SIS Skills Development Program

Skills for the Digital scholarly environment


To build knowledge and capabilities for all SIS staff to be a part of the virtual and future oriented activities and services within our exciting fast moving field of scholarly communications and publishing.


To be offered to SIS staff at ANU, to staff from all university libraries in the ACT and other groups such as Research Services Division in ANU.


Through a combination of live online presentations and recorded sessions, SIS staff will share skills and expertise across 7 broad capabilities: General capabilities, resource discovery, research data, scholarly communication (discipline based), digital archives, open access and digitisation, and exploring the student experience in a digital world.

Online presentations by SIS staff will be complemented by a curated collection of recommended readings and other professional resources such as webinars, podcasts, and conference proceedings, to encourage further engagement and development.

Recognition staff will be able to log their own participation in the program and be awarded a certificate at the completion of 10 sessions. Supervisors can include these sessions in staff PDR’s.

Past webinars

ANU Zoom training for SIS Staff

11am | 9 April 2020

Presented by Candida Spence

In this training, we learn about using ANU Zoom. Zoom focuses on collaboration between users through audio/video communication, recording, and screen sharing. ANU academics, staff, and students are all eligible to create their own Zoom meeting room to host meetings.

Learn how to access your account, schedule and manage meetings and student consultations, and make the most of Zoom. Have a Word document ready to share with the other participants. The second half will be about hosting webinar and what is involved.

Sierra Web

2:00 PM | 23 April 2020

Presented by Mark Huppert

An overview of Sierra Web - Find out what is different about the Web version, some of the capabilities and limitations, as well as tips for using Sierra from home.

Introduction to Microsoft Teams

1pm | Wednesday 29 April

Presented by Vanessa Galloway

This session covers how to access Teams, create a team and channels, schedule a meeting, collaborate on documents, and utilise other forms of communication including chat and tags.

Creating webinars for online teaching

1:30-2:30pm | Thursday 30 April

Presented by Terra Starbird

This session will demonstrate webinar technology for teaching - the tips, tricks and advantages in moving from face-to-face to the online environment.

Scholarly Communications 101: the four pillars

1:30-2:30pm | Wednesday 6 May

Presented by Imogen Ingram and Erin Gallant

This session begins with a brief historical tour through Scholarly Communications and Publishing since the 1600s. Along the way, you'll learn about the four pillars around which this history can be told, and how these remain foundational for contemporary scholars to produce original and authoritative research.

In the second half of the session, discover how SIS Open Research and Digital Scholarship works in partnership at a researcher and institutional level, to ensure access to high quality traditional, and non-traditional, ANU research outputs.

COVID-19 Vendor Offers

10-11am | Wednesday 13 May

Presented by Katie Ferguson

Learn about the free access offered by publishers and vendors during COVID-19. How have these offers come about, how are they managed, and what are some of the more interesting resources we have short-term access to?

Physical to Digital

10-11am | Friday 15 May

Presented by Stephanie Luke and Kit Nelson

An overview on how decisions are made, why we digitise selected materials and what’s involved in producing a digital version for users to access.

What are the Pacific Research Archives?

12pm - 1pm | Thursday 21 May

Presented by Catherine Ziegler

Learn about the Pacific resources held at the ANU Archives, including digitised resources available through our partnerships.

ANU Press: An overview of an open-access press

10.30am - 11.15am | Thursday 28 May

Presented by Lorena Kanellopoulos

An overview of ANU Press, from its inception to now.

Using Canva to Create Compelling Visuals

1.30pm - 2.30pm | Thursday 28 May

Presented by Terra Starbird

Learn to use Canva, an easy to use graphic design platform that allows you to create powerpoint slides, social media posts, presentations, posters, teaching resources, promotional materials and other visual content.

It has been described as the “no tech or design skills required” content creation tool. Session will cover basics of design and how to improve your existing graphic content, whilst following ANU guidelines.

You will leave able to create a range of graphics that you can use across a variety of platforms (websites, social media, PPT, libguides, printable teaching resources, and more).

Australian Indigenous Information Resources

12pm - 1pm | Friday 29 May

Presented by Jason Murdoch and Jaisy Antony

In celebration of National Reconciliation Week 2020 (“In this together” 27 May – 3 June 2020), Chifley Library's Jason Murdoch & Jaisy Antony provide an overview an discussion of SIS’s rich collection of Australian Indigenous information and knowledge resources, designed to support and enhance Indigenous scholarship and research.

Introduction to Freedom of Information (FOI)

10am - 11am | Thursday 4 June

Presented by David Brumby

This session is designed to provide you with essential information on how FOI requests to the ANU are processed and answer any questions you might have about FOI such as:

  • What is FOI?
  • How do I search for documents requested?
  • What documents can be released to an FOI applicant?
  • What if I don’t think a document should be released?

ANU Press Production

1pm - 1.45pm | Wednesday 3 June

Presented by Emily Tinker

A step-by-step look at the submission, review, production and editorial processes of ANU Press.

Introduction to Powtoon

1pm | 1 July 2020

Presented by Terra Starbird

This webinar will take you through everything you need to know to use Powtoon to make instructional videos. The session will explore scripting, audio recording, video design principles, templates, timeline and inserting video, PowerPoint slides, Canva visuals and images. It is most applicable for staff who are already creating videos, but all staff who are interested in developing their video and design literacies will benefit.

Design & Develop Your Digital Display for Visualise Your Thesis

10.30am | 9 July 2020

Presented by Terra Starbird

So you’ve developed your research pitch? Now, leverage your media, storytelling and digital skills to maximise the impact of your research project. We’ll show you how to meet the Visualise Your Thesis (VYT) PowerPoint Competition requirements, and create short, engaging animated videos using Powtoon. This webinar is designed specifically for candidates who are doing the VYT competition, but will be useful for other situations, such as the Three Minute Thesis (3MT), or to help ANU staff and students make more impactful conference presentations. Suitable for all disciplines and various levels of creativity and digital skills.


Scholarly communication

Research data management

Research Data Management Services and Strategic Planning in Libraries Today: A Longitudinal Study

Scholarly communication

Webinar: What is scholarly communication and publishing in the 21st century?

Available on the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association blog along with a link to speakers' presentations and their key takeaways summarising their talks. This may be useful for those who missed it or wish to share with colleagues.

Research data

TDM Studio Webinar 

11am | Wednesday 6 May

Due to the high demand and positive feedback from our recent TDM Studio Webinars, we have arranged for one more session.

From health care to humanities and every discipline in between, text and data mining (TDM) helps uncover career defining research outcomes. Students and researchers are looking for ways to analyse content, gain new insight from their existing data and challenge previous findings.

Can’t make it? Register anyway and you’ll receive the recording afterwards.

Digital archives

Digital preservation

Digital preservation is a complex ongoing process considering the long-term usability, searchability and accessibility of your data.

This webinar will explore why effective digital preservation is so much more than simply just a backup. We’ll explore questions such as how can data managers and archivists get the most out of their data by utilizing and capturing metadata in the best ways? How can you leverage approaches like FAIR? Why automation is crucial to effective digital preservation? Join us to see how to apply good data practices utilizing the most effective approaches

Digital Preservation for Easy Discovery, Access and Usability

Professional reading

Archivaria and The American Archivist online issues

Archivaria and The American Archivist have both made recent issues freely available until June 30. Usually recent issues are subscriber only


Introduction to EThOS: the British Library database of UK theses

2.30 -3.30pm | Thursday 21 May

The British Library service known as EThOS is effectively a shop window on the amazing doctoral research undertaken in UK universities. With half a million thesis titles listed, you can uncover unique research on every topic imaginable and often download the full thesis file to use immediately for your own research.

This webinar will offer a guided walk through the features and content of EThOS, and the research potential for making use of EThOS as a dataset.

This webinar will be of interest to doctoral students and researchers. It will also be of interest to librarians wishing to learn more about how EThOS works

Resource Discovery

Presenting metadata from different sources in discovery layers

OCLC Research blog

Resource Discovery

Summon for Patron-Facing Librarians

4.00 pm | Tuesday 9 June

Designed for front-line librarians who are using Summon with patrons, this training will provide an introduction to the Central Discovery Index and searching in Summon. Gain a general understanding of what content is indexed, how the system searches and ranks search results, how facets affect those results, and how the system leverages data intelligence through various customization opportunities.

Resource Discovery

Undergraduates and Discovery

4.00 pm | Monday 15 June

What do we know about how novice users approach discovery? How does their search behavior differ from librarians? Join us for an exploration of the area where users and discovery meet and discussion of how libraries can help users navigate more successful searching.

Resource Discovery

Getting Started @ the NLA Webinar

Learn about eResources, Trove, NLA digitised collections, edesposit, copies, loans and much more.

Resource Discovery

Trove launch and ‘Train the Trainer’

This session will demonstrate some of the functionality and provide guidance on questions you may receive from end users.

Supporting student experience

ACRL Presents: IL Instruction at a Social Distance: Moving Library Instruction Online

Presented by Melissa Wong, Adjunct Lecturer at the iSchool University of Illinois at Chicago.

We trust you received some valuable information for moving your library instruction online during these challenging times.

For your convenience, we’ve included some additional information along with the recording. Here are some key resources and the chat.

Online launch of Curtin Library's new narrative based digital game, Certitude

3.30-4.30 pm (AWST) | Monday 25 May

Certitude, which was largely created by students for students, aims to help players develop academic skills by introducing them to concepts around referencing, plagiarism, critical thinking, and the importance of using accurate sources of information.

You are welcome to have a look at the game before the launch.

Information about the game is at

The game trailer can be viewed at