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I am happy to announce that we have successfully chosen our partners for the IMLS grant-funded Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum pilot study. It was a lengthy process, and a hard choice given the amazing selection of academic library makerspaces that we had to consider, each of which had some unique quality that made them stand out from the others.

Lucky for us, we had enough left over from our travel funds to invite a fifth partner, making six total universities that will be participating in this exciting pilot program in the spring semester.

Tara Radniecki...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, makerspaces, experiential learning
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Congratulations to The Common Pheasants, winners of the November 16, 2017 Pitch of the Week (POW!) Preliminary Challenge. Team members include Hailey Phillips, a freshman Biology major who minors in Biochemistry, Mehul Jain, a junior Computer Science major who minors in Mathematics, Sameer Ingavale, a senior Business Management major who minors in Entrepreneurship, and Rahul Dwivedi, a sophomore Mathematics major who minors in Business. This week’s randomly drawn prompt was comprised of child care, scanner and bricks. The Common Pheasants pitched IMPRINT, a system for automatically calling...

Tags: POW!, experiential learning
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Congratulations to The Fearless Scarecrows, winners of the November 9, 2017 Pitch of the Week (POW!) Preliminary Challenge. Team members include Divyanshu Sharma, a junior Computer Science major who minors in Mathematics, Whitney Adindu, a sophomore Nursing major, and Subrat Parajuli, a sophomore Electrical Engineering major who minors in Sustainable Engineering. This week’s randomly drawn prompt was comprised of Dance, Arduino and glass shards. The Fearless Scarecrows pitched their Automated Dance Academy. The Fearless Scarecrows will advance to the final round of POW! to be held on...

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Congratulations to The Leaf Peepers, winners of the November 2, 2017 Pitch of the Week (POW!) Preliminary Challenge. Team members include Cam Nguyen, a senior Computer Science major, Clarissa Osagie, a junior Biochemistry/Biology double major who minors in Creative Writing, and Nathan Sundquist, a senior Economics major who minors in Business Administration. This week’s randomly drawn prompt was comprised of beer brewing, vacuum molding machine and sticky notes. The Leaf Peepers pitched a system for custom designed vacuum molded beer bottles and kegs, using sticky notes as an easy to learn...

Tags: POW!, experiential learning
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Morgan Chivers and I each gave presentations during Library 2.017: Makerspaces online mini-conference. Morgan's presentation, "Walking the Walk: Iterative Design in Student Staff Service Learning Projects," was about student-led service learning projects for the UTA FabLab. My presentation, "Competencies-based Course Integration of Academic Library Makerspaces," was about the Maker Literacies Program here at UTA Libraries. Please accept my apologies for failing to hit my record button until a few minutes into the presentation. You can download my slides to see the couple that were missing...

Tags: Library 2.017, maker literacy, makerspaces, experiential learning