Training Opportunities

The Smithsonian Libraries offers services and collections covering the breadth of topics investigated by our museums and research centers. Library staff offer trainings and workshops for the SI community to support the use of and access to our resources. 

Below is our list of currently available live and recorded trainings. We would be happy to schedule additional training for you or your group on these and other library/research topics. Please send a request to outlining your training needs and Library staff will contact you.

Orientation to the Smithsonian Libraries for Teleworkers

This brief orientation equips participants with the basics to get started accessing and using the Smithsonian Libraries resources and services remotely. Perfect for new staff, interns, fellows, or anyone who is teleworking and wants a refresher.  No registration required.  

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A recorded General Orientation to Smithsonian Libraries: Telework Edition is also available. 

Upcoming interactive, online orientations with live instructor with Q&A time, 30 minutes in duration:  

  • Date: Wednesday, January 6, 10:00 a.m. ET. Instructor: Alexandra Reigle. Access: Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID: 829 2999 8814; Passcode: 685259
  • Date: Wednesday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. ET. Instructor: Baasil Wilder. Access: Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID: 828 7893 5401; Passcode: 906473

Zotero Part 1: Getting Started

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use program to help you collect, manage, and cite research sources. This training will show you how to set up your Zotero account, start saving items to your Zotero library, and use tools to add citations to your own documents. Suitable for all staff, fellows, and interns.  No registration required.

  • Date: Tuesday, January 5, 10:00–11:00 a.m. ET  
  • Instructor: Trina Brown
  • Access: Zoom Meeting: ; Meeting ID:  845 2947 4862; Passcode:  608265

Zotero Part 2: Tips & Tricks

If you already use the free citation manager Zotero, but you’re looking for ways to use it more effectively, this training is for you! We will cover topics like advanced saving and citing, connecting citations to files saved in Dropbox or OneDrive, and creating group libraries to collaborate with colleagues, along with time for Q&A. Recommended: Attend Zotero Part 1: Getting Started or have some experience using Zotero before attending this training.  No registration required.

  • Date:  Tuesday, January 12, 10:00–11:00 a.m. ET  
  • Instructor: Trina Brown
  • Access: Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID:  819 9076 0927;  Passcode:  519714

Pivot Grants/Funding Database Training

A review and live demo of how to discover, save, and manage grant / funding opportunities from hundreds of organizations through the Pivot database (

  • Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2:00 p.m. ET
  • Instructor: Robert Laurie, Pivot Customer Success Manager
  • Access: Teams Meeting:

Can’t attend this training? Learn from this recording of Pivot’s June 2020 demonstration for the Smithsonian community:

Introduction to Artstor

The Libraries provides access to Artstor, the most extensive image resource for educational and scholarly use which brings together media from the world’s museums, archives, scholars, and artists. Thisorientation introduces users to the platform, its content, and possibilities for use. Suitable for all staff, fellows, and interns.

  • Date: Thursday, January 14, 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET  
  • Instructor: Jacqueline Protka
  • Access: Zoom Meeting: ; Meeting ID: 847 0338 9102; Passcode: 371335

Pivot Grants/Funding Database for Labs and Departments: Pivot Administrator’s Dashboard

Pivot’s powerful Administrator’s Dashboard makes it simple for one person to coordinate grant searches for a team, lab, or department. Customization features allow Pivot Administrators to add internal deadlines, add notes to funding opportunities, create curated lists of funding for specific topics, and alert a team with custom announcements.

This Pivot Administrator's Dashboard webinar will cover:  basic admin account features, institutional branding, creating newsletters for your group, creating public groups, embedded searches, curated lists, and Pivot reports.

  • Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2:00 p.m. ET 
  • Instructor: Robert Laurie, Pivot Customer Success Manager
  • Access: Teams Meeting:

Orientation to the Science Libraries

This fast-paced orientation focuses on getting started using the online and print science collections available through the Libraries. Perfect for new staff, interns, fellows, or anyone wanting a refresher. No registration required.

  • Date: Thursday, January 21, 2:00–2:30 p.m. ET/Panama
  • Instructor: Sue Zwicker
  • Access: Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID: 811 4228 2683; Passcode: science

Adding Content to Smithsonian Research Online (Recorded)

This short video provides information on how to add researcher content and publications to Smithsonian Research Online and how to create an ORCID ID. Please contact if you have any questions.

Altmetric Explorer (Recorded)

Altmetric Explorer for Institutions is a web-based platform that enables users to search, monitor, and measure conversations surrounding the research outputs of authors, research groups/departments, and institutions. In this 1 hour training, you’ll learn: the basics of altmetrics, how to search the Altmetric Explorer database, and how to use these metrics to communicate the broad impact of your work. The Altmetric Explorer training was held on May 20th, 2020, but a recording of that training is available below:

Pivot Grants/Funding Database (Recorded)

This recording of a June 2020 demonstration of the powerful Pivot grants database shows how to discover, save, and manage grant / funding opportunities from hundreds of organizations.

Smithsonian Collections Search Center (Recorded)

The Smithsonian Collections Search Center is a freely accessible online catalog containing many major collections from our museums, archives, libraries, and research units. It is regularly updated as records are being added and revised. This recorded training explains how to effectively search this robust catalog to find objects, images and records from across the Institution. 

Smithsonian Map Collections Database (Recorded)

Smithsonian Map Collections is an online database identifying more than 43,000 of these maps, which date from the 1820s to the present. Currently the database is only available to Smithsonian staff with network access, and not to the public. For remote access to the database, go to the SI Telework webpage and enter the URL in the box in the upper left corner. If you are on the Smithsonian network, you can reach the database from the Smithsonian Libraries’ Research Tools A-Z list.

Other Training Opportunities: Get a Deeper Understanding of Scholarly Databases  

Go deeper in understanding the content and searching of Libraries' databases.  This is a sampling of training available from our vendors. Look for “Learning” or “Help” sections on databases listed on the Libraries' A-Z List of e-Journals & Databases.