iSkills: Professional, academic, & technical workshops

Faculty of Information professors, librarians, staff, current students, alumni, and a collective of professionals and academics from each program and concentration, worked together to create the iSkills roster of workshops listed below. Together with the required curricula, these workshops create a unique information and heritage educational experience. They also address academic, professional, and technical competencies aligned with your program and/or concentration(s).

Winter 2020 registration

  • All current BI, MI, MMSt, and PhD students can register for Winter 2020 iSkills workshops.  You will receive an email from Daisy Dowdall with directions on how to register on Monday, January 6th.
  • DOUBLE CHECK you entered your UTORONTO email information correctly (example:
  • You MUST be registered for each workshop you wish to attend
  • There will be an attendance sheet in each workshop session, listing the names of all registrants
  • Those who are not on the attendance sheet will be asked to leave, since it is an imposition on the instructor, and unfair to those who registered or are waitlisted

Waitlist and future sessions

  • If a workshop is full, be sure to sign up for the waitlist, as we add sessions to the fall and winter roster based on numbers of those who are on the waitlist

Workshop materials

  • Materials, when received from instructors, are posted within a few weeks after the last session of a workshop
  • Change the year and the term in the drop-down menus below to access the workshop roster and accompanying materials from previous terms


  • If you are unable to attend a workshop for which you have signed up, be sure to withdraw at least 48 hours prior to the workshop
  • Be sure to save each registration confirmation email, as it contains a link to use if you need to withdraw

Penalty charge ($)

  • If you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop
  • It is your responsibility to sign your name on each workshop's attendance sheet to ensure that we have a record of your attendance
  • A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge


  • Alumni will receive a separate email from Lisa Habib, Alumni Development Officer
  • You will ONLY be able to register via the link in this email

Questions, comments, suggestions

All questions, comments, and suggestions relating to iSkills workshops should be directed to Daisy Dowdall, User Services Librarian.

iSkills Workshops

Workshop Year Materials
UXD portfolio 2019
A taste of Python: Starting from scratch 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Using service blueprinting as a tool for service assessment 2019
Introduction to Google Analytics 2019 PDF icon Presentation
PDF icon Handout
Introduction to Photoshop+ 2019 PDF icon Handout
Introduction to Illustrator: Building your business card+ 2019 PDF icon Handout
Introduction to Arduinos+ 2019
Computers without screens: Building with a Raspberry Pi+ 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Managing volunteers in museums 2019 PDF icon Handout
Cite in APA 2019 PDF icon Presentation
PDF icon Handout
Alternative controllers: From MakeyMakeys to PlayStation Moves+ 2019 PDF icon Presentation
From data visualization to interactive data analysis 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Designing meetings for consensus-based outcomes 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Strategic non-academic grant writing 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Building interoperable digital collections with the international interoperability framework (IIIF) 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Introduction to research: Effective use of the U of T library resources (only for BI students) 2019 PDF icon Handout
PDF icon Exercises
Preservation in a historical computing environment: How to recover information from vintage tech 2019 PDF icon Handout
Building inclusive communities: Opportunities for creativity and progress within the current legal framework 2019 PDF icon Presentation
PDF icon Handout
Information on the air: Software defined radio 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Public library leadership 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Introduction to Omeka: Creating online exhibits and collections 2019
Mountmaking* 2019
Researcher impact & the responsible use of metrics 2019 PDF icon Presentation
PDF icon Handout
Finding articles for your LIS and ARM coursework 2019 PDF icon Handout
PDF icon Exercises
Finding books by topics: Making library catalogues work for you 2019 PDF icon Handout
PDF icon Exercises
Library program crash course: How to develop, host, and evaluate library programming 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Developing for virtual reality 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Crash course in Dewey Decimal Classification 2019 PDF icon Handout
PDF icon Presentation
Crash course in Library of Congress classification 2019 PDF icon Exercises
PDF icon Exercises(answers)
Basic video preservation hands-on training 2019 PDF icon Presentation
Indigenous materials & perspectives in library collections 2019 PDF icon Presentation
3D printing+ 2019 PDF icon Handout
Using data to solve problems: An introduction to artificial intelligence and machine learning for beginners 2019 PDF icon Presentation