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August Workshops at Olin & Uris Libraries

Reserve your seat at the Olin & Uris Libraries Summer Workshop series sessions.  Click on workshop titles to secure your place.

Wikipedia Editing Workshop, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Interested in becoming a Wikipedian and improving the open educational content of this online encyclopedia?  The first thirty minutes of this class will be a short introduction to how Wikipedia works, why getting involved in it matters, and an overview of the basics of editing for new and beginning editors.  The introduction will be followed by a hands-on editing session.

You don’t have to be an expert to contribute – just bring a laptop (available at Olin Circulation) and your questions and topics that you’re interested in working on to start.

Designing Effective Presentations12:00pm – 1:00pm, Thursday, August 8, 2019

Learn the basics of creating dynamic visual presentations in any discipline, whether you use PowerPoint or Keynote as your presentation software.

In this workshop, we will show you where to find images that can be used legally and ethically, and give tips to design visually compelling slides that will get your points across effectively and boost your confidence as a presenter.

Introduction to Digital Privacy, 4:00pm – 5:00pm, Thursday, August 8, 2019

Why do the same ads follow you from website to website? Who has access to texts you send, or to your Google search history? What can you do to increase your digital privacy? And most important — does it really matter? We’ll explore answers to all of these questions in this workshop, and you’ll leave with practical understandings and skills to apply to your daily digital life.

Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Misinformation, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Monday, August 12, 2019

In the high-speed world of reality-optional politics, “alternative” facts, and “fake” news, how can you identify news sources that are accurate and trustworthy? There are tools and approaches to help you be a more effective evaluator of news sources and news content. Join us for an hour of working together to recognize reliable news sources and separate them from the “alternative,” fake, truthy, and promotional versions.

Cornell University Library (for Staff), 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Everything at Cornell Libraries- books -DVDs and more, are free. Cornell Libraries are a great untapped benefit of working at Cornell. You can also check out and download ebooks and audiobooks from anywhere, stream video, download articles from magazines and newspapers for you and your kids, search genealogy resources…we’ll help you find what you are looking for.

Introduction to Photoshop, 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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.

Visualize Your Data with Tableau Public3:00pm – 4:30pm, Wednesday, August 14, 2019

How can visualization tools help you explore, analyze, and communicate your data to others? In this workshop, we will introduce several data visualization techniques using Tableau Public. No prior coding or design experience needed.

Optionally, you may “Bring Your Own Data” by e-mailing a dataset of your choice in Excel or CSV format to the instructor ( along with any questions you have – we will explore your submissions as a group in the workshop session. (Please only send data you have permission to share publicly. No confidential data please!)

WordPress for Websites, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Not just for blogs, WordPress can be used to produce elegant, user-friendly websites. Whether you’re creating a scholarly website or an extended online CV, WordPress is a flexible solution with a simple, intuitive interface and surprisingly powerful plugins. Learn the basics of WordPress site building in this session.
Please bring a laptop (not a tablet) to this workshop.

Introduction to Genealogy Online, 12:00pm – 1:00pm, Friday, August 16, 2019

Participants will be introduced to basic tools and concepts for online researching of ancestors in the United States. The session will give you hands-on experience with two essential genealogical databases, Ancestry and HeritageQuest.


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