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Over the last year I've been busy with our Maker Literacies IMLS-funded pilot program Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum and unfortunately have had little time to post to our blog. Now that we've come to the end of the pilot, I truly plan to remedy this with exciting new content!

The grant team will be spending the summer conducting our analysis and writing our report to the IMLS. I've got some preliminary analysis to share in this post, and will post more over the summer as our results begin to gel. By the end of September 2018 we will have launched an official...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, experiential learning

A team from UTA Libraries is leading a pilot study comprised of six library makerspaces from across the country to investigate the effectiveness of early-stage maker-based competencies in undergraduate learning, stemming from work developed by a UTA Libraries task force. The Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum project is funded by a $49,800 National Leadership Grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Go to UTA News to read the full press release.

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, makerspaces

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

We’ve been very busy with the usual beginning-of-the-semester rush, in addition to planning our grant work. I’m taking a quick moment over the Labor Day weekend to post an update about the partnership selection process.

We’ve narrowed our list of potential partners to five, and will make our first site visit on Monday, Sept. 11. We hope to conclude site visits in early October. From those five site visits, we will select three partners, and expect to announce our partners by the end of October here on the Thinking Outside the Stacks blog and other UTA news outlets.


Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, experiential learning, makerspaces

My team has been awarded a $50k IMLS grant to expand and test our maker literacies program at other universities! Over the summer we will be identifying our program partners. We'll specifically be looking for other academic library makerspaces with strong faculty relations in order to pilot this exciting program in their undergraduate courses. UN-Reno is already a partner (Tara Radniecki at UNR helped with the grant proposal), and we'll be seeking three more for a total of five Universities.

Here is the full press release on the UTA Website.


Tags: maker literacy, makerspaces, experiential learning, IMLS