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Hone and perfect your strategies for getting work done effectively. We’ll cover two topics: expert use of core research databases, and developing effective writing habits. We’ll also provide snacks to help you stay alert!

  • Getting Unstuck Nov 14 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm with WTS Tutors and Librarians at Wells Library Grad Commons
    Feeling stuck? Tips for wrapping up the loose ends and breaking through your writer’s block.
Digital Library Brown Bag Series

The Digital Library Brown Bag Series began in 2003, and continues to cultivate interest from both IU and non-IU affiliates.  The series originated with a focus on digital libraries – standards, tools, and trends in the field – but has since expanded to include all areas and topics relevant to digital scholarship, including digital humanities and open-access publishing.  The brown bag series focuses on local practices and emerging trends, and is intended to encourage participation in digital library and digital research projects and initiatives.

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  • Creating an Archival Online Film Exhibit with Omeka: "WWII Propaganda Films and IU" Nov 5 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm with Rachael Stoeltje, Andy Uhrich, Asia Harman, and Seth Mitter, IU Libraries Moving Image Archive at Wells Library E159
  • The Failure of Altmetrics Nov 12 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm with Cassidy Sugimoto, School of Informatics and Computing at Wells Library E159
  • Using Omeka: Cultural Heritage Projects at Indiana University Nov 19 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm with William G. Cowan, Library Technologies Software Development; Erika Jenns, Arts & Humanities, Reference Services; and Ardea Smith, Black Film Center/Archive at Wells Library E159
  • Globalization of the US: From Digital Research Project to Digital Library Services Dec 10 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm with Michelle Dalmau, Digital Collections Services; and Erika Dowell, Lilly Library at Wells Library E159
Open Access Week: October 20-24, 2014

Description forthcoming.

  • Publishing Agreements 101 Oct 24 2014 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm with Naz Pantaloni at Wells Library 043
    As an author, what do I need to know when entering into a publishing agreement? This workshop will provide an overview of authors' rights, along with practical advice for negotiating publishing agreements. Participants will examine a range of sample contracts and author addenda to learn how to maximize their rights to reproduce, distribute, and display their work.
Graduate Students' "Write-In"

Call it a "write-in," "writing retreat" or "write-a-thon," the idea is to commit to a block of time to work on your writing project. Writing Tutors and/or experienced writers will start each session by facilitating goal-setting, then lead a brief wrap-up at the end. In between, you'll be getting some serious writing done.

  • Oct 24 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services, IUB Libraries at Wells Library E252
  • Oct 31 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services, IUB Libraries at Wells Library E252
    Halloween is scary. Writing doesn't have to be. Feel free to come in costume--we'll bring treats.
  • Nov 7 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services, IUB Libraries at Wells Library E252
  • Nov 14 2014 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services, IUB Libraries at Wells Library Grad Commons
    Stay on after the "Research/Write: Getting Unstuck" session and write!
  • Nov 21 2014 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm with Writing Tutorial Services, IUB Libraries at Wells Library E252
Effective Mindfulness

This presentation will summarize recent studies on the effects and effectiveness of mindfulness practice.  Consistent mindfulness practice over time affects our neurobiology and promotes a subjective lowering of stress, anxiety, and depression.  Now widely used in psychological and medical settings, mindfulness techniques can be a great addition to your personal health routine.  Join us for a brief overview of the research and an introductory mindfulness practice session.

  • Oct 29 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm with Dr. Carolyn L. Lee at Wells Library E243
The Libraries’ Image Collections Online: Describing, Organizing, and Sharing Images Online

Image Collections Online ( serves as a showcase for various image collections curated by the libraries, departments, cultural institutions, and faculty researchers of Indiana University. In this session, participants will learn about the service and how it can serve scholars’ needs to publish image collections related to research.

  • Nov 3 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm with Julie Hardesty, Kara Alexander, and Nick Homenda at Wells Library E159
Managing Peer Review with Open Journal Systems (OJS)

Open Journal Systems (OJS) provides a robust peer review management system that can be harnessed by any new or existing journal, regardless of whether it is open access. In this workshop, participants will engage in a hands-on demonstration of OJS’s peer review functionality, from article submission to final editor decision. Please note room E159 does not have computers; it is advisable to bring a laptop to fully participate in this session.

  • Nov 4 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm with Shayna Pekala at Wells Library E159
Rehabilitate Your Slideshow: Effective Alternatives for Engaging Presentations

With the increasingly high volume of web-based and open source alternatives to the traditional slideshow, choosing the best presentation platform requires identifying the tools that meet your teaching style and technology needs. This workshop will introduce you to some of the many alternatives to PowerPoint for creating dynamic presentations as well as offer helpful tips to make your audience feel more engaged with your topic.

  • Nov 5 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm with Michael Courtney and Carrie Donovan at Wells Library E243
Using Omeka at Indiana University: Adding Omeka to Webserve

Omeka is an open source tool for building online exhibits of digital objects. It has become increasingly popular in the past few years at IU. Learn how easy it is to setup your own Omeka site using IU’s Web server. In addition, learn the basics of using this tool.

  • Nov 11 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm with Will Cowan at Wells Library E159
Publishing Your First Book

Join staff members from IU Press, IUScholarWorks, and the IU Libraries for a discussion about how to publish an academic book. This three-part series is geared toward junior faculty and PhD students who are first-time authors. Each session will cover a stage in the scholarly book publishing process, including proposals, contracts, and permissions. Space is limited: if you wish to attend a session that is already full, please add your name to the wait list.
Wait list for "Before Signing a Book Contract"

  • Getting Permissions for Your Book Nov 12 2014 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm with Naz Pantaloni and Kristina Keogh at Wells Library E174
The HathiTrust in Context

"The HathiTrust in Context" will take a look at the scholarly potential represented by the HathiTrust corpus, as well as exploring its relationship to other digital resources that cover similar intellectual terrain. Attendees will have a guided opportunity to interact with this resource and, hopefully, become conversational in its search and research capabilities. Additionally, this session will provide a brief overview of the history of the project and an introduction to some of the tools and possibilities being developed by the HathiTrust Research Center.

  • Nov 13 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm with Nicholae Cline at Wells Library E159
Understanding Citation Metrics: the Basics (or Behind the Green Curtain)

Citation metrics and academic /scholarly analytics are often used to judge the impact or significance of a researcher's work, but the data yielded is often problematic.  Join a diverse group of IU librarians for a discussion of citation and article counts, the journal impact factor, and other new metrics ushered in by new library tools.  Examples include Scopus’ Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), the Impact per Publication (IPP), and the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR).   Questions and comments are welcome as we dive in to these exhaustive and versatile new online research environments.

  • Dec 2 2014 - 11:00am to 12:00pm with Jen Laherty, Bob Noel, and Nicholas Wyant at Social Science Research Commons Grand Hall (Woodburn 200)