June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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“If You Build It Will They Come?: Building a FabLab in the University of Texas @ Arlington Libraries and Building Faculty Partnerships for Its Use”AbstractWith the rapid rate at which technology is impacting the field of librarianship, it has becomecritical for libraries to become more innovative in all areas of their operations: from the wayphysical spaces are envisioned, to the services being offered, and even to our roles as librarians.At the University of Texas @ Arlington Libraries, shortly after a new Dean was hired about twoyears ago, there was talk of library-wide re-organization. Amidst all the discussions andactivities that went into the reorganization process, the UT Arlington libraries’ leadership made astrategic commitment that the libraries would provide transformational learning experiencesthrough Creation, eXploration, and Innovation (CXI – which became the libraries’ hedgehogconcept). As a result of this, the leadership team identified certain goals which were to be theframework through which the libraries were supposed to achieve the hedgehog -- one of whichwas the building of a FabLab in the library. The paper will address the following: why the librarychose to build a “FabLab” and not a “makerspace”, and some of the various activities that wereundertaken to make the beta version of the lab a reality. It will also highlight the efforts made toreach out to faculty, specifically faculty in the College of Engineering, to encourage them tointegrate various hands-on learning activities in their courses, and get them to use the FabLab asa space to apply and reinforce classroom learning. The paper will also discuss the long-termvision for the lab.
Jones, S. (2015, June), If You Build It Will They Come?: Building a FabLab in the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries and Building Faculty Partnerships for Its Use Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24219
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