University of Texas at Arlington


Thinking Beyond the Stacks

March 12, 2019

Since its inception in fall 2016, we have gathered and published lesson plans for 29 unique courses, from 25 faculty members at five different institutions participating in the UTA Libraries’ Maker Literacies program. Each lesson plan is published with a Creative Commons license, making them freely available for instructors around the world to incorporate into their curricula.

The website, along with its curated lesson plans, is one of the primary deliverables for our Maker Competencies and the Undergraduate Curriculum IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries planning grant (LG...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy
March 9, 2019

The UTA Libraries research coach program started in October 2016, with four students. Since that time, we've had between four and twenty students in the role of research coach each semester. Currently, we have seventeen students covering two service points: virtual reference and a physical service desk in our Central Library. Each week, the coaches cover between 250-290 service hours.

As part of the on-going training for the research coaches, we meet weekly to review what is working well and identify areas for improvement. The meetings consist of open discussion for the coaches to...

Tags: experiential learning, research coach
February 8, 2019
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[This is the third in a series of blog posts about our data gathering, processing and analysis methodology.]

Picking up where I left off in my last post, in this post I will explain the process for identifying unreliable responses in the Public Pre-Post Combined Assessment Data FA17-FA18. For the purposes of this post, I am including a revised version of the Excel file, where I have used three criteria to help identify potentially unreliable results: intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC), average absolute deviation (AAD), and survey response durations from both pre- and post-self...

Tags: maker literacy, IMLS, data validation methodology
February 5, 2019

I have learned two major things preparing for this month’s exploration of African American culture. A.) Sneaker culture is a rapidly growing underground movement of artists and art enthusiasts B.) Food, soul food in particular for this month, is blanketed in a rich history that is just as beautiful as the dishes that were created. I have learned about the domination of Chuck Taylors on the court before the introduction of an array of diverse sneakers (Topstar, Puma Clyde and of course the Air Jordan), the phenomenal impact that Michael Jordan had on the industry and black culture, and the...

December 28, 2018

While we still don’t have our final report to the IMLS completed, we have made significant progress. Today we are releasing the finalized list of maker competencies with an explanatory preamble and acknowledgements to those who helped in the final revisions. This is one of the major deliverables for the IMLS work, and much of what is in this document will also go into the final report. Note that not all participating faculty are named in this document, only those who provided substantive feedback specifically regarding the beta list of competencies.

The beta list has been officially...

Tags: IMLS, maker literacy, learning outcomes