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Library Workshops

A LibGuide for Library Workshops. Here you can find session descriptions, handouts, and recordings.


Are you still writing your references by hand? Tired of trying to keep your citations organized for each paper only to have a mess by the end of the assignment? Zotero is a free, open source citations management tool designed to organize your references, seamlessly insert them into your research papers, and automatically generate a properly formatted bibliography. The Zotero webinar will include how to download the program and help you get started using it on your next assignment. 

PubMed Essentials

Interested in maximizing your PubMed searching skills? Come join us as we explore NCBI accounts, keyword and MeSH searching, creating alerts, and much more!

Intro to OpenAthens

Generative AI Grant Stipend Opportunity

Stipend Opportunity: Using Generative AI for Faculty Online

Interested in using generative AI for class activity creation? Learn how you can use AI can help create innovative classroom activities, while being peer-reviewed for high quality.

Butler University's Center for Academic Technology and Libraries received a $12,000 Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI) Innovation Grant to develop an open repository of peer-reviewed generative AI class activities where faculty can search for ideas for how to use AI in their discipline. 

All faculty from the 24 PALNI institutions are eligible to participate. Faculty who submit and revise an AI class activity will be eligible for stipends if they meet various deadlines. 

This information session will provide more indepth explanation of the grant, the resources available to faculty, and the submission and review process. 

Streaming AV Resources at Butler University Libraries

Are you making the most of the audio-visual resources available to you at Butler? Join us as we walk through setting-up two apps for library-subscribed services (NML: Naxos Music Library for streaming audio and Kanopy for streaming video), discuss the pros and cons of using a streaming services aggregator like JustWatch, and look at additional library streaming resources you may not know you had access to already!

Quick Link to the Streaming Media and Images Database Page

Beyond Dr. Google: Online Health Information Resources

The last time you had a cough, ache, or mystery ailment, did you turn to Google and read the first results to self-diagnose? Don't worry, you're in good company! But the internet is full of dubious information, so it's important to know where to search for reliable health resources before spiraling into misinformation.

Join us as we explore freely accessible, high quality health resources on the internet beyond a simple Google search, including Medlineplus, the NIH, drug information resources, and more!

Google for Business Information

When you Google for business information, do you find yourself scrolling through outdated and irrelevant results? To increase the odds of finding the information you want, it helps to know a few Google tricks.

Join us at this workshop to learn about Advanced Google search techniques that will help you save time, refine your results, and find more reliable information. The focus is on business information, but the tips shared in this session will lead to better Google search output on almost any topic.

Open Access and Deceptive Publishing

Are you interested in utilizing free and open licensed educational materials in your courses? Or maybe publishing your research in an open access journal? Concerned about the quality of these resources or how to avoid pitfalls in navigating this new publishing landscape?

Join us as we explore the open access movement and how some publishers seek to profit from it through deceptive tactics. 

Expanding the Reach of your Scholarship: Digital Commons and ORCIDs

Interested in learning how you can promote and expand the reach of your scholarship? Butler University Libraries' Digital Commons is our institutional repository, designed to widen readership, connect with others in your field, and deliver metrics about your work straight to your inbox every month. With a Selected Works account, researchers across the world have access to your work and are able to download articles in accordance with copyright. This hour webinar will demonstrate the ease of using and maintaining a Selected Works profile for your scholarship. We will also be discussing ORCID id's, how to create an ID and add it to your Selected Works profile.

Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success

Help Lower Textbook Costs for Students

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!

Did You Know...

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
  • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,240 - $1,440 for textbooks and supplies in 2018–19.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

Open Textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What You Can Do

Attend the Open Textbook Webinar— a session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks, and you will receive a stipend of $200.

We will also be discussing the PALSave Course Redesign Grant, an funded initivative to help faculty redesign their commerically used textbook to an OER based class!

Butler University Library's Open Access Policy and your Author Rights

The Butler University Faculty Senate adopted an open access policy on April 28, 2020. This policy shows Butler University’s commitment to disseminating the fruits of research and scholarship as widely as possible. Open access policies increase authors’ rights, readership and citation rates for scholarly articles. The opt out provision ensures that all faculty authors have the freedom to publish in the journal of their choice. Join us to learn more about the policy and your rights as an author when you're submitting for publication. 


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Science Library: 317-940-9937

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