Data Workshops

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  The University Libraries will be offering short workshops on data-themed topics throughout Spring and Summer 2018.   Please join us! Questions? Email dataservices@vt.edu or nli@vt.edu   Amazon Web Services (AWS): Essentials and Architecting for Data Analytics PART 1   Learn the concepts and structure of AWS and get started using it for basic data… Read more »

6 Studios to Discover, Envision, and Invent

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  Create with Newman Library at the Studios Open House, Tuesday February 20 from 3 – 6 p.m. Housed in the library is a 6-studio, 7-space network that offers the equipment, space, and services you need to explore and make. These spaces not only enhance your ability to produce great work— they also break barriers… Read more »

A Haven for the Digital Humanities

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  The Athenaeum suite (Newman Library Room 124) held its grand opening on January 25 and is now available for future courses, presentations, and other activities in the digital humanities. This suite is located on the first floor of Newman Library and consists of a modular classroom, a collaborative boardroom, and a media den. Equipped… Read more »

Taking Part in the Open Textbook Network

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Virginia Tech is one of nine founding members of the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative, a pilot program focused on publishing new, openly licensed textbooks. The program was launched by the Open Textbook Network (OTN) and aims to increase open textbook publishing experience in higher education institutions by training a designated project manager at each… Read more »

9 Things this Spring Brings

  The University Libraries are coming into 2018 with full force. Here are 9 things in store for the spring semester. From events to art to spaces, we’ve got it all!   1. Athenaeum’s Grand Opening, January 25     A haven for the digital humanities, Athenaeum is a suite of spaces with integrated technology,… Read more »

5 Essential Steps to Cracking Finals

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      And other tests for that matter! We see thousands of students every day working hard in preparation for their exams. To help out, here’s a list we’ve compiled on some of the most widely agreed upon and scientifically researched study tips for effective, pre-holiday-positive results:       1. Start now. And… Read more »

Claim Your Voice: Creative Writing & the University Libraries

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As National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) came to a head, novelists everywhere were either in manic mode (“This story practically wrote itself!”) or panic mode (“Writer’s block has impeded my craft and decimated my future!”). But fear not, creatives! November, as we all know, is busy, but there are still 335 other days you can… Read more »

The University Libraries offers Git and Unix sessions this Fall

Software Carpentry now has more volunteers ready to teach at Virginia Tech! In Fall 2016 the University Libraries became Silver-Level Partners in Software Carpentry. Over Spring and Summer 2017, a cohort of five faculty in the University Libraries became certified Software Carpentry instructors. The cohort was co-advised on best practices in teaching computational skills by… Read more »

Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants Support Innovation, Access, and Learning

Virginia Tech University Libraries welcome submissions for 2017/2018 Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants. This is the second year for the program, which utilizes grant funding and a curated network of project support representatives to encourage faculty use, creation, and adaption of openly-licensed information resources to support student learning.   Four winning projects will receive up… Read more »

Fusion Studio Team Wins Big at ICAT

Collaboration and innovation takes place daily in Room 2038 of Newman Library.   The Fusion Studio provides a unique space for undergraduate groups working on long-term interdisciplinary projects. One of these groups, Octivs, received two awards at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) Creativity and Innovation Day on May 1, 2017.   Octivs’… Read more »