop will show you how to create meaningful material with visual style, including an introduction to image and video editing software.

October 27th, 2015:

Choosing a Citation Manager

11:00AM – 11:50AM

Main Library, Library 314

Hosted by Kimberly FosterResearch and Information Services

Are you having trouble keeping track of your citations for your research? This workshop will help you figure out which citation management tool is right for you! Will include RefWorks, Flow, Zotero, and Mendeley.

October 30th, 2015:

An Introduction to Prezi

11:00AM – 11:50AM

Main Library, Library 314

Hosted by Clara Volker, Research and Information Services

Come to this workshop to learn about Prezi, the alternative way to showcase your presentations. We will show you the basics of how to use this free program to edit your presentations, when Powerpoint just won’t cut it.

November 2nd, 2015:

Secrets to getting the most out of collaborative technologies: Wikis and Box and Docs oh my!

1:00PM – 1:50PM

Main Library, Library 314

Hosted by Alan Bilansky, Technology Services

Are you getting the most out of your collaborative sharing programs? We will be talking about the latest news in collaborative editing programs and technology, including the campus wiki,, and Google Docs. There have been some very recent and very interesting changes to the technology, so come by to learn more about what you’re missing out on!

November 3rd, 2015:

Introduction to the Hathi Trust Research Center Portal for Text Mining Research

11:00AM – 11:50AM

Main Library, Library 314

Hosted by Eleanor Dickson, Scholarly Commons

The Hathi Trust Digital Library is one of the leaders in digital research collections. Interested in finding out how to work with such a large scale of texts? Come to this workshop to find out how the Hathi Trust Research Center (HTRC) is making great new strides in cyberinfrastructure software tools and skills.

November 6th, 2015:

CONTENTdm: Introducing UIUC Library’s Digital Collections

11:00AM – 11:50AM

Main Library, Library 314

Hosted by Patricia Lampron, Content Access Management

CONTENTdm is the main digital asset management system in the University Library, which hosts many rich digital collections from our Library’s special collections. CONTENTdm allows users to browse and search these collections, and provides tools that enhance research and pedagogical practices for both faculty and students, through use of our materials.

This workshop will introduce collections hosted in CONTENTdm; then provide instruction on accessing the collections, including browsing, searching, and filtering using facets; customizing the user experience; and utilizing the tools built into CONTENTdm to facilitate the use of our materials, for example: saving items to a favorites folder, exporting images and metadata, and downloading PowerPoint presentations with items from saved favorites that can be used for teaching and researching.


If you’re interested in any of these events, be sure to register!

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