June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
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Arduinos, MakeyMakey, and the Maker Movement Strategies for Training, Managing, and Organizing New Technologies in Libraries Over the past year, SparkFun Electronics has partnered with the [University] Libraries to investigate the feasibility and logistics of libraries providing access to SparkFun Arduino Kits, MakeyMakey’s, and other technologies to their users as part of the growing movement of makerspaces in libraries. The library system at [University] has piloted a number of programs to provide these technologies available for checkout. They have been tracking usage, attitudes, and user feedback to identify ways to improve and streamline this system. Presently, there are 20 SparkFun Inventor’s Kits and 7 MaKey MaKey Educational kits available for checkout at the Alpha1 and Alpha2 on campus at [University]. In addition, the library has integrated a number of handson workshops, trainings, and hackathons in their space. The successes of each of these events is tracked by number of visits and average time spent in the library spaces. This study has extended to include investigating activities around making in libraries, library makerspaces and the role of SparkFun materials in an undergraduate and graduate university curriculum. We will present the outcomes of these new initiatives at [University] including: the current Technology Lending program, maker events, workshops, and ongoing collaborations with faculty. Some of the faculty collaborations have included developing new assignments around Maker electronics, such as a video assignment with MaKey MaKey for a Communications & Technology course. The Libraries have integrated activities around using paper circuits, eTextiles, and eCrafting to provide a study break during the final exam weeks last year. In addition, this past semester semester, [University] led two open “Introduction to Arduino & MaKey MaKey” workshops for our community that were very wellattended, as well as two specialized workshops on Arduino using the Inventor’s Kit for [XXCamp], a humanities and technology unconference at Hunt Library. The launch of the D.H. Hill Library Makerspace is the second space at [University] for students to build, tinker, relax, and study. This new space, building on our popular makerspace opened in the Hunt Library in January 2013, is a centrallylocated, openaccess space for all [University] students, faculty, and staff to get handson experience with tools such as microcontrollers, other creative electronics, 3D printing, and laser cutting while collaborating across disciplines in a welcoming and fun environment. Our goal is to document best practices for library makerspaces.
Rogers, A., & Leduc-Mills, B., & O'Connell, B. C., & Huang, B. (2015, June), Lending a Hand: Supporting the Maker Movement in Academic Libraries Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24418
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