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.  

 A recorded General Orientation to Smithsonian Libraries: Telework Edition is now available! 

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

  • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. EDT. 
  • Instructor: Baasil Wilder
  • Access: Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID: 931 4353 3099; Passcode: 075503

Orientación a las Bibliotecas Smithsonian para Teletrabajadores (en Español)

Entrenamiento en español para teletrabajo. Las Bibliotecas Smithsonian ofrecen servicios y colecciones que cubren la amplia gama de temas investigados por nuestros museos y centros de investigación. Esta breve orientación de 45 minutos equipa a los participantes con los conceptos básicos para comenzar a acceder y utilizar los recursos y servicios de las Bibliotecas de forma remota. Perfecto para el nuevo personal, pasantes, becarios o cualquier persona que esté teletrabajando y quiera un repaso. No se requiere registro. Versión interactiva en línea con instructor Ricardo Beteta Bond con ayuda de Apolinar Guerrero. Duración de una hora.

  • Fecha: Miércoles, 28 octubre, 9:30 a.m. Panama (10:30 a.m. EDT).
  • Hosts: Ricardo Beteta Bond, Apolinar Guerrero. 
  • Access: Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID:  838 4330 0541; Passcode: 251598 (Access info updated 10/16/20)

Grant Funding: Identifying External Funding Resources for Research, Education & Exhibit Projects 

 Join us for a brief webinar to gain an overview of the various funding databases and search tools available at the Smithsonian that can help you identify potential grant funding from private and government sources.    In addition, we will talk about newly developed resources to support Smithsonian activities related to COVID-19 topics.  

This webinar is a collaboration of Smithsonian Libraries and Archives (SLA), Office of Advancement (OA) and Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP).  If you have questions, contact or

Introduction to Artstor - CANCELLED

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: Tuesday, October 20  *CANCELLED* A rescheduled date will be announced - please check back later.
  • Instructor: Jacqueline Protka
  • Access: Cancelled for October

Introduction to the Biodiversity Heritage Library

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest open access digital libraryfor biodiversity literature and archives. It operates as a worldwide consortium of natural history, botanical, research, andnational libraries working together, digitizing the natural history literature held in their collections and making it freely available. Attend this brief orientation to learn the basics about searching and using the BHL as a tool in your research. No registration required. Duration is one hour.

  • Date: Thursday, October 22, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Panama)
  • Instructor: Polly Lasker
  • Access:  Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID: 985 5850 7245; Passcode: 965732

A recorded Introduction to the Biodiversity Heritage Library is now available!

    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, November 5, 10:30–11:00 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Panama)
    • Instructor: Polly Lasker
    • Access:  Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID: 835 7386 9574; Passcode: 784798

    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: Thursday, November 5, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT  
    • Instructor: Trina Brown
    • Access: Zoom Meeting: ; Meeting ID: 939 5507 6368; Passcode: 718860

    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:Thursday, November 12, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT  
    • Instructor: Trina Brown
    • Access: Zoom Meeting:; Meeting ID: 988 4144 5798; Passcode: 484008

    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.