Workshops

Learn tools and techniques to make your research more efficient and enjoyable and to help you produce innovative creations. Most workshop sessions are 50 minutes with hands-on practice, so you can apply what you have learned immediately to your projects. Click on the gold box below to see the dates each workshop is offered and then click on Read more for a complete description and to sign up for the workshop.

Be sure to check the schedule before the workshop date for any updates or changes to the posted times or locations.

Alkek Events & Workshops

Location:
Zoom meeting; Zoom meeting
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tara Spies Smith, ts20@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Come learn how to find and use open access images, video and other open access content, as well as open educational resources including lesson plans and textbooks. Learn how to properly give credit or attribution to copyrighted or open access content and how to give your own creations/designs a creative Commons license. Presentation tips and tech tools that can make your presentations and publications more professional and interesting will be also be covered. Image copyright topics will briefly covered as well.

This workshop will be online via zoom. Hope to see you there!

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Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College

In this workshop, we will delve into the art of taking smart notes, a technique that can revolutionize your research, writing, and critical thinking skills. Drawing from the principles outlined in Sönke Ahrens' book, we will explore effective strategies for capturing, organizing, and leveraging your notes to enhance your academic pursuits. Join us to discover a transformative approach to note-taking (or, note-making!) that will empower you to excel in your graduate studies and beyond.

Presented by: Jess Williams, Assistant Director, University Libraries


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Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.
Location:
Alkek Library Room 440; 440
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Tricia Boucher, Open Pedagogy & STEM Instruction Librarian, squirrel@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Bring your lunch and learn how to use Open Pedagogical practices to transform a normal assignment into one that increases student engagement! Click here for more information
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Location:
Alkek 105; Alkek 105
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kristin Van Diest
kvandiest@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
This is the second workshop in the Book Design Techniques series. In this workshop, we will show you how to use Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Publisher to format a ten-page book using the images you collected from the first workshop and text of your choice. The workshop guide you through a step-by-step process, covering how to set up guides, how to make master pages, how to create text boxes, and more. We will also introduce a template for a one-page booklet, which will be the basis for one of the binding techniques in the third workshop. Click here for more information
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Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.

Location:
Alkek One DesignSpace (1st Floor of Alkek across from the ITAC Help Desk)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Julian Delarosa, jjd95@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
This seven-session training series will give an overview of the Unity Realtime Development Platform. Students will learn how to use the platform to create desktop and mobile applications for virtual reality, augmented reality and console applications. Attendance at all seven sessions is required. Students can earn a total of three NASA digital badges for this workshop.

Session Dates:
Tuesday, March 19, 9:30-11 AM
Thursday, March 21, 9:30-11 AM
Tuesday, March 26, 9:30-11 AM
Thursday, March 28, 9:30-11 AM
Tuesday, April 2, 9:30-11 AM
Thursday, April 4, 9:30-11AM
Tuesday, April 9, 9:30-11 AM
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Location:
Alkek 105
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Harley Miller, harley@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
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. In this beginner-friendly workshop you will learn to create a robotic arm using Blender 3D.
NOTE: Workshop is 2 hours for 4 days over 2 weeks and you must attend all four sessions.

Session Dates:
Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Thursday, March 28, 2024, 3:00PM - 5:00PM

 
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Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.

Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
Struggling to organize assignments and due dates? This session will provide attendees with tips and tricks on navigating Office 365, specifically Microsoft Planner and Microsoft To Do.

Presented by: Ethne Sorenson, Administrative Assistant II, University Libraries


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Location:
Alkek Maker Space; Maker Space
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Kristin Van Diest
kvandiest@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
This is the third and final workshop in the Book Design Techniques series, which will introduce participants to two different book binding techniques: the one-page booklet and the 5-hole pamphlet stitch. Every participant will learn both techniques and can bring their printed content from the previous workshop to bind their books with the help of our instructors. Supplies will be provided for building the booklets described above. Participants are welcome to bring their own materials to work with as well. Click here for more information
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Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.
Location:
DesignSpace (across from the ITAC Help Desk on the first floor); DesignSpace (across from the ITAC Help Desk on the first floor)
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Harley Miller, harley@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Cascadeur is a standalone software for animation of any kind of character. Animation is easy and fun thanks to its AI-assisted tools. You can make key poses really fast, instantly see physical result and adjust secondary motion. All while retaining full control of your character.

NASA uses animation to demonstrate concepts that haven't been done yet and in training simulations. 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.

This is a beginner friendly workshop.
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Location:
San Marcos; Grad Commons - Alkek 310
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu

All graduate students are invited to the GSAW kick-off event at Alkek Library! Join us to learn about library resources, meet other graduate students, participate in raffles, enjoy some snacks, play board games, and say hello to Pawficer Brady!

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Location:
Alkek Library Media Corner; 2nd Floor Media Corner
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashlynne Gooch a_g642@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
The pups are coming! Take a break and come sit with divine canines for a bit to get that sweet puppy love!
Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.

Location:
Alkek Library Room 441; Alkek 441
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashlynne Gooch a_g624@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Join us for a Total Solar Eclipse Faculty Presentation to discover the captivating world of solar eclipses. Explore the science behind these celestial events and their impact on nature. Journey through time to uncover ancient myths from various cultures and learn about the transition to modern scientific understanding. Participate in a lively discussion and share your thoughts and questions about this astronomical wonder.

Location:
Alkek Media Corner; 2nd Floor Media Corner
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin, karina.a.martin@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Help us celebrate National Library Week by joining us in the 2nd Floor Open Theater. We'll have candy, merch, book recommendations, and opportunities to meet and engage with our librarians and staff. Learn more about what we do and what services, resources and information that our professional and student staff have to offer that will link you to success!
Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.
Location:
Online
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashley Carrington
512-245-3593
amc189@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
The Graduate College
New to setting up a survey in Qualtrics? Come learn how to set up a project, some of the tools, and some basics of survey design that will bring back the information in usable form. Come with a project or use ours to practice.

Presented by: Tricia Boucher, Librarian, University Libraries


Register today!

Did you know you can earn a Certificate of Completion by attending Shop Talks? Learn more.
Click here for more information
more about event
Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.

Location:
Alkek MakerSpace; First floor MakerSpace
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Hithia Davis, hd13@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Always wanted to sew, but don't know how to get started? Why not join us for a Making with Fabric workshop? 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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Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.

Location:
Alkek 441/442; 441/442
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Erin Dorrell, lfu12@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Don't put off that work any longer, join us for our long night event where we tackle those projects and papers and prep for final exams. We'll have coffee, donuts, and snacks while supplies last. Librarians and other study support available to assist students.

Location:
Alkek Library Media Corner; 2nd Floor Media Corner
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Ashlynne Gooch a_g642@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
The pups are coming! Take a break and come sit with divine canines for a bit to get that sweet puppy love!
Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.
Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.
Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.
Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.
Location:
Alkek Library; Floors 1, 4, and 7
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Karina Martin
cby24@txstate.edu
Campus Sponsor:
University Libraries
Do you always wonder which books the Alkek Library staff are reading? Come and check out the book recommendations at the Alkek Library.  You can find them on the 1st, 4th and 7th floors every day through December 2024.

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Workshop Topics

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