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Thinking Beyond the Stacks

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On Saturday, November 19th, Morgan Chivers and I presented to the 2016 Library Information Technology Association (LITA) Forum in Fort Worth!

Morgan and I want to thank LITA for accepting our proposal to present at their conference. Our session was very well attended and gave us a platform to talk about our vision of "Maker Literacies" and outline the UTA Libraries Maker Literacies Task Force's efforts to create a Maker Literacies Program at UT Arlington. Our presentation covered the goals of the Task Force, the work we've done so far, lessons learned, challenges faced, and...

Tags: lita, maker literacy, makerspaces, IMLS

It took me hours to figure out a schedule for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate Conference coming up next week in Orlando. This is without a doubt the most daunting and frustrating conference schedule I’ve ever seen. They are cramming in way too many concurrent sessions making it impossible to attend all the sessions that I want. For example, there are over 40 concurrent session on the 16th between 12:00-12:45! Four of those are sessions that I would love to be able to attend, but I can only chose one. I am exasperated by the idea that they are providing over 540 sessions in...

Tags: Online Learning Consortium, maker literacy

We have started a peer-to-peer research service where students are trained to provide assistance to other students for help with their research projects and course assignments. The Research Coaches help students develop topics, create search strategies, find relevant resources, and use proper citation. The Coaches are highly-motivated and experienced students that show an interest in research and in helping other students be successful in their academic careers.

The UTA Library went through a significant reorganization a few years ago and as part of those changes the reference desk...

Tags: research, research coach

I had the opportunity to attend ACRL’s week-long Immersion Teacher Track this past July in Burlington, Vermont.  According to their website, “Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing, or extending their individual instruction.  Curriculum includes teaching techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy.” 

Although this was a super intense week, we had class or activities planned from 8am – 8pm, I found it so beneficial.  While I feel l have a strong understanding...

Tags: experiential learning, learning theory

Exciting news... The Maker Literacies Task Force has been noticed by UTA Provost Linda Johnsrud!   In conversations with Provost Johnsrud, the Libraries Dean Rebecca Bichel discussed the work of the Maker Literacies Task Force. The Provost was excited to hear about the work the Task Force has been doing and would like to promote our initiative as examples of experiential learning at UT Arlington in conjunction with UTA’s QEP initiatives. Provost Johnsrud asked for a brief synopsis of the courses and activities we would be testing in the fall. My supervisor and I worked together on the...

Tags: maker literacy, experiential learning