With finals upon us and winter break quickly approaching, we wanted to inform our patrons that we’ll be having some work done at WIC over winter break. From December 27th through 30th, the library duct systems will be cleaned, which means that WIC will be chilly, noisy, and possibly overtaken by workers in certain booths and rooms. Even though WIC will be open (but not staffed) those days from 8:30am to 5pm, we’ve taken all of the bookings for the booths, group study rooms, and the WIC Seminar Room offline in case our workers need them. Anyone using WIC is more that welcome to sit in a booth or room, but please know that if the workers need access to any areas, they may ask you to move.
Please feel free to get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We wish everyone a happy holiday and restful winter break!
This guest post is by Amanda Gisonni, a junior studying Psychology in the College. In this post, she describes various ways to gain basic skill sets in computer software programs by using resources in the Weigle Information Commons.
This is not what you think it is. I am not here to instruct you on how to dress or how to act “basic.” But I will tell you how you can gain some basic skills in certain computer software programs; in other words, boost your knowledge when it comes to Excel, PowerPoint, Illustrator, and more. Weigle Information Commons offers a variety of WICshops that demonstrate some introductory topics in a hands-on approach that will help get you started.
WICshops give a brief but thorough introduction to these programs. They are a starting point and meant to introduce you to the essentials of each program. You will start at the beginning, with opening the program, then you will actually get to use the program and finish by learning how to save your work. Also, these workshops are for people of all skill sets! So, if you are not so tech-savvy, these classes are great for you, and they are also great for people who have some knowledge and are looking to gain more.
Some of the ones I have tried and recommend include InDesign, Photoshop Basics, Photoshop Selection Tools, PowerPoint and more. This October and November, Weigle is offering a variety of workshops for students, some of which include:
Introduction to Latex: For those looking to create a scientific document, learn what Latex is and the uses for it in this class. Use various documents, page layouts, fonts and images.
Introduction to ArcGIS I: This workshop demonstrates the software and data behind creating maps and geographic analyses. There will be simple exercises to introduce the program to beginners.
Introduction to Text Mining: This class is for beginners and those who have some prior experience. “Learn the why and the how of text mining, methodology, cautionary tales, and preferred tools.”
Each month new WICshops are posted; check the website periodically to see if there is a workshop you are particularly interested in. I also suggest attending office hours if you have a specific question or need help with a certain program. Excel Office Hours and Copyright Office Hours are offered each week. Staff in Weigle and the Vitale Digital Media Lab will also help answer any questions you may have!
Friday morning, we welcomed patrons in our PhotoShop Layers WICshop to try our 20 new MacBook Pro laptops. After more than five years of steady use, the 20 Mac laptops in the WIC Seminar Room had started to creak with age. With faster CPU, better graphics, and awesome performance, the new MacBooks are off to a great start. Come explore them in upcoming WICshops.
Thanks to John MacDermott from SAS Computing, we are excited about LearnSpace, a new program from Pixelture. We’ve just added this to the WIC Seminar room. Now, windows from many computers can be shared on the projector screen over wireless internet.
The program is simple. The client is free to download. Our seminar room has the cool address pixelwic.library.upenn.edu – once you connect, every window gets a small “share” button on top. When you share a window, it lives on a “shelf” where everyone in the room can access it easily and rearrange the layout. The image at right shows three windows from different machines shared on one screen. Continue reading PixelWIC – Exploring LearnSpace→
Go bey0nd the in-person workshop: there is more online at WIC’s newly updated Online Tutorials page – 62 tutorials now! Use the live search box at top left to shrink your list. After much discussion and poring over old workshop handouts, we have streamlined and cleaned up – and we welcome your suggestions for further improvement. Download handouts from our workshops and explore links to helpful resources on the topics of interest.
The Online Tutorials page also contains instructions and resources for your projects that a WICshop might not cover, like creating QR codes, embedding videos in PowerPoint or getting started in Second Life.
Join the crowds at summer WICshops! WICshops for programs like Adobe Illustrator are in high demand this summer, like this June 15 session with 21 participants taught by Vitale Digital Media Lab consultant Jesse Turnbull. Check out other upcoming WICshops this summer and sign up soon!