Fall 2015 wrap-up

During the Fall 2015 semester, the Libraries offered workshops on geospatial information systems and mapping (ArcGIS, Story Maps, and Google Maps, Earth, and Fusion Tables), Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Sway), NVivo, and SPSS. Workshops on academic paper formatting and references in Microsoft Word were offered in both Gorgas Library and online via Blackboard Collaborate.

Many thanks to the Department of Geography’s Dr. Steven Ericson, who offered Introduction to ArcGIS and Story Maps workshops in Rodgers Library, and the College of Education’s Dr. Sara Tomek, who offered Introduction to SPSS, Advanced SPSS: ANOVA, and Advanced SPSS: Categorical Data workshops in McLure Library.

Thanks also to those who participated in our workshops. We hope to see you again in Spring 2016!

Introducing Microsoft Sway

Microsoft recently announced the general availability of its digital storytelling app, Sway. A free app from Microsoft Office, Sway lets you create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, newsletters, vacation memories, school and work projects, and more. Continue reading

Fall 2015 ArcGIS workshops at Rodgers Library

While geographic information systems are the tools of choice for geographers, geographic information technologies have applications in many disciplines. Tools used by geographers to map the earth’s surface can be used by biologists to track migration patterns, social scientists to identify food deserts, epidemiologists to monitor the spread of disease, and humanists to create literary and historical maps.

This semester, the Department of Geography’s Dr. Steven Ericson will teach two introductory workshops on the widely used ArcGIS suite of GIS software. Continue reading

Fall 2015 NVivo workshops

We had a great response to our first NVivo workshops in the spring and are happy to offer three sessions this semester. Two introductory workshops will be held in the Alabama Digital Humanities Center and McLure Library. While NVivo is most often described as software for qualitative and mixed methods research, it’s a also a great tool for literature review, regardless of discipline, something we’ll discuss in an October workshop at McLure. Continue reading