The LOCUS Talk, Pedagogy in a Digital Age, takes place today from 3:00 - 5:00 PM in the MSU Main Library, 3 West Instruction Room. Students are voracious consumers of digital information, but studies consistently show that they often don't have the essential skills to critically engage with digital information. Educators seeking to empower students in a digital environment are forced to consider how this impacts their pedagogy. This LOCUS aims to examine research, case studies, and strategies in a digital age. Find more information at http://digitalhumanities.msu.edu/locus.
Learn more about the experiences of Muslims in the scholar-led group, Muslim Journeys Book Club. We'll begin with an introduction to the Qur'an and its place in the lives of Muslims. Then we'll read four memoirs exploring the authors' paths in countries including Egypt, France, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey and the United States.
Each session will start with a short lecture, followed by facilitated book discussion, and finish with a question and answer period. Drop in for one, or attend all five sessions, which will be held in the MSU Main Library (Room W444) and the East Lansing Public Library.
Free and open to the public; light will be refreshments served. No sign up required.
QGIS is a popular open source Geographic Information System that runs on several operating systems. The QGIS introductory workshop on October 19 will demonstrate how to make a choropleth map and place graduated symbols on it, load shapefiles and .csv table files into QGIS, join tables to a shapefile and edit shapefile features.
The second workshop on October 26 will further build on QGIS skills by working with raster images and data. Participants will learn how to georeference a digitized map (such as a historic map or aerial photo) and create vector data from it for basic analysis. Map projections and data alignment will also be discussed.
Both workshops will be held in the MSU Main Library (Beaumont Instruction Room), and will be led by Amanda Tickner, GIS Librarian, and Kasey Wilson, GIS Technician for the MSU Libraries.
These workshops are FREE, but because of limited space please register beforehand.
The Main Library is wheelchair accessible via the south entrance. Persons with disabilities may request accommodations by calling Susan Garmo at 517-884-6454 one week before an event. Requests after that time will be met when possible.
The MSU Libraries' makerspace, Make Central, offers an alternative learning environment and gathering space that encourages cross-discipline collaboration and experimentation. All students, staff and faculty can use the space for projects, activities, speakers, clubs and classes. Make Central is offering these free workshops:
Technology Petting Zoo: Arduino
October 13, 2015, 2:00 - 8:00 PM
Workshop: Intro to 3D Printing
October 20, 2015, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Technology Petting Zoo: Raspberry Pi
November 10, 2015, 2:00 - 8:00 PM
Workshop: Intro to 3D Printing
November 17, 2015, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Find more information and request to use the space at www.lib.msu.edu/makecentral/
MSU Libraries Colloquia Series, "Music in American Life" presents Horace Tabor, Baby Doe, and Denver's Grand Opera house on Wednesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM in W444 of the Main Library. Join Harlan Jennings, MSU College of Music, as he relates the story of Horace Tabor. who struck it rich in the silver mines of Colorado. Tabor built a magnificent opera house in Denver, changing the cultural landscape of the city and state.
The Library Environmental Series, "Beal Garden Tours", presents Autumnal Plant Transformations; It's Not Just Pretty Leaves on Thursday, October 8, from 12:10 - 12:50 PM. Assistant curator Peter Carrington leads the tour which highlights the various changes that ensure the survival of not only the plants themselves but also of the creatures that depend upon them for resources. Meet at the shed by the pond at the Beal Botanical Garden. In case of inclement weather, join us in the Main Library Reference Instruction Room (W101D) for a virtual tour of the garden.
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