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Thinking Beyond the Stacks

One of the things that my team is tasked with developing is a set of maker-based competencies that can be mapped to course learning outcomes. Since I have little experience in making, but a lot of experience with the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, I've decided to try to come up with something along those lines... something I'll temporarily call Maker Literacy Competency Standards.

Today I tried re-writing the Information Literacy Standards to create some rudimentary draft of maker literacy competency standards, and found that it just doesn’t...

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When the concept of “maker literacy” first came to my attention, it was shortly after I began my new job, which just so happened to be right on the heels of a major department reorganization. My new department would now be known as the UTA Libraries Department of Experiential Learning and Undergraduate Research. We also got our fancy new titles, mine being the “Maker Literacies and Engineering Liaison Librarian”. All I knew up to this point was that I would be the library’s liaison to the College of Engineering and my job would have something to do with the UTA Library FabLab. Suddenly,...

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