Science and Technology

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Saturday, June 29

Learning Labs Ignited!

AFL, Urban Libraries Council, 8:30–10 a.m.

Join us for a lively session of Ignite Talks by teams from the across the country representing the Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums projects, funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services. Teams will give updates on their projects as they plan, design and pilot new interest-driven learning activities and spaces for teens inspired by YOUmedia at the Chicago Public Library. Teams will highlight diverse approaches to collaboration, teen engagement, space design, new staffing models, evaluation and outcomes, and funding strategies. Speaker: Amy Eshleman, Urban Libraries Council

From Seeds to the Stars: Three STEM Storytimes

ALA, 12:30–2 p.m.

This poster will show three storytime experiences with embedded STEM (science, engineering technology, and math) concepts and learning goals. A cohesive storytime plan will show children’s librarians what books and stories to pair with songs and rhythm games to present engaging and innovative science storytimes. Examples from high-quality, nonfiction picture books will be presented alongside rhymes, finger plays, and innovative, open-ended questions that expose young children to science concepts and help children’s librarians build STEM concepts into story programs. In addition to the sample illustrations, there will be photographs of these programs in action and an evaluation checklist librarians can use to embed STEM concepts into existing programs. Speaker: Rachel Fryd, Youth Services Coordinator, Free Library of Philadelphia

Humanities in the Digital Era: Mashing Up Public Programs with MOOCS, Media, and More

ALA, 1–2:30p.m.

Think the Humanities are dead? Think again. Organizations such as the Library as Incubator Project and That Camp are mixing technology, art, and performance with the hero’s journey, attracting new audiences and elevating classical literature to the peak of social status. Hear from Princeton Public Library about how they are using their NEH challenge grant to make the humanities come alive through Sonnet Slams and Revolutionary Readings, and discover how you can reintroduce the humanities to a generation hungry for their timeless message. Moderator: Janie Hermann, Public Programming Librarian, Princeton (N.J.) Public Library. Speakers: Erinn Batykefer and Laura Damon-Moore

Conversation Starters: Idaho Maker Spaces— Engaging Teens with STEM

ALA, 1:30–2:15 p.m.

hought about starting a Maker Space in your library? Idaho has joined the Maker Movement by launching Maker Spaces in five public libraries across the state. The State Library has implemented a pilot project that includes training on tools and technology, leveraging partnerships, involving community, and evaluating outcomes. The results include formal and stealth programming that incorporate engineering, robotics, and other STEM topics to draw teens into these innovative spaces! Come hear what Idaho is doing, what we are learning, and what’s next. There will be time for discussion, questions, and sharing. The pilot project is initially focusing on engaging teens through Maker Spaces, but our goal is that these spaces will be available to the entire community. Speaker: Erica Compton, Project Coordinator, Idaho Commission for Libraries

Connected Kids: Technology Programs to Inspire Creative Exploration

ALA, 2:30–4 p.m.

Learn how technology serves as an important tool to generate new programs that enable children to share stories and create media while in an informal learning environment. These programs give children the opportunity to explore their interests, allowing them to have fun and freely experiment without the boundaries of an assignment. Programs range in complexity from simple—light painting and animated storytelling—to more complex—Scratch and Mindstorms. The success of a program is evident through the registration statistics and patron feedback. Additionally, the paintings, movies, and stories created are all posted on the Barrington Area Library “tech” blog. The participants’ willingness to visit the blog after the program can be quantified through web analytics, thus measuring, in part, the emotional investment and pride they feel for their finished product. Through demonstration and examples, librarians from the Barrington Area Library will share the ideas and techniques that have made their programs successful. Speakers: Alyson Krawczyk and Michael Campagna, Youth Services Librarians, Barrington Area Library

Creating Game-Based Makerspaces

GameRT, 3–4 p.m.

Interested in turning game players into creators? The GameRT will provide you with some great program ideas for libraries to use to help game-loving patrons tap into their creative side. Host Scott Nicholson, from the Because Play Matters game lab at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, will lead a panel of experts focused on different ways of blending games and play with the power of creation and makerspaces. Speaker: Scott Nicholson, Associate Professor, Because Play Matters game lab, Syracuse University School of Information Studies

Beyond Crafts: Digital Literacy and New Media Programs for Students

YALSA, 4:30–6 p.m.

It is important that youth services librarians include new media programs on their calendars next to traditional arts and crafts. This presentation is designed to give them knowledge of twenty-first-century skills and resources as they relate to digital literacy. Projects discussed will include light animation, robotics, sand animation, claymation, and digital photography, among others. Sample budgets and hands on lessons will be included. Presenters: Charles Sutton and Michael Cherry

Sunday, June 30

Creating Out-of-This-World Children’s Science Programming with NASA Materials

PPO, 8:30–10 a.m.

Undertake library tested hands-on science activities and receive NASA space science resources, all developed specifically to enable you to easily infuse them into your programs with children ages eight to thirteen and their families. Hear how the Explore: Life on Mars? module of activities and resources is being used in library programming to transform inexpensive materials—such as craft materials, Play-Doh, and re-purposed soda bottles—into windows to another world! Speaker: Eve Halligan, Education and Public Outreach Specialist, and Keliann LaConte, Informal Education Lead, Lunar and Planetary Institute

Get STEM Connected: Bring Free Education Resources into Your Library Programming

PPO, 1–2:30 p.m.

Many libraries want to introduce STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into their programming to attract new audiences and help stimulate patrons’ interest in science and technology. Representatives from established STEM learning initiatives, including the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), NASA, and other organizations, will offer a variety of tested STEM resources and opportunities libraries can use. Learn new ways to engage in STEM on a national and local level through exhibits, activities, information networks, and collaborations. Join the STAR_Net Community of Practice aimed at creating innovative STEM programs in public libraries across the country. Speaker: Amy Hirotaka, National Girls Collaborative Project; Keliann LaConte, Informal Education Lead, Lunar and Planetary Institute Lisa Curtis, Space Science Institute Paul Dusenbery, Space Science Institute Stephanie Shipp, Manager, Lunar and Planetary Institute; and Susan Brandehoff, American Library Association

Monday, July 1

Ignite Monday Session: Experimental Music at the Library

ALA, 11:30 a.m.–noon

What happens when you bring sound artists, circuit benders and other experimental musicians into a public library and invite them to make lots of noise? Starting last August I decided to find out with a monthly performance series called Experimental Music at the Library. In this brief talk I’ll fill you in on what happened, what I learned, and how a ridiculous idea evolved into a wildly successful series. I’ll also provide tips on developing your own experimental music program (and why you totally should). Moderator: Steve Kemple, Reference Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County.