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Get the latest library news from our University Libraries blog. Find faculty bulletins, upcoming event information, research news and feature stories covering both the San Marcos and Round Rock libraries. The Keystone blog gives you a behind-the-scenes update on The Wittliff Collections.

Library Event Calendars

The Alkek Library and The Wittliff Collections host a variety of events and workshops throughout the year. Events range from fun activities, like game nights, to information literacy workshops and author readings.
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Upcoming Alkek Events & Workshops

Location:
Online via Zoom; Alkek 452 or Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kristen Van Diest, kvandiest@txstate.edu
Dr. Erin Dorrell, erin.dorrell@txstate.edu
Gabriella Alderete-Cruz, g_a95@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Are you thinking about achieving success in academia, or how to improve your research skills? Well, the peer-review process is a great way to tack both of those things. Going through the peer-review process can improve your skills as both a researcher and writer, while also impacting the rigor of your field.
Come to this presentation to learn more about the basics of peer-review and how you can get started with it.
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Location:
Alkek Library; Alkek One technology studios on the first floor of Alkek
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Shannon Weigum
Co-Director
TXST Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
sweigum@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
ABOUT THE ACCELERATOR
Produced in partnership with the Texas State Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, the first Future Maker Accelerator is being hosted at Alkek One on the first floor of the Alkek Library. Alkek One offers a wide variety of creative technologies that program participants can use to create or develop business ideas.

Whether you are looking to create an individual side hustle or get VC funded and build the next world-changing corporation, this program will help you assess the pros and cons of entrepreneurship, evaluate next best steps, and prepare to pitch potential customers and investors. This program is open to all members of the community thanks to a generous grant from the Alkek Foundation.

The flexible structure of the program allows participants to start on any workshop date, pick up wherever they leave off, and attend weekly support sessions for small group and individual coaching.

PROGRAM DETAILS
Saturday Workshops Topics Include:
  1. Creating or Refining Your Value Proposition
  2. Developing Your Business Model
  3. Building Your Team
  4. Pitching Your Business
Open Office Hours and Pitch Practice sessions will be held on the Tuesday and Thursday following each Saturday Workshop. 

Summer/Fall PROGRAM SCHEDULE
4-hour Weekly Workshops will be held on select Saturdays at Alkek One from 1pm – 5pm, based on the university’s Academic Calendar.

Here are the currently scheduled workshops for 2023:
  • July 15 – Creating or Refining Your Value Proposition
  • July 22 – Developing Your Business Model
  • Sep 30 – Building Your Team
  • Oct 7 – Perfecting Your Pitch
  • Nov 11 – Creating or Refining Your Value Proposition
  • Nov 18 – Developing Your Business Model
Open Office Hours will be held from 9am – 11am on the Tuesday and Thursday morning following each Saturday workshop.

Pitch Practice will be from 3pm – 5pm on the Thursday afternoon following each Saturday Workshop.
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more about event

Location:
2nd Floor of Alkek Library; 2nd floor
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Taylor Glover, taylorglover@txstate.edu
512-408-5122
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Banned Books Week is Oct 1-7! Come check out our display of banned books. If you are a banned book rebel, take a mug-shot selfie and share on Instagram with the hashtag #txstbannedbooksweek.

Location:
AlkekOne; AlkekOne
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Hambleton, ejhambleton@txstate.edu
Kira Wright, kirawright@txstate.edu
Tricia Boucher, squirrel@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
The primary aim of this series of workshops is to learn how to create a podcast episode using Audacity. Students will learn credible research skills, effective storytelling and interviewing skills, recording techniques, along with audio editing basics.

This is a four-day workshop. You will be required to attend all four sessions in order to earn the micro-credential badge.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Thursday, October 5, 2023, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Thursday, October 12, 2023, 4:00PM - 6:00PM
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Location:
Alkek Library; 440
Cost:
Free
Contact:
ideacenter@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
IDEA Center
Alkek has a wonderful assortment of resources for research that are available to students. Attendees will learn about the various ways they can conduct research through Alkek Library and about the research staff who are available to give them support. Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Alkek Library; Alkek One technology studios on the first floor of Alkek
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Dr. Shannon Weigum
Co-Director
TXST Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
sweigum@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship
ABOUT THE ACCELERATOR
Produced in partnership with the Texas State Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, the first Future Maker Accelerator is being hosted at Alkek One on the first floor of the Alkek Library. Alkek One offers a wide variety of creative technologies that program participants can use to create or develop business ideas.

Whether you are looking to create an individual side hustle or get VC funded and build the next world-changing corporation, this program will help you assess the pros and cons of entrepreneurship, evaluate next best steps, and prepare to pitch potential customers and investors. This program is open to all members of the community thanks to a generous grant from the Alkek Foundation.

The flexible structure of the program allows participants to start on any workshop date, pick up wherever they leave off, and attend weekly support sessions for small group and individual coaching.

PROGRAM DETAILS
Saturday Workshops Topics Include:
  1. Creating or Refining Your Value Proposition
  2. Developing Your Business Model
  3. Building Your Team
  4. Pitching Your Business
Open Office Hours and Pitch Practice sessions will be held on the Tuesday and Thursday following each Saturday Workshop. 

Summer/Fall PROGRAM SCHEDULE
4-hour Weekly Workshops will be held on select Saturdays at Alkek One from 1pm – 5pm, based on the university’s Academic Calendar.

Here are the currently scheduled workshops for 2023:
  • July 15 – Creating or Refining Your Value Proposition
  • July 22 – Developing Your Business Model
  • Sep 30 – Building Your Team
  • Oct 7 – Perfecting Your Pitch
  • Nov 11 – Creating or Refining Your Value Proposition
  • Nov 18 – Developing Your Business Model
Open Office Hours will be held from 9am – 11am on the Tuesday and Thursday morning following each Saturday workshop.

Pitch Practice will be from 3pm – 5pm on the Thursday afternoon following each Saturday Workshop.
Click here for more information
more about event

Location:
Library - 2nd Floor; Main Floor (2nd)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Sylvia T Gonzales, Assistant Director
Community Partnerships, stg39@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Therapy dogs have been visiting the Texas State campus since 2013. At each visit students get to meet and play with furry friends from Divine Canines. It's a great way to relieve stress and get some awesome puppy kisses! Don't miss this fun event!
Location:
Alkek One; Alkek One
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Harley Miller, harley@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
A beginner friendly workshop creating a robotic arm using Blender 3D.
NOTE: Workshop is 2 hours for 4 days over 2 weeks.
This NASA Badged workshop is introductory-level 3D modeling, unwrapping, rigging, and animation using Blender. NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio works closely with scientists to create visualizations, animations, and images that promote a greater understanding of Earth and Space Science research activities: svs.gsfc.nasa.gov.

Monday, October 9, 2023, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Monday, October 16, 2023, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 2:00PM - 4:00PM
 
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more about event

Location:
Alkek Library; 133A
Cost:
Free
Contact:
ideacenter@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
IDEA Center
Self-regulation is a category of skills related to monitoring and regulating your behavior, thinking, and emotions to be able to reach your goals. Although self-regulation is most often discussed regarding increasing student success, it can also be instrumental for increasing your success as a researcher. This session will cover areas of self-regulation (time management, self-talk, metacognitive strategies) and how they can affect research progress and relationships with co-researchers. Click here for more information
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Location:
Alkek One Makerspace; Alkek One
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Hithia Davis, hd13@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
We will introduce you to some sewing basics and show you the first steps in using a sewing machine. Click here for more information
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