I’ve attended a few of the Learn Something Quick workshops and am very impressed. (See the article below or look at this page for the topics/dates/time schedule, and course descriptions for the 40 different classes.) I would like to urge people to attend some of them this week (Sept. 3-Sept. 10, 2010.) For a 15-20 minute time investment, you can get a concise overview of a new technology or research trick. You can also get new or advanced information about technologies you’ve already worked with. Some classes have also come with handouts. Classes are offered two or more sessions, so you still can attend the ones that have already been offered! Here are some of the “gems” I’ve learned:
Photos and Clip Art: Spencer Jardine, Coordinator of Instruction taught this interesting class that included a half-page handout of web sites to go to for clip art and free photos. I will be using this information for Library News. The next one is Thursday Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.
Bengal Web–Beyond the Basics: Did you know you can customize your BengalWeb page? This class shows you how. It also covered BengalWeb Groups, which is really handy for clubs, organizations, teams, and more. You can e-mail your group and also post files or handouts. You can also bookmark your favorite web pages here. Marjanna Hulet, Training Assistant with the TIGERi Project taught it. The next one is Friday Sept. 10th at 11 a.m.
Facebook Settings and Privacy–This class covers the “ins and outs of the settings on Facebook.” I was interested in taking it to see if I was protecting my privacy enough, and it gave me a lot of answers. It included a short video on privacy settings. Jenny Semenza, the Head of Reference at Oboler Library, is the instructor. The class will be offered again on Wed. Sept. 8 at 3:30 p.m.
Last time they were offered I learned a lot about Google Books, Google Docs , and Google Scholar, which are all offered again this semester, as well as numerous other classes.
Most of the Learn Something Quick classes are offered more than once, so if any of these classes or the 37 others that are listed in the schedule intrigue you, you can still take them. The schedule is also posted on the bulletin boards near the entrance to the administration offices. Hurry, this program ends on Sept. 10th and it can make a big difference in your research this semester.
This article was contributed by Joan Juskie, Library News editor and Library Assistant at Oboler Library.