Check it out: Norlin Library's Learner's Lunch offers wide range of learning opportunities

March 2, 2016

Want to learn a creative approach to solving real and complex problems? Need tips on designing beautiful presentations? Would you like to know how to be productive while using Slack, a communication and team management tool?

The Learner's Lunch program is a great place to learn those skills and more during brown bag sessions held at Norlin Library.

Learner's Lunch was developed in 2010 by Caroline Sinkinson, teaching and learning librarian, and Alison Hicks, romance language librarian. They saw the program as a way to present a variety of topics while utilizing the myriad resources and expertise that exist on the CU campus.

"The library is a central place on campus for learning and research," said Sinkinson. "We want this to be a shared and informal learning environment where students can have access to that wealth of knowledge and expertise."

The sessions are open to students, faculty and staff and there is no charge to attend. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch while they learn.

There are typically 10 sessions each semester spanning a wide range of topics, from digital and information literacies, workflow issues and digital composition and design, to strategies for managing stress, time management and tips for getting effective sleep. Past topics have included Keeping up, keeping track: dealing with information overload; Effective collaboration and productivity with Trello; Developing a personal learning network; Free education tools; Data management; and Developing an online scholarly identity. 

Norlin Library sessions are held in Norlin E113, from noon to 1 p.m. Branch locations that include science libraries and business libraries on campus are now offering similar workshops tailored to their specific communities as well.

"We try to keep up with trends on campus and what people are interested in," said Hicks. "For example, at the beginning of the fall semester, we have more new students wanting to get organized with their research. We try to stay in the rhythm of the semester."

Upcoming brown bag sessions include: 

·      3/9    Beautiful and Accessible: Quick Tips on Designing Presentations

·      3/16  How to be Productive while Slacking: An Introduction to Slack

Look for posters placed throughout campus with the distinctive Learner's Lunch mascot—Leonard the owl—for more information. More information is available on the Learner's Lunch website.

Campus colleagues interested in presenting ideas and sharing expertise for a Learner's Lunch or those who have ideas or needs that could be filled through this venue are encouraged to contact caroline.sinkinson@colorado.edu or Alison.hicks@colorado.edu