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Library Event Calendars

The Alkek Library and The Wittliff Collections host a variety of events and workshops throughout the year. Events range from fun activities, like game nights, to information literacy workshops and author readings.
Cowboy with lasso, horses in the foreground photograph by Bill Wittliff

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Workshops

All Alkek One workshops will be offered virtually; however, we will have limited seats available in the Alkek 105 instruction space. If you would like to request a seat in Alkek 105, please email Brittney Johnson at brittney.johnson@txstate.edu. Social-distancing and mask-wearing policies will be enforced and the instructor will Zoom in for the session.

Alkek One: Augmented Reality Composer for Presentations
This workshop will teach educators and students how to use Augmented Reality for effective 3-D presentation using mobile phones/tablets. This workshop does require you to work on an iPad or an iPhone 8 or newer (with the latest iOS). 
Monday, Sept. 21, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Alkek One: Image Manipulation
In this workshop, participants will learn how to use photo editing software to improve a photograph's quality and merge two photographs together. Please download the attached materials for use during the workshop.
Monday, Sept. 21, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Alkek One: Introduction to StoryMapping
This workshop introduces you to the world of ArcGIS StoryMaps. A StoryMap is a web platform that allows users to "combine maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story". The workshop is open to all with no prior knowledge in GIS or those who will like to refreshen their knowledge after a long break from learning GIS. It is hands-on so attendees will have the opportunity to create their own StoryMaps.
Monday, Sept. 21, 3:30 pm to 5::00 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Alkek One: Exploring Open Source GIS I

Learn how to conduct spatial analysis or create maps using a free and open source GIS software: QGIS. This workshop is open to all with no prior knowledge in GIS or those who will like to refreshen their knowledge after a long break from using GIS.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Alkek One: Logo Design

In this workshop, you will learn how to find logo inspiration, what types of logos there are, and the basic workflow of using Adobe Illustrator to design a logo for your brand. In the end you will know that you don’t have to be an amazing artist to design an amazing logo, you just need to know some basic rules and a few ideas.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Alkek One: Introduction to Rhino 3D

This workshop will help participants get started using Rhinoceros 3D modeling software. Attendees will learn how to navigate the user interface while exploring the various types of curves, surfaces, and solids that can be created.
For more information on what can be created with Rhinoceros 3D, check out their website at https://www.rhino3d.com/. *This workshop will be held in-person in Alkek 105.*

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Alkek One: Large-Format Printing

Ready to print? Find out how to make sure your project poster or design is ready for large-format printing in Alkek’s Print Shop. In this workshop, you will learn how to prepare your documents in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and even Publisher to guarantee a successful and print-ready document.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Alkek One: 2D Design Fabrication
This workshop will introduce participants to design concepts as they relate to creating physical objects. Participants will use Adobe Illustrator to design parts or objects that can be cut out or created using equipment in the Alkek MakerSpace. 
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Alkek One: Interactive 3D Web Design (webGL)
This workshop will cover the fundamentals of creating an interactive 3D website that includes multimedia components. The workshop does require participants to have a basic awareness of coding. 
Thursday, Sept. 24, 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Alkek One: Introduction to 3D Design
This workshop will introduce participants to 3D modeling using TinkerCAD, an online 3D modeling interface. Participants will use basic shapes to create a digital model that can be 3D printed in the Alkek MakerSpace at a later date.
Thursday, Sept. 24, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Alkek One: Introduction to Video Editing

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use video editing software to trim, slice, and sequence video and audio clips together to create and export a video file.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Alkek One: Introduction to GIS/Mapping
Learn how to create a map from scratch using ArcGIS Pro software. ArcGIS Pro is the latest professional desktop GIS from Esri with the capabilities for viewing, exploring, analyzing, editing, and sharing (via the internet) maps and data. An ArcGIS Pro project can contain many maps and layouts as well as tables, charts, and other items. 3D capabilities are native to ArcGIS Pro; any 2D map can be converted to a 3D scene.
This workshop is open to all with no prior knowledge of GIS or those who will like to refreshen their knowledge after a long break from using GIS.
Monday, Sept. 28, 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Alkek One: Building Your Brand
If you have ever asked-- How important is a logo to a brand? How do I make my small business idea stand up to competitors? Or, how can I show a web developer what basic things I want them to build my website with? -- then this workshop is for you. A brand is more than the name of a business or a logo. It combines several elements to create a cohesive appearance that will make it stand out. In this workshop, you will learn how to make a brand guide that will build a unified brand. 
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
 

Alkek One: Hard Surface Modeling, Part 1
Hard-surface modeling is usually where people start with 3D art to get used to the workflow of any chosen software and how polygons work together. Flat edges are generally easier to model than a face with many curves and creases. In this workshop, we will learn how to use reference images in Blender to model a modern-style chair. 
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

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