Makerspace Practicum / Independent Study - 2014-15
For the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters I worked with a three-person team at UNCG's Jackson Library - Beth Filar-Williams (distance education librarian), Brown Biggers (server administrator), and Michelle Folkman (graduate student/curriculum coordinator) - on a project funded by an LSTA grant through the North Carolina State Library. The goals of the grant were to provide makerspace training to Library & Information Studies students and collaborations with other departments on UNCG's campus. These goals were primarily accomplished by the team using a mobile makerspace (3D printer, Arduino circuitry kits, etc.) during online and in-person workshops at various locations on and off campus throughout the semester.
As a practicum/independent study student, one of my primary duties was to assist the team with their outreach activities to LIS and other academic departments. During the fall semester, I served as student liaison to academic departments on campus (anthropology), designed and constructed assessment tools using Qualtrics, wrote a proposal for a poster presentation, participated in virtual and in-person makerspace workshops, and co-presented with the team at the North Carolina Library Association's (NCLA) College & University Section (CUS) mini-conference.
Our activities continued in the spring with several conference activities. I traveled to Chicago with Michelle to present the above-mentioned Making Makers poster about our activities at the 2015 annual ALISE (Association of Library & Information Studies Educators) conference and enjoyed my first REAL slice of Chicago deep-dish pizza during a surprisingly mild January week. I continued my role as the graduate student representative on the planning committee for the first ever AcadeMAKE conference, as well as maintaining the conference's website and again co-presenting the Making Makers poster. I spent the remainder of the semester analyzing results from our pre- and post-assessments and preparing a report. I also made it onto Jackson Library's blog! See the February 2015 blog post here. And finally, to wrap up the grant activities, Michelle and I will be presenting the poster at the Metrolina Library Association Conference in June. Hope to see you there!
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Independent Study Fall Journal
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