Workshop Series to help students with GREAT Day Projects

GREATday-blogParticipating in GREAT Day is a significant honor, but it can also be an intimidating experience.  A lot of work goes into papers, posters, and presentations, and students want their work to stand out in a good way.  But what is one supposed to do if he or she doesn’t know how to design a good poster or write a proper abstract?

The Center for Academic Excellence has the answer!

For the very first time, the C.A.E. is working with staff and faculty across campus to bring you a series of workshops designed for first-timers and GREAT Day veterans alike.  We already have five workshops scheduled and ready to go, and we’re working on adding a few more to the mix in the coming weeks.

So if you really want your GREAT Day project to stand out for all the right reasons, take a look at what we’re offering and start signing up!  Spaces are limited, so don’t delay!

Design Principles – February 25th, 5:15pm to 6:15pm, CU 319

Graphic design is hard.  This workshop keys in on three fundamental elements of design (spacing, color, and text) to help you draft a memorable and effective GREAT Day poster.  Taught by Kristen Fuest. Sign-Up:  http://goo.gl/AkFqV2 (limit of 24)

Abstract Writing – March 3rd, 3:30pm to 5:00pm, Milne 105

Unsure of how to write a proper abstract for your GREAT Day project?  This 90 minute workshop will help you through the process.  After some brief instruction, you will have the opportunity to write your GREAT Day abstract with guided help from some of SUNY Geneseo’s best writing tutors.  Taught by Gillian Paku and Writing Learning Center tutors. Sign-Up:  http://goo.gl/eUly1z (limit of 24)

Creating a Poster Using InDesign – March 4th, 4:30pm to 5:30pm, Milne 104

InDesign is a versatile design program you can find on pretty much every public computer on campus.  However, many SUNY Geneseo students are unfamiliar with it.  Come learn the ropes in this one-hour workshop and turn that amazing GREAT Day poster idea into a reality.  Taught by Steve Dresbach. Sign-Up:  http://goo.gl/pCpt13 (limit of 40)

Creating a Poster Using PowerPoint – March 4th, 5:45pm to 6:45pm, Milne 104

It’s not just for presentations!  When it comes to creating GREAT Day posters, PowerPoint is a friendly and familiar alternative for students who don’t necessarily want to learn a brand new program.  Taught by Steve Dresbach. Sign-Up:  http://goo.gl/QlChlH (limit of 40)

Creating a PowerPoint Presentation – April 1st, 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Milne 104

Just about all of us have used PowerPoint before, but despite your relative familiarity with the program, there’s probably a lot of really neat features you never knew about.  Learn how to make your GREAT Day presentation stand out with this sixty minute workshop.  Taught by Steve Dresbach. Sign-Up:  http://goo.gl/jYVXSG (limit of 40)

For more information on future workshops, visit www.geneseo.edu/library/cae-workshops

Beef up your teaching skills & resume!

3Ts-blogSUNY Geneseo will host the 4th Annual Transliteracy, Technology & Teaching Conference (3Ts) on Friday, March 14, 2014.  Registration is now open and we encourage those who do/will teach or train others to consider attending.

You’ll join librarians, faculty, instructional designers and K-12 educators workshops where presenters highlight their dynamic teaching collaborations and/or model their instructional technique(s).

Registration costs: $20 for professionals and $10 for students.

For more information, descriptions of conference sessions and to register, visit http://threetees.weebly.com/.

Student use of Milne Library: What you told us and what we’re going to do about it

Last fall, Milne Library staff distributed a survey on library tables asking students why and how they used Milne Library spaces. We also asked students for suggestions about how the spaces could be improved. We are grateful to those of you who took the time to fill out the survey and turn it in – your responses will help us plan future improvements to the library.

General thoughts:
We received 456 responses, pretty evenly distributed among the three floors of the library.

Overall, students are hard at work in our library. Students spend their time doing homework, studying, writing and working on projects. Smaller numbers of students are visiting with friends, eating lunch or passing time on the internet (mostly in association with more serious endeavors).

Students choose seats based on their particular studying needs. While many students indicated that they need to concentrate (and selected spaces on the third floor as a result), others needed to be around people or needed space to spread out.  In some cases, students selected space out of necessity – it was the only spot available. Some students suggested that the comfortable seating was great for naps, while others used the comfy chairs for intense reading.

Power:
One of the biggest complaints (in certain areas) was the lack of power outlets. As we renovate new areas, we will endeavor to add power. This isn’t cheep, however, and requires extensive prior planning. Our 50 year old building wasn’t equipped to handle modern power demands, so most additional power outlets require upgrades to our electrical network.

The survey responses provided us with several locations where additional power outlets would be appreciated the most.

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Students also identified areas where outlets or study carrel lights weren’t working, and we are working hard to make the necessary repairs.

Suggestions and changes:
We got some great feedback on the type of tables students like. With a few dissenters, students really don’t like the new Y-shaped tables on the main floor.  A few even tried to explain why:

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We won’t be buying more of those.

Students also recommended filling spaces with a variety of table sizes, in order to avoid problems when one person takes up a table intended for six. We intend to remodel some spaces on the lower level of Milne this summer, and we are taking these suggestions into account when ordering tables.

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In areas where students had access to whiteboards, they expressed how much they like them. As a result, we will be looking for places to add additional whiteboards (as money allows).

There were a few suggestions that we won’t be able to accommodate.  We won’t be adding a fourth floor or getting a new building any time soon (unfortunately). We will not be adding a hot tub, an open bar, a bouncy castle or a taco bell. While turning the library into a TARDIS (bigger on the inside) would help with our not-enough-space issues, our technical staff (while extraordinary) have not quite figured out how to do this. Sorry.

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Scholarship Opportunity For Education and Library Science Students

3Ts scholarship_blogWe are offering scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students to attend the upcoming 3Ts 2014: At the Core of Teaching, Technology and Transliteracy at no cost.

Conference attendees will engage in workshops where presenters highlight their dynamic teaching collaborations and/or model their instructional technique.

Workshops will include meaningful integration of technology and teaching used to support the growing number of literacies students need for learning and succeeding in today’s information-rich academic and professional worlds. It will give students the opportunity to network with educators in the field while attending workshops geared toward authentic uses of technology in the classroom.

To apply for a student scholarship:

Please complete the application form, which includes a brief essay (250-300 words) highlighting why attending the 3Ts conference will benefit your professional development and/or how the scholarship might help alleviate financial hardships.

Deadline for scholarship application is February 10, 2014
The 3Ts scholarship committee will announce awards by February 14, 2014

For further questions, contact:
Justina Elmore
Business & Data Librarian
Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo
Geneseo, NY 14454
(585) 245-5193
[email protected]