Idaho Commission for LibrariesAddress: 325 W State St., Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-2150 | In-State Toll Free: (800) 458-3271
Printed from the Idaho Commission for Libraries website: http://libraries.idaho.gov
Make It at the Library: Where Idaho Makers Meet
Project Overview: This is a pilot project implemented in 2012-2013. The project is designed to support the creation of Makerspaces in Idaho libraries and encourage the delivery of library services to digital users “where they live.” The Commission will provide the necessary materials and trainings to implement creative, STEAM-based programming for tweens and teens. The project will encourage the use of new technologies and tools to:
Support access to information and services in new and collaborative ways.
Keep teens and tweens engaged with the emerging trends in information access.
- Introduce the concept of stealth programming as a way to involve tweens and teens in informal programming.
- Year Two Opportunity and Application Information
The Commission is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for libraries to join the second year Make It at the Library project.This Memorandum of Understanding outlines the extensive requirements which libraries will have to agree to complete. Prior to submitting your application for participation in year 2 please do the following:
- Read the entire MOU.
- Discuss the requirements with your Library Director and obtain his/her support.
If you have any questions, call Erica at 208.334.2150 for assistance.
The ICfL is providing five participating libraries with:
- STEM manipulative kits and materials,
- Customized curriculum,
- Intensive training focused on:
- STEAM-based tween/teen programs,
- Stealth (informal) programming, and
- Design Process.
- Technical support, and
- Evaluation/Assessment tools.
Library staff will increase their knowledge of how to use technology commonly used by teens in meaningful and concrete ways. They will learn how to incorporate these technologies and skills into library programming in order to improve, enhance, and increase services to teens. Each participating library will be required to dedicate the staff and space necessary to create a Makerspace to which teens and other patrons will have access. Staff will be required to use this space, materials, and acquired knowledge to engage teens:
- In a minimum of four events in the first six months of the project (January 2013-June 2013), including Teen Tech Week (March 2013) (Check In @ your library)
- An additional four projects in the last six months of the project (July 2013-December 2013)
- In a minimum of three stealth programs in the first six months of the project and three stealth programs in the last six months of the program.
Three of the libraries invited have at least one or more branch libraries. These libraries will have additional requirements in order to demonstrate how to scale the project up within a library system before expanding it to additional libraries.
- Send multiple staff members to each of the face to face trainings.
- Share the resources in the second six month period of the project with one or more of these branches. Sample Memorandum of Understanding
- Project participants demonstrate the ability to create formal programs with the materials and curriculum provided,
- Project participants demonstrate the ability to create informal or “stealth” programming that tweens/teens can work on independently within the Makerspace,
- Tween/teens identify the library as a place to develop STEAM skills individually or in groups, including use of the Makerspace.
- By the end of the one year pilot project each participating library will:
- Designate a space within the library as a Maker Space,
- Attend six (6) days of face to face trainings,
- Attend three to five virtual trainings and check-ins,
- Receive STEM Materials, including:
- PCS BrickLab® Survey Kit,
- PCS DiscoverE! ® Engineering Kits,
- PCS Carnival Ride® Summer Camp Kits,
- PCS Robotics® Education Value Pack,
- MendleMax 1.5 3D Printers,
- Electronics tools, materials, supplies, and
- Additional educational materials as deemed appropriate and relevant to the project.
- Create, implement, and submit eight teen projects/events using the STEAM materials and curriculum,
- Create, implement, and submit at least six “stealth” programs to be implemented in the Makerspace at the library
- Utilize evaluation tools and anecdotal information to gather data on:
- number of teens participating in project events,
- interest in STEAM programming,
- efficacy of STEAM programming in the library,
- increase in knowledge of program topic areas,
- best practices to improve, expand, and/or increase programming for teens in the Makerspace
- Complete all of the MOU requirements (It will be explicitly stated that if a library does not complete the requirements, they will be responsible for returning all materials to ICfL at their own expense.)
- 60% of libraries completing the MOU requirements plan additional STEAM programs (either formal or informal) during year one of the project.
- 66% (2 of 3) of libraries with branches plan or hold a STEAM program in one of the branches during the last six months of the project.
- 60% of libraries completing the MOU requirements report successful informal (stealth) programming.
- 50% of libraries report an increased understanding of, and interest in supporting Makerspaces.
- 75% of teens surveyed report they would participate in another STEAM program.
- 70% of teens surveyed report an increased interest in pursuing STEAM careers or fields of study.
- Pilot Libraries chosen: December 15, 2012
- Introductory Webinar: January 2013 Agenda;Powerpoint
- Training One: February 11-12, 2013 Agenda;Powerpoint
- Webinar Two: April 23, 2013 Agenda
- Training Two: May 20-21, 2013 Agenda
- Webinar Three: September 2013
- Training Three: November 6-8, 2013
- Other webinars will be held to support and provide additional training as needed
- Idaho Supplied Examples
- Evaluation Tools
- Ada Community Library
- Community Library Network
- Action Plan
- Diagram and Photos
- Activities and Events
- Gooding Public Library
- Action Plan
- Diagram and Photos
- Activities and Events
- Meridian District Library
- Snake River School Community Library
- Success Stories
- Challenges and Barriers
- Outreach and promotion
- Makerspace Resources