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UNC Symposium on Academic Productivity


October 3, 2008, 10-11:30AM, Manning Hall 208



About: Are you struggling with information overload, focus and concentration, or the quiet chaos of an unstructured, unscheduled "job" (despite all that ILS training)? We feel your pain. Join us to share your ideas and learn from others. We'll discuss productivity methods and systems, tech tips, the latest tools... and just vent.


Format: The Academic Productivity symposium employs the unconference format. There are seven sessions, each ten-minutes in length. Each presenter will be given ten minutes to present, answer questions. Since ten minutes is not a lot of time, you're not expected to cover much - present something that will quickly and easily make your fellow students lives easier.


We ask that you document your talk. So please create informative slides that we'll distribute to symposium attendees.


The password to edit this wiki is "sils"





The Symposium will be held on October 3, 2008, 10-11:30AM, Manning Hall 208. Faculty and students from all departments are invited. Please invite your friends from other departments.




  • 10:00 - 10:10 - Introductions
  • 10:10 - 10:20 - Inbox Zero - Erin White
  • 10:20 - 10:30 - Your Computer's Desktop is Not a To-Do List - Mike Brown - desktop-todo-list.ppt | desktop-todo-list.pdf | thinkingonpaper-cheatsheet.pdf
  • 10:30 - 10:40 - Zotero Firefox plug-in - John Weis
  • 10:40 - 10:50 - Literature alerts and push-button citations - Fred Stutzman - LitAlerts.pdf
  • 10:50 - 11:00 - Howard Becker and Joan Bolker on large writing projects (The "Do what I say, not what I do" session) - Fred Stutzman - Becker.pdf
  • 11:00 - 11:10 - Lessons learned from a daily planning experiment - Abe Crystal
  • 11:10 - 11:20
  • 11:20 - 11:30 - Wrapup




Hi all - I've attached my PPT slides (and the PDF version), and also my cheatsheet notes on the book Thinking on Paper, which is similar to the writing books Fred discussed. If you're interested in seeing the various drafts of my writing presentation (did it in 2006), it's available at http://brownstudy.pbwiki.com/InlsFinalProject.


BTW: To attach files, click the Attach file on the toolbar when you edit this page. Upload the file. After it's uploaded, select it and click OK, and its filename is inserted into the page at your cursor location.


It was great seeing everyone today! -- Mike Brown


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