University of Texas at Arlington


Thinking Beyond the Stacks

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On March 23, I participated on a panel discussion at the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 2017 Conference in Baltimore, MD. The panel was titled "Casting a Wide Net: The Library’s Role in Transforming Partnerships Across Campus" and included four panelists all discussing innovative faculty-librarian collaborations on their campuses. My portion was about the Maker Literacies Task Force and our work with subject faculty at UTA in the Maker Literacies pilot program. ACRL has made our slides with audio available through March 2018 (and I hope they decide to leave them up...

Tags: maker literacy, ACRL, partnerships
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Congratulations to The Almost Invisible Cows, winners of the April 5, 2017 Pitch of the Week (POW!) Preliminary Challenge. Team members include Suehyun Lee, a sophomore Nursing major who minors in Leadership, Reece Walker, a senior Public Relations major who minors in Advertising, and Cyril Lutterodt, a Psychology and Computer Science double major. Their pitch was for Liquid Latex Clothing that can be custom designed and printed from a video game interface. The Almost Invisible Cows will advance to the final round of POW! to be held on  Wednesday April 26 from noon-1:00 in the UTA FabLab....

Tags: POW!, experiential learning
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In April, UTA Libraries will host a game-show-style pitch contest called POW! (Pitch of the Week!).

We seek undergraduate students from all subject disciplines to compete. Every contestant will get a $10 gift card, and winners of the final round will upgrade to a $50 gift card. Gift card options include, MakerShed, Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels, and UTA printing funds.

No special knowledge or skills are required. Contestants will be placed in teams and given a random prompt. Teams will have 20 minutes to brainstorm an idea for an invention, a product, a service,...

Tags: experiential learning, POW!
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In Fall 2016, UT Arlington Libraries began a pilot program with faculty across campus to integrate the UTA FabLab and “maker literacies” into course curricula. We continue in Spring 2017 with five additional courses added to the pilot: Dr. Amanda Alexander’s Technology in Art Education (ART 4365), Dr. Christoph Csallner’s Object-Oriented Software Engineering (CSE 3311), Dr. David Sparks’ Multiple Teaching Practices in Mathematics and Science (EDUC 4333), Dr....

Tags: maker literacy, experiential learning
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The ELD e-forum is organized by the Mentoring Committee of the American Society for Engineering Education's Engineering Libraries Division (ELD). The e-Forum is a moderated, online discussion of topics of interest to engineering librarians. In this first e-Forum in the series, I moderated on the topic of Academic Library Makerspaces. As the moderator, I crafted a series of questions to stimulate and guide the discussion. I posed questions about academic library makerspace policies and outreach, and since I have particular interest in how makerspaces are being used in undergraduate...

Tags: makerspaces, ELD