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Implementing a Cuture of Creativity

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presentation from the panel Do It, Make it...ARLIS/VRA joint conference March 2016. Seattle, Washington

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Implementing a Cuture of Creativity

  1. 1. IMPLEMENTING A CULTURE OF CREATIVITY MEGAN LOTTS, ART LIBRARIAN, RUTGERS THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION • My research is about: Outreach, Engagement, Making, Creativity & Innovation in Academic Libraries. • Creativity & making can stimulate broader conversations among patrons and Library employees about the value of libraries. • Making spaces can be scholarly, fun, affordable, and a new way to engage w/patrons, as well as, connect to communities. • I’m trained as a painter & installation artist & I spent many hours in college, working in academic libraries. @MCLotts
  3. 3. HISTORY OF MAKING- HTTP://WWW.AMERICANLIBRARIESMAGAZINE.ORG/ARTICLE/MANUFACTURING-MAKERSPACES • 1873- Gowanda, NY The Gowanda Ladies Social Society formed to quilt, knit, sew, socialist, and talk about books. In 1877, it became the Ladies Library Association, receiving state library charter in 1900 as the Gowanda Free Library. • 1960- Nebraska Library Commission Funded for FY1960 by the Library Services Act of 1956, the Nebraska Library Commission (then known as the Nebraska Public Library Commission) in Lincoln hosted a variety of special activities, including creative arts, that were organized by area groups. • 2011- Fayetteville (N>Y>) Free Library Makerspace the first 21st century makerspace opened in the Fayevetteville Free Library. It was the first of its kind in a public library and includes a 3D printer that works in a mobile capacity. @MCLotts
  4. 4. MAKERSPACES Editorial Board Thoughts: Libraries as Makerspaces? By Tod Coegrove (U of Nevada) ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.php/ital/article/.../3793/pdf • “making as a gateway to deepen engagement in science and engineering but also art and design. Makerspaces share some aspects of the shop class, home economics class, the art of studio and science lab.” Makerspaces Move into Academic Libraries by Erin Fisher- 2012 http://acrl.ala.org/techconnect/?p=2340 • “The academic landscape is shifting from a traditional teaching culture to a learning culture. A teaching culture consists of an expert transferring knowledge to student, whereas a learning culture utilizes active learning techniques” @MCLotts
  5. 5. POP UP MAKING SPACES • Low cost. • Easy to put up, take down, & store. • Foster creativity & critical thinking skills (these skills are applicable to scholarly research). • Create spontaneous community. • Encourage cross- disciplinary collaboration. @MCLotts
  6. 6. HOLIDAY CARD MAKER SPACE KILMER & ALEXANDER LIBRARY- RUTGERS • All materials used to make were donated by RUL faculty & staff. • AUL of reference & instruction donated stamps & cookies. • RUL Administrative staff made coffee with in house supplies. • 2 banquet tables & chairs. • In the future more cookies, less stamps. @MCLotts
  7. 7. HOLIDAY CARD MAKER SPACE ALEXANDER LIBRARY- RUTGERS @MCLotts
  8. 8. HOLIDAY CARD MAKER SPACE KILMER LIBRARY- RUTGERS @MCLotts
  9. 9. EDIBLE BOOKS SIUC & RUTGERS • Founded in 1999 by Beatrice Coron & Judith Hoffberg. • Categories: Puniest, Most Edible, Least Edible, Public Choice, Best Book Structure, & Best in Show. • Guest judges & cross disciplinary collaboration w/ course from Mason Gross Visual Arts Department. • Sponsors & Prizes. @MCLotts
  10. 10. EDIBLE BOOKS SIUC & RUTGERS @MCLotts
  11. 11. EDIBLE BOOKS SIUC & RUTGERS @MCLotts
  12. 12. POLYNOMIOGRAPHY ART LIBRARY- RUTGERS • Cross-Disciplinary collaboration w/ Bahman Kalantari. • Borrowed the laptops from RUL Administrative & Art Library laptops. • Software created by Bahman Kalatari. • Student Volunteers. • Engaged individuals of all ages. • No fiscal cost, excluding time. • Art Library Intern curated an exhibit titled Natural Beauty: Art in Math and Science.
  13. 13. POLYNOMIOGRAPHY LIBRARY OF SCIENCE & MEDICINE (LSM)- RUTGERS @MCLotts
  14. 14. POLYNOMIOGRAPHY ART LIBRARY- RUTGERS
  15. 15. RUTGERS ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION HOW IT ALL BEGAN • I2C2 conference in Manchester, UK. • LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® . http://www.seriousplay.com/ • Participants built models about work existence and the challenges faced in everyday work lives in libraries. • Began thinking about how I could get my hands on A LOT of Legos. @MCLotts
  16. 16. LEGO WORKSHOPS RUL FACULTY & STAFF • Team building & hands-on learning. • Opportunity to think about library resources & spaces. @MCLotts
  17. 17. INSTALLATION • Installed in August 2014. • Used existing table & chairs. • Created signage, “take pics not Legos”. • Comment box w/ paper & pen. • All Legos were upcycled for project. @MCLotts
  18. 18. PRESS Check out Rutgers Today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZHhlwoy9Yc @MCLotts
  19. 19. BLOCK PARTY Scarlet Knight Days- models created by library faculty, library staff, graduate students, and undergrads. @MCLotts
  20. 20. LEGO CHARACTER CONTEST @MCLotts
  21. 21. CREATE YOUR OWN LEGO LIBRARY Mason Gross Printmaking class. @MCLotts
  22. 22. RU LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DEPT. EDA COURSE 100-1ST YEAR L.A. STUDENTS @MCLotts
  23. 23. SAS HONORS COLLOQUIUM SECTION 10 “Thank you so much! My partner and I were playing with the legos for at least two hours. I even snapchatted my lego model to all my friends.” @MCLotts
  24. 24. ACADEMIC COACHES RUTGERS LEARNING CENTERS January 2015- team building Lego workshop w/ 6 Academic Coaches for an introduction to the library & information literacy skills. @MCLotts
  25. 25. RU LIBRARY FACULTY & STAFF SPRING STRESSBUSTING LEGO PLAY @MCLotts
  26. 26. NEW JERSEY’S FIRST ANNUAL MAKER DAY BLOCK PARTY AT RUTGERS ART LIBRARY @MCLotts
  27. 27. LEGO WORKSHOP CAMDEN STUDENT CENTER 28 STUDENT EMPLOYEES. @MCLotts
  28. 28. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  29. 29. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  30. 30. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  31. 31. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  32. 32. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  33. 33. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  34. 34. #LEGOMAKE TOUR @MCLotts • 6 week tour by car w/100 lbs of Legos • Visited 20 Academic Libraries in 7 states facilitating Lego workshops that foster creative & critical thinking skills, as well as encouraging team work. • Worked with 240 Individuals
  35. 35. ASSESSMENT OF POP UP MAKING EVENTS • Documentation- Analyze the images. • Surveys. • Monitor & count social media. • Observation & stories. • Counting reference questions. • Rutgers formed the Events Assessment Task Force @MCLotts
  36. 36. HOW CAN YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN… • You don’t need a lot money to create a Makerspace, crowdsource materials. • Marketing & Outreach. • Cross-disciplinary collaboration is good. • Incentives can help. @MCLotts
  37. 37. CONCLUSION: WHY MAKING IS THIS IMPORTANT • We are more likely to learn or come back when we are having FUN! • Creativity, making, & engagement helps build critical thinking skills & these are skills that are applicable to library research. • Creativity, making, and engagement creates community. • Making with others can be inspiring. • All people have a voice & want to be heard. • There’s a lots of ways to make or create scholarship. @MCLotts
  38. 38. QUESTIONS @MCLotts Megan Lotts, MFA, M.L.I.S Art Librarian Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (848)932-7189 megan.lotts@rutgers.edu www.meganlotts.com link to work in RUcore http://soar.libraries.rutgers.edu/bib/Megan_Lotts/ like the Rutgers Art Library facebook page www.facebook.com/rutgersartlibrary

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