Gear Up enhances skills for professional and personal life

The Alvin Sherman Library will kickoff the winter semester with the Power Publishing Day on Thursday Jan. 24 and Technology Lightning Rounds workshop on Tuesday Feb. 5 as part of their Gear Up series.

The fourth annual Power Publishing Day will bring individuals from the publishing industry to campus to teach students, faculty, staff, alumni and the public about the processing of getting academically published. The event will be held in the Cotilla Gallery on the second floor of the Alvin Sherman library from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

“The purpose of Power Publishing Day is to support the university’s core values of research and scholarship. We bring in publishers as well as faculty and staff that will talk about getting published,” said Susan Berkman, the chairperson of Power Publishing Day.

Topics that will be presented include why your manuscript may have been rejected and how to get it accepted, writing a book proposal and leveraging open education resources for classroom affordability. Those unable to attend the entire event are welcome to attend any of the presentations that fit their schedule. Wiley, IEEE, Clarivate, Elsevier, Barnes and Noble, Emerald Publishing and Taylor and Francis are the sponsors of the event. Vendors, faculty and staff will be presenting, and the Writing Center will also be at the event. The presentations will be delivered twice: in the morning and afternoon. The presenters and sponsors will be available after their presentations to answer questions that attendees may have and to meet potential new authors.

“It is a great opportunity for attendees to learn about how to get published and to actually meet editors face-to-face. Which a lot times they don’t have that opportunity. [Normally] They are just applying, sending their manuscript online [and] uploading it, and they may never have contact with the editor or the publisher,” said Berkman.

The Technology Lightning Rounds will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. in the HPD library and will include the lightning rounds, Q&A and lunch. Innovative technology, applications and software will be showcased by librarians and faculty in five minute lightning rounds.

“This is a session that is all about innovative technology. Specifically, it will be technological innovations, applications and even potentially hardware that is meant to make the routines of our students, faculty and community easier,” said Craig Amos, chairperson of the Gear Up committee.

This session is not catered to only tech savvy students. Amos stressed that the library encourages all students to learn how to become more technologically efficient by presenting the complex and daunting technology in nontechnical language.

“Not all of the sessions will be complex or talking about an advanced technology. We try to use natural language. These sessions are designed to help students in their work. They are not designed to be presented in cryptic language. Especially with that lightning round format, they’ve got five minutes. They want to use natural language,” said Amos.

The Gear Up workshops are designed to help attendees fully utilize the resources available through the library. The events are open to all members of the NSU community and public.

“Students are really VIPS here, so that’s the ultimate reason that the library itself is here. That’s the reason that we hold these sessions, so we can bring something of value directly to the students. We are a service profession, and this is the student’s library. We want them to think of this as the student’s library. This is their space. This is their resources,” said Amos.

Registration is highly encouraged to ensure a spot in the desired session. Students interested in attending the Power Publishing session can register now at To register for Technology Lightning Rounds visit All sessions are recorded and can be accessed from the library’s website. These sessions can also be attended online, but registration is still required.

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