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ALA webinar: What Is and What’s Next - making assessment and opportunities.


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  • Where are we going?Start off with a hat tip: how is it that making belongs in libraries?Followed by the point: assessment. We’ve begun to scratch the surface: 1) strategic alignment  2) assessment and  3)advocacyMeasurement for measurement’s sake is not worthwhile. Measurement that enables the library to demonstrate its centrality to the mission of the parent organization and stakeholders? Priceless.
  • Like all good things library, making is in direct reaction to the needs of the lib's community. But, making in an academic environment? “Making” and learning are deeply intertwined – in fact the deepest way to learn things.“Constructivist.” Articulated as far back as John Dewey “Sort of the grade-school metaphor of making support in academia is writing.” -- David Feil-Seifer, professor of Computer ScienceIn terms of making as writing, libraries have been all about support of making for a long time now. What about art? Or the kid that draws robots?
  • The type of “kid” that wouldn’t hesitate to turn a galvanized trash can + colander + styrofoam balls into a Dalek costume? (Note “the doctor” – and even a TARDIS… ;-)
  • Assessment 101: we need to strike abalance between “if you can’t measure it, you don’t know anything about it” and
  • The fact that numbers – without the story/context – are void of meaning. =/
  • Effective assessment is all about strategic alignment.Core themes from the university’s mission statement:- Prepare graduates to compete globally- Create new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship and artistry- Improve economic and social developmentWhat does that look like? How will you know that it's happening? What will people experience, and how will they be changed as a result? Ex: poster of students working out a "book report" poster…“Aha!” moments. Deeply engaged – even “passionate” conversations, debates.
  • Let me tell you a story… deeply engaged/dna – learning? Research? Artwork?
  • Image credit, Aequorea victoria inset: Fluorescent Protein, isolated from a variety of squid. Recombined into DNA of other creatures – shared Nobel prize in 2008…
  • Image credit, Aequorea victoria inset: the course of several months, using library resources - including open source modeling programs – crossing boundaries between biology/chemistry/engineering --> produced a 3D-printable model of the protein. Shared with students/faculty alike  instructional enhancement grant: ribosomes, mitochondria, etc.
  • My remix of original “impossible triangle” artwork from to reflect core themes from the mission statement of the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • By one measure, that happened over 1,700 times last year. In the library, with this service alone. Demonstrate centrality to the learning/research/outreach legs of the mission.
  • Cross-disciplinary!
  • Gartner hype cycle. “What we really need to be assessing is what we should be doing next.”Listen to your stakeholders: members of the library. Students/faculty/staff/community…
  • Gartnet hype cycle!
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    • 1. What Is and What’s Next: Making Assessment and Opportunities. Tod Colegrove, Ph.D., MSLIS & Tara Radniecki, MSLIS DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library University of Nevada, Reno
    • 2. Image credit:
    • 3. What is: Makers!
    • 4. Image credit:
    • 5. 1 1 L.S. Schulman (2007). Counting and Recounting: Assessment and the Quest for Accountability. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. Retrieved 3/2014 from
    • 6. Image credit:
    • 7. Image credit: Remix of original “impossible triangle” artwork at
    • 8. not specified 2% public 5% staff 10% faculty 4% student 79% 3D Printing Service: usage by overall customer type (self-reported, 3D print jobs submitted 8/2012 through 8/2013)
    • 9. Service usage by identified academic department (self-reported, 3D print jobs submitted 8/2012 through 8/2013) Natural Resources & Environmental Science 3% Anthropology 5% Art 11% Biochemistry 11% Mechanical Engineering 46% Biomedical Engineering 8% Ag, Biotech, Natural Resources 2% Chemistry 3% Business 3% Economics Electrical Engineering 3% 5%
    • 10. What’s next? Image credit:
    • 11. Additional resources: • Makerspace Playbook, available at • Makespace: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Doorly & Witthoft • How to Measure Anything by D.W. Hubbard
    • 12. Questions? Tod Colegrove – Head of DeLaMare Library – – @pcolegrove Tara Radniecki – Engineering Librarian – – @tmradniecki