Making Maker Literacies: Competencies-based Course Integration of Academic Library Makerspaces

Your Name and Title: Martin Wallace, Maker Literacies Librarian

Library, School, or Organization Name: University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Co-Presenter Name(s): Katie Musick Peery, UTA FabLab Director, and Morgan Chivers, UTA FabLab Technician

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Arlington, TX, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Librarians, Higher Education Faculty, and Administrators who are interested in integrating undergraduate courses into their makerspaces

Short Session Description (one line): Redesigning undergraduate courses to take advantage of academic library makerspaces

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): The presenters will introduce UT Arlington Libraries’ Maker Literacies Program and the Maker Literacies Task Force. The Task Force is charged with drafting a set of assessable maker-based student learning outcomes, identifying potential courses for integrating into the Maker Literacies Program, and assisting faculty with maker-based curriculum development. To date we have piloted nine courses including three from English, two from Industrial Engineering, and one each from Art Education, Computer Science, Science Education and Studio Art. We will summarize the outcomes from some of these courses and demonstrate how Librarians may develop similar programs at their libraries and makerspaces. We will discuss how this work has garnered UT Arlington Libraries an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant for Libraries (NLG) award to formally expand and test our program at other academic library makerspaces around the country. This planning grant, in the amount of $50,000, will help us identify program partners, visit their institutions to meet with makerspace staff, librarians and subject faculty, and pilot the Maker Literacies Program in two courses at each institution in spring 2018.

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We love this proposal, but because we have received two from UTA we're holding off on accepting this one until we're sure we have room. Really hoping we do!



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