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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.

QGIS

“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.

Ever wonder how many people visit Strozier and Dirac?

 

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Long lines at Starbucks, lines backed up at the turnstiles and the constant search to find the best study spots. Sound familiar? FSU Libraries are one of the most visited places on campus and for good reason! We offer numerous services to help both students and faculty succeed including everything from free tutoring, equipment checkout, 3d printing, digital research scholarship, and not to mention over 2 million items in our collections. Ever wonder exactly how many people pass through our doors each semester?

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When we examine how many student, faculty, staff, or guests have visited either Strozier or Dirac Science Libraries or both, we calculate a total of 37,499 unique visitors for the fall 2017. More of the unique visits tend to be those who visit Strozier or both Dirac and Strozier at least once during the semester.  The “both” in the following Venn diagram, means those individuals who went to both libraries at least once during fall 2017 (18,014).

 

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Strozier & Dirac – A destination for students on the main FSU campus

In the fall 2017, of the total student body of 41,900 students, 42% visited Dirac Science Library and 66% visited Strozier at least once. Of these unique visits, 17,824 were students visiting Dirac and 27,682 setting foot into Strozier. 83% of the unique visits in Dirac were students and 81% of the unique visits were students in Strozier. 37964918135_a26a826a1b_k.jpg

Introducing our Newest Librarians

Continuing the series, here are two more of our new librarians.

Renaine Julian – Data Research Librarian

Hi folks. My name is Renaine and I’m the Data Research Librarian at FSU. I’m a three time FSU alum and I couldn’t be happier to be back on campus! Before starting my current position, I worked for the Libraries for about five years as a student worker and, later, as a staff member before heading over to the state-wide library consortium, The Florida Virtual Campus.

The Data Research Librarian is a new position and I’m responsible for creating a new suite of services for students and faculty related to quantitative data as well as the management of research data. That being said, I can help you find data as well as figure out what to do with it once you have your hands on something useful. If you’re creating large datasets for your research, you’ll need a plan for managing that information and, in many cases, making it available to others. I’m working with other folks in the Libraries and around campus to develop data management consulting services to assist you in planning to keep your research intact, findable and usable.

I’m also the subject specialist for Economics, Geography, and Urban and Regional Planning. My research interests include: data management, data visualization, open data, emerging technologies and digital libraries. I work in the Scholars Commons which is located in Strozier’s basement. Please come by and say hello.

Contact Renaine – rjulian at fsu.edu

[Editors note – photo coming soon! That’s how new Stacey is!]

Hello! My name is Stacey Mantooth and I am a new addition to the library staff at Dirac Science Library. Before joining Florida State University, I earned my MSLS at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked at the EPA Library at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. While I’ve lived in several states around the Southeast and Midwest, this is my first time living in Florida, and I’m excited to see what Tallahassee has to offer.

As the liaison to the Chemistry and Biochemistry and Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science departments, I help students and faculty with research activities like finding journal articles, writing literature reviews, patent searching, or managing data. I also help make decisions about what materials the Libraries buy or keep for these subjects. In addition to my regular library and liaison work, I’m interested in doing research on the information needs of STEM faculty and students on campus. Studying which information researchers need, knowing how they go about getting it, and understanding how they view the research process could lead to improved University services and greater STEM success.

Contact Stacey – smantooth at fsu.edu