Project Overview: 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 all ages. The project will :
Make It at the Library training is held regionally. Up to 45 participating libraries will be selected on a competitive basis. Participating library staff must agree to:
- complete homework assignments prior to trainings
- attend one of the following 2-day regional trainings
- complete end-of-program summary/evaluation by September 30, 2018
- identify an issue or problem within their library and use two or more methods presented in the Design Jam portion of training to help design a solution
- design and implement two or more programs using take-away tech tools
- design two or more improvements to your library or library service using take-away tech tools.
Training locations and times are subject to change depending on the number of applications from each region. Accepted applicants will be notified of changes at least one month in advance of revised training dates and/or locations.
Selected libraries may send up to two library staff members. ICfL will pay for a hotel room for two days, provide lunch and breakfast, and reimburse libraries for additional per diem and mileage. Mileage reimbursed will be based on the distance from the participating library’s address and the nearest training location. A portion of the training will be focused on the use of design thinking and the design cycle to solve problems with a library. Take-away tools include: Cricut Maker and tools, iPad Pro and Apple pencil, littleBits, tegu blocks and more.
Libraries having participated in prior Make It at the Library years are eligible to apply. Libraries consisting of multiple branches or locations are welcome to apply for each of those sites. Please note that unlike prior years, this year’s participation requires no Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
This project is funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the STEM Action Center. Please read ALL sections carefully before submitting your application to ensure that you are able to meet all of the requirements.