IM Subject Librarian
2023-2024 MI Academic Support Series Schedule
Note: Some sessions are mandatory and/or require advance registration. Read details below carefully and contact Lindsay with any questions. Sessions are a mix of online and in-person delivery.
Friday, September 15th, 2023 from 9:30-11:30am
*This session is mandatory for incoming students*
Learn how to cite better in APA! In this session, you will learn the basic principles of APA, practice creating citations, and hear the answers to some tricky FAQs related to this citation format.
Finding and reading LIS literature
Wednesday, September 20th, 2023 from 12:30-2:00pm
Students come to Information Studies from many different disciplines and with different experiences with academic literature. In this session, you will learn where to look for IS literature and what genres of IS literature you can expect to find. You will also gain some tips on how to read this type of work if you have never encountered it before.
Organizing your research with Zotero
Wednesday, September 27th, 2023 from 12:30-2:00pm
Citation management programs can help you store and organize your references, connect to full-text articles, and format your papers. They can really make your academic life easier! In this hands-on session, we will explore a popular and user-friendly citation management program called Zotero.
Tools & Strategies for Group Work (with Kate Crane)
Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 from 12:30-2pm
Evidence shows a link between group work and academic achievement, but many students cite negative experiences with group work due to a number of factors. In this session, we will look at both social and technological tools for facilitating group work. Students will gain an understanding of how groups work and why, as well as strategies for both repairing and preventing group conflict.
Easy Excel (with Julie Marcoux)
Wednesday, October 25th, 2023 from 12:30-2:30pm
Learn to beautifully format and print tables of data. Discuss some common fixes that can be applied to messy external data. Practice cleaning and analyzing data using Excel's built in tools. This workshop covers formatting, filtering, and conditional formatting. Prerequisite: be comfortable selecting cells and groups of cells in Excel.
Wednesday, January 17th, 2024 from 3-4:30pm
This session is for beginner users of PowerPoint. You will learn the fundamentals of setting up a presentation, adding text and images, animating bullet points, using speaker notes, and more. We will also talk about best practices. It will not be fancy!
Effective Class & Conference Presentations
Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 from 3-4:30pm
Conferences are a great way to disseminate new insights, research, and approaches in the information profession. As a graduate student, you will probably have to present your work in class, and may also have the opportunity to present at a conference. In this workshop, students will gain tips on how to organize an awesome presentation, increase the strength of their presence, and create great slides.