Your Name and Title: Amy Vecchione, Associate Professor and Head of Experiential Learning and Emerging Technology

Library, School, or Organization Name: Boise State University: Albertsons Library and College of Innovation and Design

Co-Presenter Name(s): Karina Smith

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Boise, Idaho

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Academic Librarians, K-12 Librarians

Short Session Description (one line): Library workers can play an integral part in student success by partnering with campus entities who focus on at-risk and at-promise individuals. 

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): Students struggle for a variety of reasons. School systems are complex areas to navigate, and often times, school success is defined by how well a student can navigate the cultural and societal landscape of a school or university. Makerspaces are well-equipped to work with this population as experiential learning relies on the experiences and knowledge acquired through fixing and making. This offers leadership opportunities for at-risk and at-promise students. By working with these students to help them design library services, and makerspaces, they can improve services for everyone. 

Design thinking workshops empower these students to generate new ways that the university can develop pathways to their success. Through research and targeted workshops, the presenters have used a variety of methods to help these students succeed. The results are long-lasting relationships, a strong community, and fewer students failing or dropping out. 

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session: 

The Wallet Project

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Hi, Amy and Karina! Thanks for submitting.

The committee sent back the following note: "We don't want a session on 'how we created a makerspace.' The presenters need to focus on the process and how design thinking was used - how did they set up and run the design challenge? That should be the focus...if the outcome as a makerspace, Ok, but don't just talk about makerspaces."

I've sent an email - they are hoping you'll respond to the above.



Hi, Amy and Karina! We've accepted this proposal, look for an email from me. Cheers, Steve



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