7 LinkedIn Learning Skills to Master This Summer

Hi everyone, this is Courtney again, the STEM Libraries GA, along with Emily McClellan, the STEM Libraries Outreach Associate, to talk about ways we can continue our learning and professional development throughout what promises to be a unique semester. It’s often said that we should try to control how we react to the things we can’t control. While that’s a lot easier said than done, we wanted to share some opportunities that you may find helpful while continuing to learn and grow throughout the summer.  While the world is constantly shifting and changing around us, finding stability can be hard. If you’re looking for a professional goal you can achieve this summer, try a LinkedIn Learning training to keep you grounded and focused as we continue to work from home. 

To access these courses, simply click the title of the course. The link will prompt you to sign in with your LinkedIn account or your FSU email. Login with your FSU email. It will then prompt you to sign in with “Single Sign-On.” This is safe and will authenticate your FSU credentials to allow you to access the course.

Intro to Data Science

“The world of data science is reshaping every business. There is no better time to learn it than now. In this Madecraft course, Python trainer and data scientist Lavanya Vijayan shares what data science is and how it differs from other information-focused disciplines.” This course covers the basics from the data life cycle to more complex ideas of working with data.

Learning Data Analytics

“Every person who works with data has to perform analytics at some point. Robin Hunt defines what data analytics is and what data analysts do.” She shows you how to identify your data set,  interpret and summarize data, and so much more.

Learning Python 

“Python—the popular and highly readable object-oriented language—is both powerful and relatively easy to learn. Whether you’re new to programming or an experienced developer, this course can help you get started with Python. Joe Marini provides an overview of the installation process, basic Python syntax, and an example of how to construct and run a simple Python program.” You’ll also get an intro to working with HTML, JSON, and XML data from the web.

Tableau Essential Training

“Tableau is a widely used data analytics and visualization tool that many consider indispensable for data-science-related work. In this course, learn what you need to know to analyze and display data using Tableau Desktop 2019—and make better, more data-driven decisions for your company.” Instructor Curt Frye demonstrates how to display your data like never before.


“Enrich your GIS data and make more effective maps with QGIS. Gordon Luckett shows how to get QGIS up and running on your computer and create both 2D and 3D maps with vector and raster data. Plus, learn how to stylize maps, get more insights from data with overlays and heat maps, and publish results with powerful Python-driven plugins for QGIS.”

Learning R 

“If you want to participate in the data revolution, you need the right tools and skills. R is a free, open-source language for data science that is among the most popular platforms for professional analysts. Learn the basics of R and get started finding insights from your own data, in this course with professor and data scientist Barton Poulson.” R is available free to FSU students through the FSUVLAb.

Microsoft Excel and Data 

“Take your Excel data science skills to an advanced level. As data strategies become more pervasive, Excel will become even more popular for non-data scientists doing more work, more often, with data. This learning path extends the Master Excel for Data Science learning path, into VBA coding, data viz, and advanced interfacing between Excel and R.” Take advantage of this dynamic, curated compilation of courses! Microsoft Excel and R are available free to FSU students through the FSUVLAb.

For exercises that allow you to relax and relieve stress, check out these courses: 

21-Day Drawing Challenge

Von Glitschka’s 21-Day Drawing Challenge is designed to grow your drawing skills and can help let go of stress. “The goal isn’t to turn you into a professional illustrator or fine artist—it’s about improving your drawing skills and creative thinking, no matter if you’re an expert or have never drawn more than a doodle on a notepad.”

Mindfulness Practice

“Mindfulness helps you be more effective in today’s busy world. It reduces stress, increases focus, and improves your ability to deal with challenges, both at work and at home. With regular practice, mindfulness can change the course of your life. Practice with executive coach Henna Inam as she leads you in guided exercises that expand emotional intelligence, grow self-confidence, and build stronger relationships.”

For more resources, check out the FSU Library tutoring learning resources page. If you have other questions and would like help and guidance on exploring other learning opportunities, schedule an appointment with your subject librarian here.

Virtual Backgrounds Capture FSU’s Spirit

Do you miss being on FSU’s campus as much as we do? FSU Libraries has created virtual backgrounds on Zoom featuring scenes from Strozier and Dirac Libraries. We also took a trip to the online Heritage and University Archives to create some throwback backgrounds.

Here are a few highlights:

Heritage Museum
Strozier Library, 1956-65
Bobby Bowden at the Orange Bowl, 1981
Marching Chiefs ‘FSU’ Formation, 1955

Visit https://www.lib.fsu.edu/virtual-backgrounds for more backgrounds!

FSU Libraries Service Updates

FSU Libraries continues to make updates to services we are currently providing to the FSU community. For the most up to date information on all services and resources, visit https://www.lib.fsu.edu/news/covid-19.

Newest updates to Libraries services:

Curbside Pick-Up

Starting Tuesday, May 26, FSU Libraries are offering curbside pick-up of library materials in the Strozier and Dirac collections for FSU faculty and students. Learn more about this new service and request materials here

Streaming Media Course Reserves

Streaming Media Course Reserves service has resumed in a limited capacity.  More information is available on the Streaming Media Course Reserves Request Form and questions can be directed to Dave Rodriguez, Resident Media Librarian (dwrodriguez@fsu.edu).


The Learning District’s late night STEM tutoring is back! Group tutoring will be available via Zoom every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. starting May 18. Visit https://www.lib.fsu.edu/tutoring/online-tutoring for more information.


FSU Libraries are accepting scanning requests for course reserves. Instructors who need library materials scanned for their courses may submit a request here. We also plan to return all other scanning services soon. Additional access to our collections, which may include curbside pickup, is in development. We will share updates as soon as we have them.

Special Collections and Archives Research & Reference Services 

Researchers may continue to use lib-specialcollections@fsu.edu to communicate research and reference questions to Special Collections & Archives. Digitized and born-digital resources remain accessible from any web browser in the FSU Digital Library. Guidelines for discovering and using special collections resources at FSU and beyond are included on our Catalogs & Databases page.

Special Collections and Archives Class Visits & Instruction Services

Special Collections & Archives can facilitate online class visits and provide resources for asynchronous coursework. To request support for synchronous online instruction, please complete the Class Visit Request Form two weeks or more in advance of the session. For assistance incorporating Special Collections & Archives resources into asynchronous coursework, please complete the Research Consultation Request Form. Please contact Special Collections & Archives at lib-specialcollections@fsu.edu if you have further questions about support for online instruction.

3D-printing COVID-19 face shields at the FSU Libraries

Due to the shortage of readily-accessible personal protective equipment for first-responders and healthcare providers around the world, many involved in maker communities have responded by crowd-sourcing ways of rapidly manufacturing makeshift equipment to fill in the gaps while supply chains can respond. This is happening at the local level as well — Tallahassee’s local makerspace, MakingAwesome, and several departments at FSU began exploring ways of leveraging various rapid-manufacturing technology available on campus (such as 3D printers, desktop laser-cutters, and more) to answer this call. By the end of March, a partnership between the FSU Innovation Hub, FSU College of Medicine, High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Master Craftsman Studio, University Libraries, and MakingAwesome was formed, and The iHub began coordinating the donation materials such as sewn face masks and 3D-printed face shields at the beginning of April. This partnership was spearheaded by FSU College of Medicine faculty Dr. Emily Pritchard and iHub director Ken Baldauf.

After receiving library leadership’s blessing to re-enter the library, I set about repairing the 3D printers formerly housed at Dirac and used for our public-facing 3D print service (which had recently been retired), to add to the 3D printer housed in the Office of Digital Research and Scholarship (DRS). DRS provides 3D printing services to researchers interested in exploring the teaching and scholarly possibilities of the technology. Once I was able to set up the printers and dial in the adjusted settings to deal with the relatively high-speed prints we needed, I began printing batches of a National Institutes of Health-approved face shield in mid-April. These shields are made of 3D-printed headband units, elastic straps (donated by various community partners), and a laser-cut clear face shield.



During the early phases of dialing in settings, two different headband models were being explored. The translucent model on the right is the NIH-approved model.


The headband was designed to be quick to print and economical on material, so that as many as possible can be produced through the distributed networks of 3D-printer owners throughout the world. This design spread quickly throughout the 3D printing community, and has been a greatly needed answer to such an unprecedented problem. Design credit goes to the Design that Matters team, and volunteers Elizabeth Johansen from Spark Health Design, David Packman from Microsoft and Eric Moyer from Boeing. Project details and a full list of credits for the design of the headband are available here: https://www.designthatmatters.org/covid-19

The particular version FSU is using, was approved by the NIH particularly because it allowed for coverage of the top of the face, and can use a clear plastic shield that should in theory be quick to replace. There are three tabs on the front lip of the headband that will be used to attach this shield, and in a pinch, the shield can be made from any clear plastic (even old overhead projector transparencies or empty laminate pouches) with a standard US letter-sized 3-hole punch pattern. I was able to fit three headbands per print-bed on the DRS printers, and if my timing was good, I could produce about 12 usable headbands per day, with a batch coming off the printers about every 12 hours (weekends included!).  For durability, I’m using a tough plastic filament known as “PETG” (polyethylene terephthalate glycol) which should be able to withstand the high temperature sanitization process used in hospitals, with the intent that these bands can be reused as much as possible. However, we didn’t have much of this PETG filament available, and it is difficult to order more in a timely manner through standard university procurement channels, so I also tried to best utilize the materials we already had on-hand and began producing masks where possible with materials like PLA (poly-lactic Acid, which has lower temperature resilience and isn’t as suitable for sanitization purposes) and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene – the normal plastic you’d find in most injection-molded parts – which has great temperature resilience and durability, but is much more difficult to print, and takes longer using the setup we have in DRS).


Nearing the end of our PETG filament supply, I began printing headbands one-at-a-time to stretch resources as far as possible.

But the headband is only one portion of the face shield, and honestly somewhat useless without the clear plastic shielding that actually does the brunt of protecting healthcare workers from droplets they might come into contact with. In contribution to FSU’s efforts, these clear shields are being laser cut by the FSU Master Craftsman Studio on their large-format industrial laser cutters from plastic donated by Coca Cola in Orlando. The Master Craftsman Studio worked hard to coordinate this donation and managed to get the large rolls of plastic shipped up to Tallahassee so that they could begin producing parts for collection at the iHub. As stated, this plastic arrived in large rolls and it was a challenge getting the plastic to lie flat enough to cut on MCS’s laser cutter. Finally John Raulerson, Master Craftsman Program Director, had the idea to contact the FSU Mag Lab to see if using magnets to hold the material in place would make this process easier, and that turned out to be just the ticket. Once cut, the plastic is manually cleaned and sent to the iHub to be attached to the headbands being produced all over campus. The FSU Master Craftsman Studio is currently producing around 200 shields per day, and has made over 1,400 so far.

At the iHub, the clear shields, donated headbands, and elastic banding are assembled to make the final product. The assembly team at the iHub has been working around the clock for weeks making these emergency PPE, and the finished products will be distributed to healthcare providers around the county such as Tallahassee Memorial Health Center, Capital Regional Health Center, and various smaller primary care providers and nursing homes. A deeper look into their work developing the donation partnerships, as well as information for those that can assist with donations (or request PPE) can be found at the FSU Coronavirus: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) response page


This black ABS filament is tricky to work with, and wound up with the failed print seen on the right.

Accounting for some breakage, failed prints, and after cleaning up the rough prints, I’ve managed to deliver 91 ready-to-assemble units to the iHub for assembly and distribution. At this point we’ve finally run out of first-choice PETG filament, and have used up almost all of the alternative filaments DRS has. This is just shy of the originally proposed 100 units I hoped to make, but the iHub is hoping to reach their goal of 2,000 completed shields in the next week or two. I’m glad to have contributed what I could to the effort!


The results of a full week of printing – 52 headbands ready for delivery to the iHub

If anyone is interested in helping contribute to FSU’s community efforts in their own way, directions for 3D printing face shields and sewing masks can be found at https://news.fsu.edu/coronavirus/ppe/.


Preparing for Online Finals

We may not be on campus, but the library can still be one of your first stops as you prepare for finals. We’ve worked hard to get as many services as possible online, and we’re here to help in any way we can!

Library tutoring service are available through Zoom for all the usual subjects and hours. The library offers assistance in chemistry, math, physics, modern languages, and several other subjects. If we don’t cover the class you’re looking for, you can also reach out to ACE for additional help.

Especially since circumstances have closed campus libraries, we want to help you arrange the space you’re in. As finals approach, the space you’re going to use to work in is going to get more important. Check out this short article from Huffington Post for tips to set up your workspace.

Below are some more quick tips on preparing yourself for the upcoming online finals, but that’s not all. We’ve also compiled a list of learning resources with study tips, courses, and links to services available through campus programs and various partners.

But studying isn’t the only important element to preparing for finals. Giving your mind a chance to rest is also key. This is why our usual stress busters events are going online this semester, and they’ll be live on April 22!

The events team has created fun and relaxing virtual activities, all of them inspired by Keanu Reeves. You can find them on and after April 22 by visiting lib.fsu.edu/online-stress-busters.

Library Tutoring is on Zoom

The Strozier Library Learning District late-night tutoring has moved online. Due to the recent closure of the FSU campus, we’re now on Zoom! The Learning District is still providing students tutoring on all the usual subjects and operating during our regularly scheduled times, but students can now ask us questions from their own living rooms.

Attention, Students! We’re still here to help!

What is Zoom?

Zoom is an online video conferencing application, and most FSU courses have switched to Zoom lectures and classes. This application also allows the Learning District tutors the chance to chat with students and help subjects in real time no matter where each person is located.

If you need assistance figuring out Zoom, start with this page of FSU’s Information Technology Services site or Zoom’s official help center.

How can I find FSU Zoom tutoring?

From the main tutoring home page, details on hours and how to connect to our tutors are on the Online Tutoring page. During active hours, you can also reach most of our tutors directly by visiting this page for the Zoom link.

What subjects are being tutoring?

The Learning District offers chemistry, math, and physics. We also have our Expanded Subjects tutoring which covers economics, English, and other humanities.

What time is tutoring?

Zoom tutoring for STEM subjects is available Sunday-Wednesday from 8:00 p.m. EST to midnight EST.

Other subjects may be available between 6:00 p.m. EST and midnight EST, Sunday through Thursday, but specific hours vary by tutor, so check the calendar on this page for details.

Getting to know your science librarians

My name is Courtney Evans, and I am a graduate assistant in the STEM Libraries department at FSU Libraries. I typically work with our subject librarians to provide research and learning support to STEM scholars. However, today, I wanted to take some time to introduce you to our science librarians while giving you some information about what types of services and resources are available to the STEM students, staff, faculty, and researchers in the FSU community. 

While our library buildings are currently closed due to concerns related to COVID-19, the FSU Libraries team is still available to help meet the teaching, learning and research needs of our scholars. We have extensive resources and services available to you from home. From research guides to consultations with subject librarians, we are still here for you. STEM librarians are available to support research and learning for students and faculty in STEM disciplines. Their names are Denise A. Wetzel, Dr. Nicholas Ruhs, and Kelly Grove, and they’re typically located in the Dirac Science Library when libraries are physically open. 

As a graduate assistant for the STEM Research and Learning Services Department, I took time to interview our subject librarians in order to learn more about some of the projects that they work on and the services that they continue to offer students. 

From left to right: Denise Wetzel, Nicholas Ruhs, and Kelly Grove
Your STEM librarians!

Denise A. Wetzel, MLIS, subject librarian for, FAMU-FSU College of Engineering; Physics; Math; and Earth, Ocean, & Atmospheric Science.

What has been your favorite project or initiative that you’ve been involved in as a librarian?

            Denise’s favorite project is the partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). The partnership is in its second year, and the goal is to provide learning opportunities for undergraduate students on the basics of research. She enjoys being involved with the UROP program because it’s interdisciplinary and it allows her to work with undergraduates. You can learn more about the UROP partnership here.

What’s something that folks on campus probably don’t know you’re working on?

            Denise is also a mentor for a UROP student. Working with fellow STEM Librarian Kelly Grove and the student, she recently conducted a survey to gain an understanding of how academic libraries acquire scientific standards for their scholars. Standards are documents common in fields like engineering that regulate how items like electrical outlets are designed. These standards can be expensive, and their team is working to find ways to lower costs for FSU Libraries, provide the best service to FSU’s researchers, and contribute to the understanding of standards acquisitions for libraries at research institutions.

Do you have a favorite memory of helping a student or faculty member with their research?

            One of the moments that stood out to Denise was a student who shared that they were accepted to a conference after she helped with their research. In general, she says, moments when students express appreciation and share good news are the highlight of her library days.

Which library services do you wish were used more often? Which ones are used the most?

            Overall, Denise shared that she wishes more students used all the services more often. Libraries are more than just books, and many students could benefit from their services. Specifically, Denise offers workshops on patent searching and services on the patent process that she wishes had more attendance and consultations. You can find her research guide about patent searching or schedule a consultation with her — or any one of our research librarians — here

Nicholas Ruhs, Ph.D., subject librarian for statistics, chemistry, biology, and computer science. Nick is also the data librarian for STEM disciplines. 

What has been your favorite project or initiative that you’ve been involved in as a librarian?

            This spring, Nick worked on Love Data Week with Dr. Jesse Klein, his social science data librarian counterpart. Their Love Data Week programming included things like events for students, tabling, and a podcast about getting to know the data librarians.

What’s something that folks on campus probably don’t know you’re working on?

            The podcast for Love Data Week went so well that Nick and Jesse are working on creating a “Data Stories” monthly podcast that will include trends in data science, history of data, and good stories about data. They  are both excited about the project and hope to publish the first episode soon. In the meantime, you can listen to their very first podcast from Love Data Week here:

Do you have a favorite memory of helping a student or faculty member with their research?

            In general, Nick enjoys helping students and faculty find journal articles and resources that they haven’t been able to on their own. He recalled some specific stories, including an instance when a student who desperately needed an article from the journal, Nature, that was published in 1933. The citation was difficult to decipher, but Nick was able to pick through citations of other articles to find it. Another time, a faculty member was searching for conference proceedings from a conference in Israel 40 years ago. Again, those citation-searching skills helped Nick find this one. These kinds of searches, he says, make being a librarian enjoyable. 

Which library services do you wish were utilized more often? Which ones are  used the most?

            As a data services librarian, Nick wishes the research data management planning services for scholars were used more often. These services mostly center around making research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reproducible (FAIR) — a growing requirement for grants and research funding opportunities. Students and faculty can schedule consultations or email about their plans for effectively managing their research data or for how to start one.

            Nick also offers workshops on areas related to data literacy that are very popular, especially ones involving hands-on software training. Some of the topics covered include R and Python, both programming languages for which faculty and students seek guidance. These workshops — and all our workshops — can be found here. Additionally, if you missed these workshops or can’t make it to the ones being offered, you can always email Nick or any other subject librarian to cover a topic one-on-one or as part of a study group. 

Kelly Grove, MLIS, subject librarian for nursing, psychology, geography, meteorology, oceanography, and nutrition food and exercise sciences.

What has been your favorite project or initiative that you’ve been involved in as a librarian?

            Kelly had the opportunity to be the chair of the annual library symposium in Fall 2018. That year, the symposium was called “Climate Science and Society.” Kelly and the team coordinated with faculty and partner organizations around campus in an effort to design this program for students and faculty of all disciplines to engage around the topic. Last fall, the libraries hosted a symposium around the topic of immigration and Kelly was an instrumental part of the group. 

What’s something that folks on campus probably don’t know you’re working on?

            Kelly is also a graduate student at Florida State University. She is earning her master’s degree geographic information systems (GIS). One of her goals is to apply the skills acquired during her  studies to provide GIS and spatial data services for STEM scholars. One project that Kelly is currently working on is an interlibrary loan (ILL) study to map locations from where the libraries borrow, which FSU departments are heavy users, and if the libraries should join more ILL groups to better serve patrons. ILL is a service the libraries offer for students and faculty to obtain books and journal articles that FSU Libraries does not own. You can learn more about how interlibrary loan works here.

Do you have a favorite memory of helping a student or faculty member with their research?

            In general, Kelly’s favorite moment is helping stressed students with their search strategy for papers. She says the best moments are when students leave her office with the stress lifted from their shoulders because of the help and guidance that she provided. 

Which library services do you wish were utilized more often? Which ones are used the most?

            Kelly wishes more students would utilize the opportunity to meet with research librarians in one-on-one settings to discuss research projects and identify library services and resources that could help meet their information needs. Students do not necessarily have to come into the library for a research consultation. These research consultations can be done through Zoom or other online avenues. Meeting with a research librarian early in the research or writing process takes some time up front but will save researchers time and stress down the road. Kelly can also help with setting up and using citation management tools, such as Zotero, that organize articles found while researching.

            While you may not be able to walk through the doors of the Dirac Science Library to find your favorite study spot, I hope you will remember that we are still here to help. If you’d like to connect with one of our science librarians, please use this form to schedule a time to chat.

I hope that you enjoyed getting to know a little more about the science librarians here at FSU Libraries. I also hope that you gained a better understanding of the types of library resources and services that are available to FSU’s STEM community. 

Pop Lit E-Books for anxiety and stress during COVID-19

In this trying time, the FSU Libraries Pop Lit committee wanted to make a few titles available digitally that may be helpful or calming to our students and staff.
As always we hope everyone is happy and healthy and safe.
Please see our newly added ebooks below for a “Pop Lit COVID- 19 survival guide”! You can now find these titles in the catalog here.

If you would like more updates on what FSU Libraries are doing, you can check our COVID-19 updates here. And you can see Florida State University’s updates here.

Supporting Students Through Open and Affordable Course Materials

As we move forward to the semester ahead of fully online classes and the educational community responds to COVID-19, you may be receiving emails from vendors offering limited-time free access to their tools and platforms. We encourage instructors to explore open textbook or library-licensed e-book textbook alternatives during this transition to online teaching, which are always free or affordable. 

Please remember that students may be experiencing greater financial stress than usual if they’re not able to work due to the coronavirus. You might want to consider investing your time in trying resources and tools that will continue to be free to you and your students after the crisis is over. These options will increase first-day access to required course materials and save students time and money during this stressful time. According to our 2017 survey, 72% of FSU students do not purchase textbooks due to cost and 93% prefer a free online textbook over a traditional print option. 

Subject librarians are available to work with instructors to locate open or already licensed content in order to save students money and ease the pedagogical burdens of the current situation. If you are interested in adopting a library e-book for your course, please consult your subject librarian so we can check on the resource license as not all of our e-books are available for multi user simultaneous usage. 


From Guilia Forsythe, Flickr

Open Educational Resources & Open Textbooks 

Open educational resources (OER) are freely-accessible, openly licensed textbooks, media, and other digital assets that are useful for teaching and learning. OER can be reused, customized, and widely shared by others. Many courses at FSU already utilize open textbooks including CHM1045. Our top suggestions for open textbooks include:

  • Openstax: Peer-reviewed, open textbooks on introductory topics. Students can buy print copies. See their blog post on Teaching online with OpenStax to support emerging social distancing requirements. OpenStax has quiz banks, slides, and other ancillaries freely available for instructors who sign up with them. OpenStax Allies offer competitively-priced homework platforms that work with OpenStax books, and many of them are waiving costs right now.
  • Open Textbook Library : Read peer reviews and access open textbooks being used across the world.
  • OER Commons: Public library of open educational resources wit platform for content authoring & remixing.
  • BC Campus OpenEd: Search for quality open textbooks offered in a variety of digital formats.
  •  Lumen Learning: Offers a wide array of open content that you can access for free. Their Waymaker and OHM modules are low-cost homework platforms that can be integrated with Canvas

Don’t use a standalone textbook? Many instructors chose to use a mix of open resources to support their curriculum instead of just one open textbook. Sources include TED Talks, online news articles from publications such as The Guardian, government information such as cdc.gov, and other high-quality information available online. Some instructors also use Open Scholarly Monographs as educational resources in their course, which carry the same open licenses.

  • Mason MetaFinder: Search engine that includes a variety of open materials for those looking to mix content and recently added 1.4 million + books from the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library.
  • OASIS: Search tool for open content from 97 different sources and contains 385,629 records of textbooks, modules, videos, podcasts, primary resources and more.

Library-licensed E-books, Articles, and Online Resources for the Classroom 

Library-licensed material expands the amount of materials available for higher-level coursework and complements other OER materials. Many faculty at FSU have opted to adopt e-books, journal articles, videos, images, and other digital resources from our collection. If you are interested in browsing our immense online collection for course materials, here are a couple of our search tools:

OneSearch: Search through many resources at once using our OneSearch tool. Whether you are looking for an e-book or searching broadly by subject or keyword, OneSearch is a great place to start your searching. OneSearch is also a good place to find items by citation – just paste the citation right into the search box.

Databases A-Z List: If you know which database you are looking for, use this list to find the specific database by title.

Databases by Subject List: Our subject librarians have selected the top databases for each subject in this list, helping identify the top resources for each subject.

Journal Search: This tool allows you to find journals by title or subject.

Streaming Media: Showing films in online courses requires some additional planning. We are happy to share that FSU Libraries provide access to multiple video platforms. If you are interested in using our streaming media resources in your online courses, please check out our Streaming Media in Your Course guide for tips on finding streaming resources and streaming models that best suit your course material needs.

FSU Libraries is committed to developing open and affordable solutions that will ease the burden of textbook costs. Affordable course materials are going to be more important to students than ever. Find out more about FSU Libraries Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative.

If interested in exploring open and affordable options for your course, please contact Camille Thomas at cthomas5@fsu.edu or Lindsey Wharton at lwharton@fsu.edu.

A Visit to Panama

By Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus & Distance Services Librarian, & Michael Pritchard, Distance Services Library Associate

In February 2020, members of the FSU Libraries were hosted by the Florida State University – Panama campus in an effort to strengthen our partnership with the Panama students, faculty and staff. Our visit provided us the opportunity to promote library resources and services as well as learn about the teaching and learning experiences, both academic and culturally, of our students, staff, and faculty abroad. While Lindsey Wharton, the Extended Campus & Distance Services Librarian, had visited the Panama campus previously in 2014 and 2016, this was the first visit for both Michael Pritchard, Distance Library Services Specialist, and Dr. Gale Etschmaier, Dean of University Libraries. This campus visit marked an important occurrence for University Libraries and FSU Panama, as all were excited to reconnect with colleagues, work with the students, and introduce Dr. Etschmaier to the campus. 

Panama is a lush tropical country with what seems like a perpetual warm sea breeze & blooming landscape. The people are friendly, the food is delicious, and it is easy to imagine just settling down into a happy and colorful life in the growing city. From Panama Viejo to Casco Viejo to the ever changing high-rise business district, the city is layered with culture and stories and histories. 

Florida State University Panama houses and educates both First Year Abroad students as well as a growing population of local Panamanian and Central & South American students who study at FSU Panama. Thanks to the 2 + 2 program offered in conjunction with Florida State University, International Programs, and Florida State University – Panama, students who are academically successful during their initial 2 years at the FSU Panama campus are able to transfer to the main campus in Tallahassee and pay in-state tuition. In addition, FSU Panama enjoys the benefits of being housed within the Ciudad del Saber (City of Knowledge), a shared campus of innovation and discovery housed in Panama City, Panama. The Ciudad del Saber sits across from the Miraflores locks of the Panama Canal. It is quite difficult to describe this hub of creativity and wisdom; to see this culmination of planning and innovation, and watch massive barges and ships be lifted up and down is quite a magnificent experience . This prime location allows students to be able to choose to live in what are essentially on-campus dormitories, park and walk safely to class, eat at La Plaza (the local food court at the Ciudad del Saber), and — most importantly — access the FSU Panama library. 

The three of us began our visit bright and early, a necessity to avoid the scorching Central American sun and the lively Panama City traffic. We met with FSU Panama librarian Anthony Blackie at his office for a tour of the 50,000 volume library. This collection is the largest English language collection in all of Panama and contains several unique and specialized items on the history of the canal and the country’s unique relationship with the United States. We discussed the space and the collection, the changes and updates since the last visit by our library team, and ideas for growth. Some of these discussions included flexible seating and study locations, safe and secure internet access, physical resource availability and check-out processes, gender-inclusive restrooms and spaces, and the potential for space redevelopment and expansion. We were also able to speak to some of the student workers at the circulation desk and gain insight on working in our libraries abroad. Following this tour and introduction, we met with Dr. Carlos Langoni, Rector of FSU Panama, and Dr. Alexandra Anyfanti, Vice Rector for Academic affairs, to discuss the multitude of opportunities that exist for collaboration between FSU Libraries and FSU Panama and the short- and long-term goals of the campus. 


FSU Panama Librarian, Anthony Blackie, introduces the FSU Panama Library to Dean Gale Etschmaier

The FSU Panama team had coordinated and promoted a Lunch-and-Learn session, providing Lindsey and Michael an opportunity to present a library workshop to an audience of students, faculty, and staff. During this time for research guidance, open discussion, and critical thinking, Lindsey and Michael gave an overview of the resources and support that FSU Libraries offers our students studying around the globe.. Additionally, we hosted an open Meet and Greet with faculty where we focused on the benefits of Open Educational Resources and our IP Alternative Textbook Grant Program. We were also able to provide library instruction to multiple classes, guiding students through the research process and strategies for finding information to support their assignments. Our Libraries’ team received wonderful feedback from students and faculty alike with requests for asynchronous instruction and online library engagement for when we are unable to visit in-person. 


FSU Panama students at the Lunch & Learn session

FSU Panama differentiates itself from the other international campuses as it is our only degree-granting campus and the majority of students are local to Panama and Central America as opposed to American students studying abroad. The students are afforded an intimate university experience at one of the most elite universities in the country. They are an incredibly engaged student population, exemplified in the standing room only lunch and learn workshop. The faculty and staff were excited to discuss University Libraries and engaged with our resources and services. We were blown away by the passion of the instructors, the diligence of the students, and the overall ambition of the FSU Panama team. Anthony Blackie has run the FSU Panama Library for many years as a solo librarian, managing the building and collection, ordering and cataloging items, providing research and reference support, and providing information literacy support to the campus community. Spending time with him was invaluable as maintaining and strengthening our connections with library staff globally further extends the reach of all we have to offer through University Libraries. 

There was something that really set the tone for our visit to Panama, and that was within the very first meeting with Dr. Langoni & Dr. Anyfanti. Gale Etschmaier reflected that the most valuable resource provided by FSU Libraries isn’t our eResources, our almost 900 databases or 1,000,000 eBooks, but our people. Our library staff provides the expertise, the skills, and the creativity to support the campus community, through our collection, our spaces, but also beyond our physical libraries and our traditional services. It’s our team that is the real treasure and these visits to our international and extended campus locations not only allows us to share and promote what we do but it allows us to grow our Libraries’ team. The reality is that our campus partners, our students who engage in library instruction, our faculty who tell students to visit the Libraries – they are all part of our library team, too. The time we spent in FSU Panama was time spent growing our team, taking the mission and vision of University Libraries global. We are lucky to have these inspiring members of our team working so hard to grow the University in beautiful Panama and we look forward to what comes next. 

Lindsey and Michael receive a certificate at FSU Panama

FSU Panama Librarian, Anthony Blackie, presents a certificate to Lindsey & Michael