When I came into graduate school for Library and Information Studies, I must admit that part of my imagination played to the stereotypes our society holds about librarians. I could envision myself emerging from grad school with an MLIS, clad in a stiff cardigan, thick tortoise-shell glasses and a stern grimace. Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, but nonetheless, I was underprepared for some of the treasures the LIS world holds.
One of those jewels is that librarians are given the opportunity every day to be the antithesis to the tried and true notions of the ever-shushing bookworm. Rather than relegating themselves to the stacks, desperately clutching crumbling books, most of the librarians I have encountered have embraced and are at the forefront of emerging technology. It’s in the academic library that you find some of the latest technology on campus. Such it is with the project I have the pleasure of working with for the Fall 2014 semester.
I will be working as a student assistant/intern with the Mobile Makerspace team in Jackson Library. The Mobile Makerspace team was awarded an LSTA grant to bring some of the latest “maker” technology to academic departments on the UNCG campus, particularly to its LIS students. Who better to know and understand what kind of amazing tools exist for libraries than future librarians? Making and makerspaces are redefining what we think of as libraries and it’s exciting to get to witness this firsthand.
I intend to log my thoughts, feelings, questions, and general observations as a student, intern, future librarian, and patron during the semester. I’m looking forward to the learning experience!
Making fosters character- building traits collectively known as grit, including creativity, curiosity, open-mindedness, persistence, social responsibility, and teamwork, among others. -- Makerspace Playbook, pg. 3