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September 2021

ONLINE: Tips and Tools for spring semester planning

September 26 @ 7:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Now that fall is underway, plan the rest of your semester and get organized. Fill out a semester calendar, learn about online peer tutoring, explore tools to be more productive and connect with other students (maybe even make a virtual study group). We will send a Zoom link to those who register. Register

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ONLINE: Virtual Study Hour — Try the Pomodoro technique

September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm
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Finish the semester strong by learning how to use the Pomodoro technique, a brain-based study strategy.

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Programming & Pizza

September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

Do you have an idea for a web design project but need a little technical guidance? Want to experiment with scripting in R or Python? Curious about Git or GitHub? Want advice about how to create a map using GIS? Perhaps you don’t even know what you don’t know and need a helping hand. Join experienced staff from Libraries, Liberal Arts Technology and Innovation Services, Research Computing, and CSE-IT at our monthly Programming & Pizza, now held virtually, so it’s…

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ONLINE: Preregistering Your Research 101 (Bonus: Demo of OSF Registries!)

September 28 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Are you curious about what it means to register your research? Come learn about the benefits of pre-registering your research methods and analysis plans in registries such as Open Science Framework (OSF). Learn about questionable research practices (QRPs) and why preregistration is thought to be one way to thwart QRPs such as Hypothesizing After Results are Known (HARK). Additionally participants will leave with an understanding of the Registered Reports journal submission process. A demo will walk-thru how to use OSF…

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Amplifying Black Narratives: Past, Present, and Future

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Free
Friends Forum: A series for curious minds (icon)

Join the Friends of the Libraries for an online panel discussion on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. CDT, featuring Jokeda (JoJo) Bell, Tia-Simone Gardner, and Catherine Squires, and moderated by Cecily Marcus. The conversation will reflect upon Black art and culture in the archives.

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ONLINE: Finding Grant Funding for New Researchers

September 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Find more about how to find funding opportunities available to researchers and graduate students. Learn how to use Pivot (from Community of Science) and the Foundation Directory. Register

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ONLINE: Creating Posters in PowerPoint

September 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

Getting ready to do a poster for your course or at an upcoming conference? Learn pointers about using PowerPoint to create the poster as one giant slide, and send it to a large-scale printer. Register now

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IN PERSON: Calligraphy for Beginners

September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Toaster Breakerspace (Walter Library Basement), 117 Pleasant St. S.E. (Lower Level)
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Learn the basics of how to make decorative calligraphy and hand lettering! All skill levels are welcome. Workshop materials will be provided. This workshop will be ON CAMPUS in the Walter Library Breakerspace located in the Basement level. Register now!

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October 2021

ONLINE: Expanding your reach: How to give your best presentation

October 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Do you want to improve your skills in giving presentations? In this workshop you will learn best practices for presenting, such as telling your story with the ABT template, how to use design elements, and image use. Register

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First Fridays: A Grand Opening — Celebrating the Establishment of the Elmer L. Andersen Library

October 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free

First Fridays: Celebration! This season we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of First Fridays in the Archives and Special Collections! Join us for presentations on anniversaries, beginnings, milestones, and memories throughout our collections. A Grand Opening — Celebrating the Establishment of the Elmer L. Andersen Library Presented by Tim Johnson, Curator, Special Collections & Rare Books During the first week of April 2000 the University community celebrated the opening of Andersen Library as the latest jewel in the University Libraries…

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ONLINE: Demystifying Communicating with Faculty and Making Connections with Classmates

October 4 @ 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Talking to faculty doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating. Join us for a short session to learn tips on how to communicate with your instructors during office hours, e-mail, and phone conversations. You'll also learn some tips for sending emails of interest for open positions and mentorships, and strategies for setting up study groups with classmates. Zoom link will be sent to those who register. Register now

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2021 Kerlan Award to be presented to Ariane Dewey

October 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Free
The Kerlan Award

The 2021 Kerlan Award will be presented to Ariane Dewey in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children’s literature and in appreciation for generous donations of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children’s literature. Please join the Friends of The Kerlan, University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections, Rain Taxi-Twin Cities Book Festival for a virtual Kerlan Award presentation with curator Lisa Von Drasek and the honoree, Ariane Dewey on Monday, October 4th, 6:30…

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Software Carpentry Workshop: Databases and SQL

October 5 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

This two day session focuses on using databases and SQL for search and analysis of large or complex data sets. Learn to write queries in SQL, which stands for “Structured Query Language”. SQL provides hundreds of different ways to analyze and recombine data. We will only look at a handful of queries, but that handful accounts for most of what scientists do. Sign up for a spot

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Software Carpentry Workshop: Data Cleaning with OpenRefine

October 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Free

OpenRefine is a powerful open-source tool to help you work with messy data. We’ll show you how to explore and transform datasets using facets, filters, and clustering tools in OpenRefine. Researchers can take advantage of OpenRefine’s flexible spreadsheet-like interface in a reproducible and extensible framework. No previous experience is required Sign up for a spot

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ONLINE: Increase your reading efficiency

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Reading ramping up this semester? Having trouble staying focused? Let's talk about strategies to read more efficiently -- we'll cover reading strategies in the sciences and humanities. Register

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ONLINE: Midterm Madness Pomodoro Sessions

October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Gather with other students and staff to learn how to use the Pomodoro technique--a brain-research based study strategy--and work on whatever needs to get done. Come prepared to be productive -- whether that means studying for midterms (or anything else!), researching and writing, or finishing a problem set. Power through with others for accountability, and use this focused time to get stuff done. Then take a group break and repeat. Zoom link will be sent to those registered. Register

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