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On Iowa! Open House

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Stop by the Main Library to scope out your new favorite study spot in the Main Library Learning Commons, a tech-infused comfortable learning space and one-stop academic help center. Learn how to reserve a group room, meet the librarians, and check out the Food for Thought Café!


Express Workshops - Fall 2014

Join us every Tuesday at 4pm for our express workshop series! In 30 minutes or less we'll give you some tips and trips on how to excel at being a student!
  • Join our Student Health & Wellness dietitian and make a quick, healthy snack. Sample tasty, good-for-you treats and get ideas for study snacks.
  • Learn how to print from your Mac or PC laptop at home, and pick up the document in the Learning Commons!
  • Learn how to use graphic note-taking as a way of listening and reflecting in and out of class!
  • Have you ever thought, “I want to go to my professor during office hours but I am not sure what to say?” or “’I’m going to need a recommendation letter or a reference later?”. Building relationships with instructors doesn’t have to be hard. This interactive workshop will explore steps to take to build those relationships and the benefit of starting relationships early.
  • Learn how to balance income and expenses during the college semester and how financial aid can influence your budgeting.
  • The Studio will show you how to set up your own WordPress website and walk you through an easy to use online WordPress tutorial.
  • Are you trapped in a "filter bubble"? Learn about how personalized web searches narrow the information we get exposed to online.
  • Bring your class schedule and learn what resources and support options are available on campus to help you in your courses. This interactive workshop will leave you with specific resources to help you and steps to take for success!
  • October 20-26 is International Open Access Week. Join this workshop to learn more about "Open Access" - free and universally available online access to scholarly information.
  • Learn about EndNote Basic, a web site that helps you import references from online sources to create personal citation databases and bibliographies.
  • Join this workshop to learn expert design tips for creating a professional research poster.
  • Discover the many benefits of concept maps - brainstorming, researching, organizing, and more.
  • PubMed is the National Library of Medicine’s index to the medical literature and includes over 22 million bibliographic citations in life sciences. This 30-minute session will show you how to find relevant articles fast using some of the basic features in PubMed.
  • In this workshop you will learn how to use tools such as Evernote and Dropbox to create, organize, and share notes and other files for easy access on your devices and online.
  • Dan the Librarian will show you how to access a variety of e-books through the UI Libraries website.


Statistics Tutoring Lab

More information to come…

Writing Center Tutoring

Times: Wednesdays from 3:30pm -5:30pm beginning Wednesday September 10th, 2014.

Location: Open Area D across from the Food for Thought Café in the Main Library Learning Commons.

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SWAT Tutoring

Times: Monday through Wednesday from 5:30pm – 8:00pm beginning Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014.

Location: South Lobby in the Main Library Learning Commons.

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Other Events & Workshops

Free Popcorn for Finals Week

Programming for Faculty

Individual and group training about how the Learning Commons can be used to support your classroom initiatives is available for faculty and staff. Please contact the Learning Commons Coordinator for more information at