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Improve ‘Tech’-nique with library workshops

Miami University libraries have a number of free technology and information management workshops scheduled in fall semester – from podcasting to blogging to adding Google Earth to Web sites.

According to Michael Howser, information literacy coordinator/GIS librarian, workshops related to research and technology have been offered since 1998. “These workshops are designed to help faculty, staff and students enhance their information fluency skills,” he said. The library is constantly adding and revising topics to reflect new and emerging trends.

In the 2006-07 academic year, 29 sessions were taught, with 192 participants.

New workshops added for fall 2007 include Bioinformatics Unleashed, Blogging for Assignments, Creating Poster Assignments, Effective Googling (and knowing when not to Google), From Accordions to ZZ Top: Music Text and Audio Resources and a number of topics designed to aid research.

Of special interest is a digital video series taught by Dan Battistone, a student employee in the Center for Information Management. Using Final Cut Pro, participants learn tips and techniques to create Hollywood level effects.

The workshops offer librarians the chance to explore a topic of interest in greater depth and share that knowledge with others. Howser’s class on creating customized Google maps, for instance, reflects his own interest in Web-based mapping applications and Cascading Style Sheets. “To me, these workshops are an opportunity to explore new technology and approaches to concepts while engaging participants in experimenting with new, cutting edge technologies,” he said. “ If you are considering attending one of these workshops, be prepared to think creatively and to have fun while learning.”

Participants can register for any workshop online.
Howser urges early registration because classes fill up quickly. More will be offered spring semester. For more information or to register visit

Date Published: 09/06/2007
Volume: 27   Number: 5


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