Month: May 2020

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 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

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 (


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 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 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 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:

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