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SPARK Talks: Scholars Present About Research and Knowledge


Cornell University Library is proud to host SPARK Talks – a series of five-minute lightning talks from Cornell graduate students and postdocs.

It’s more important than ever for scholars to be able to clearly communicate their research whether to undergraduates in the classroom, prospective employers, funding agencies, or the general public. SPARK Talks are an opportunity to present research to a wider audience, to get feedback, and network. Scientists present to humanists, economists present to engineers – and everyone in between.

SPARK Talks are held once a year at different libraries. Each SPARK Talks has an interdisciplinary theme.

The Fall SPARK Talks 2016 event will be held on Thursday, October 27 in Olin Library, Room 107, from 4-6pm.  The theme is Community.

Applications will be accepted until Monday, October 3, 2016. Apply now.


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Chats in the Stacks: How to Succeed in College and Beyond: The Art of Learning



Join us on September 14th at 4:30 pm for a Chats in the Stacks book talk with Daniel Schwarz, Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature and Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell. His new book How to Succeed in College and Beyond (Wiley-Blackwell, February 2016) is an insightful guide to the undergraduate experience, helping them balance the joy of learning with the necessity of career preparation.

Refreshments served and books available for purchase. This event is hosted by Olin Library and will take place in Room 107.

 For more information about the book talk series, visit

 Free and open to the public.

September Workshops at Cornell University Library

Cornell University Library offers a wide variety of workshops designed to assist patrons in developing skills in library research, information management and computer applications. These workshops are free and open to registered Cornell students, faculty and staff. Below are the workshop offerings for September 2016.

Sept 6 , 4:30 pm: Introduction to Bloomberg, Mann Library

Sept 8, 4:30 pm: Managing Data to Facilitate Your Research, Mann Library

Sept 12, 4:30 pm: Introduction to Mendeley Premium for Labs, Engineering Library

Sept 14, 4:00 pm: Intro to EndNote, Mann Library

Sept 16, 1:30 pm: Introduction to Bloomberg, Mann Library

Sept 19, 4:00 pm: Intro to Mendeley, Mann Library

Sept 20, 4:30 pm: Using Excel with Research Data: Formulas and Functions, Uris Library

Sept 22, 3:30 pm: Introduction to Research Management with Zotero, Olin Library

Sept 22, 4:30 pm: Data Publishing: How to Get your Data Out There for Others to Find and Use, Mann Library

Sept 27, 3:30 pm: Building an Online Collection with Omeka, Uris Library

Sept 27, 5:00 pm: Introduction to Bloomberg, Mann Library

Sept 28, 3:00 pm: Intro to Zotero, Mann Library

Sept 29, 3:30 pm: Designing Effective Presentations, Olin Library

Sept 29, 4:30 pm: Data Documentation: An Introduction to Science Metadata, Mann Library

To register for the workshops or for a list of all the fall workshop offerings, please visit: If you have any questions, please email

Fall Semester Lockers Are Now Available

Tired from even the thought of lugging books from your dorm to central campus and back each day?  If so, the solution is here: rent a Uris or Kroch locker.

Locker sign ups  are now available

The Uris lockers are in a section of Uris Library that is accessible 24 hours a day from Sunday at 10 am to 9 pm Friday.  They are especially convenient on those cool, fall days that are not so far away. The locker rental fee is $20 per semester. Stop by the Olin Circulation to sign up.

Kroch lockers are accessible Sunday through Thursday from 8 am to 2 am, Friday from 8 am to 10 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm. The locker rental fee is $20 per semester. Stop by Olin Circulation to sign up.

Give your back a break this fall.  Rent a locker.

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Summer Workshops at Olin and Uris Libraries

July 12th @ 2:30 pm – Introduction to LaTeX, Uris Classroom

A hands-on introduction to document creation with LaTeX using the TeXStudio front-end and the MikTeX engine for WindowsLaTeX is a markup language enabling anyone to create high quality typeset documents.

Learn the basic structure of LaTeX and take advantage of the tools provided in TeXStudio. No previous experience required.

July 13th @ 3:30 pm – Building an Online Collection with Omeka, Olin 106G

Omeka is a free, open source platform for publishing digital collections on the web.

Using this innovative software developed for scholars, build collections of texts, images, or multimedia, and display content through galleries, with curatorial annotations, on maps, and more.

Attendees will learn the basics while creating a small digital collection and online exhibition.
Take a look at some of these Omeka sites for inspiration: | |

Signup is required 48 hours or more in advance. Attendance limited to Cornell community members.

July 14th @ 3:00 pm – Zotero Clinic, Olin 106G

This session is intended for researchers who have started using Zotero, but need a review of certain functions or want to learn more about features like groups, Zotfile, notes, tagging, managing storage, and more. Bring your questions and laptop with Zotero installed.

If you’ve never used Zotero and need an introduction, consider attending our Introduction to Zotero workshop.

August 2nd @ 2pm – Adobe Photoshop, Uris Classroom

 A hands-on introduction to image manipulation using the Adobe Photoshop. Learn about image file formats, color correction, how to touch up photos and ready images for print or web publishing. Practice with basic Photoshop tools used for selecting and altering forms, adjusting brightness, contrast and color saturation, and converting and resizing images. No previous experience required.

August 11th @ 3pm – Introduction to Research Management with Zotero, Olin 106G

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the free PDF and citation management tool, Zotero ( This session will cover the basics of how to add citations and PDFs and how to create bibliographies in various formats.

If you’ve already using Zotero and want to learn how to use it more efficiently, consider attending our Zotero Clinic workshop. Bring your own laptop to this session. Please download and install Zotero before the workshop.

August 16th @ 3 pm – Get Started with Library Research at Cornell, Olin 106G

Join us for a small group, hands-on workshop, and learn to navigate through electronic articles, databases, and citation management tools. We will show you tips for improving research efficiency, how to search for citations, when and how to request items through Interlibrary Loan, and introduce ways to keep track of the research you find. Get the most out of your research time!

Passkey: Easy Off-Campus Access to Online Resources

The Passkey bookmarklet connects  off-campus patrons  to online databases and journals directly from the resource.

If you find yourself on a web page that has access restrictions, click on the bookmarklet icon and you will be redirected to the Cornell Web log-in screen to check for your valid Cornell affiliation.

Your credentials will be saved in the browser and you will have access to the library’s licensed databases.

The Passkey bookmarklet is a simple tool that will help your research process. Try it and tell us what you think.

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