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Events and Outreach Guide: Back to School Workshops

Back to School Workshops: Description

Workshops and online sessions allow our staff to share their knowledge and expertise as well as provide students with the information they need use the library more effectively.  During this time when physical access to our spaces and collections may be more limited, these introductory online workshops could play an even more valuable role in our outreach activities, esp. as students start their fall semester. 

Back to School Workshops will be offered during NSO and into the first week of classes, August 24-Sept 4.  These workshops will be promoted during NSO and will provide students with information under the following tracks: 

  • Library How-To
    Tutorials to help students learn how to use the library and navigating its many resources. Focus on online services. 
    Examples: How to Use the Virtual Computer Lab, How to Find and Request a Book
  • Discover the Libraries 
    Show off items from your collection or student work created in your department. Highlight little known programs and services available to students.  Get students excited about physical things, spaces, and opportunities available to them once campus opens up.  
    Examples: Comic Books; Making Music: Equipment Lending in the Music Library; GIS: Student Projects in the Community
  • Research Toolkit
    Basic workshops on helpful research tools and techniques or topics related to information literacy and critical thinking. Online sessions to highlight subject-specific e-resources are also welcomed. 
    Examples: How to Spot Fake News, Tools and Techniques for Better Notes, Intro to Zotero, Online Newspapers from Around the World
  • Making and Creating
    Short, introductory tutorials on how to get started with small projects. Technical tips and advice or reviews on various apps or equipment.
    Examples: Free Alternatives to Adobe Creative Cloud; Improve Your Camera Photos; How to Design a Digital Flyer 

Workshops can be scheduled any day and time between August 24-Sept 4. The only exception is Aug 31 when required NSO sessions will be scheduled.


Technical Requirements

  • Zoom account
  • Reliable internet connection
  • Reliable microphone and computer video camera
  • Must be comfortable on live video and okay with being recorded.

Please note that, per the request of the University's NSOAI, all workshops need to be recorded and available for students who could not access the workshop live.

What Should I Do Next?

Workshops do not need to be in final form for you to sign up!  If you are interested and just have an idea, feel free to add your name to the list!

  1. Click on the sign up button above to access the sign up Google sheet.  Please provide as much info as possible. 
  2. Plan your workshop
  3. Schedule your workshop in libcal. 
  4. Add you libcal link to the sign up sheet and update your workshop information, if needed.
  5. Do a technical check

You will receive follow up emails over the next few weeks with more information and some helpful tips for a successful workshop. 

To ensure the best promotion of your workshop, please provide us with your workshop details by July 31.  Workshop details will still be accepted up till Aug 15.  

For questions or comments about Back to School Workshops, contact Dorothy Espalto,

How Do I Sign Up?

If you would like to lead a workshop, please press the button below to access the sign up sheet.



To ensure inclusion in all of our promotional efforts, please sign up by:  
July 31, 2020

FINAL deadline to sign up and submit all workshop info:  
August 15, 2020