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Teaching Information Literacy Skills Using Creative Play: the Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station

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In September of 2014 the Rutgers University Art Library implemented a Lego® playing station to help stimulate creativity and innovation within the library, as well as a new way to connect with Design students. The author will discuss a collaborative project with 100 freshmen from the Department of Landscape Architecture who experienced the Lego Playing Station as a means to stretch their design skills and to learn more about the libraries and Information Literacy.

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Teaching Information Literacy Skills Using Creative Play: the Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station

  1. 1. TEACHING INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS USING CREATIVE PLAY: THE RUTGERS ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION MEGAN LOTTS, ART LIBRARIAN RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY @MCLotts
  2. 2. ABSTRACT In September of 2014 the Rutgers University Art Library implemented a Lego® playing station to help stimulate creativity and innovation within the library, as well as a new way to connect with Design students. The author will discuss a collaborative project with 100 freshmen from the Department of Landscape Architecture who experienced the Lego Playing Station as a means to stretch their design skills and to learn more about the libraries and Information Literacy. @MCLotts
  3. 3. HOW THIS ALL BEGAN… THE I2C2 CONFERENCE IN MANCHESTER, UK • LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® http://www.seriousplay.com/ • This workshop involved participants building models about their work existence and the challenges we face as we seek to make our library services more innovative @MCLotts
  4. 4. IMPLEMENTATION • Installed in August 2014 • Used existing table in Art Library • Created signage • All Legos were upcycled for project @MCLotts
  5. 5. PRESS Check out Rutgers Today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZHhlwoy9Yc @MCLotts
  6. 6. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE EDA COURSE @MCLotts
  7. 7. MAKING CONNECTIONS • I was looking for ways to connect with Mason Gross Visual Artists & Landscape Architecture (LA) Dept. • Contacted Laura Lawson, Chair of LA, to discuss the Art Library Lego Playing Station and how we might collaborate.
  8. 8. HOW IT HAPPENED • 30 min lecture including a conceptual overview of the physical space of the Art Library, the kinds of resources available in the Rutgers University Libraries, a brief intro to the Art Library Research Guide, an intro to the Art Library Lego Playing Station, and how to contact me, their library liaison, to seek research assistance. • Following the lecture Dr. Lawson introduced the assignment “Exercise 2: Public Landscape Analysis: Traces, Behavior Analysis, Mapping, and Imagining. This included visiting the Art Library and building a model at the Art Library Lego Playing Station.
  9. 9. • Way to connect with Landscape Architecture Freshman. • Gets Landscape Architecture students into the Art Library which is on a different campus than their studios. • Working with Faculty, Students, and Staff in Landscape Architecture helps me better understand the needs of their department. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT
  10. 10. ASSESSMENT • Documentation- Analyze the images • Surveys • Monitor the Facebook page for “Lego” • Observation & stories • Counting reference questions @MCLotts
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  12. 12. CREATE YOUR IDEAL LIBRARY CONTEST @MCLotts Mason Gross Printmaking class.
  13. 13. COMMENTS @MCLotts Comments from collection box between Aug. 12th, 2014- Jan. 12th, 2015
  14. 14. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION @MCLotts
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  18. 18. CONCLUSION • Art Library Lego playing station has explored & expanded conventional research functions of an academic library through encouraging creative and problem solving techniques associated with Art & Design. • Legos can be an international 3-Dimensional language that uses hands on active learning to communicate and build critical thinking skills, as well as an activity that makes people happy. @MCLotts
  19. 19. CONCLUSION • Art Library Lego Playing station has been a catalyst for building bridges and making connections with students, faculty and staff on the RU campuses, which has led to a greater understanding of the possibilities of an Academic Research Library and how the act of making and implementing a culture of creativity can influence library patrons. @MCLotts
  20. 20. LEGO® PLAY: IMPLEMENTING A CULTURE OF CREATIVITY & MAKING IN THE ACADEMIC LIBRARY HTTP://DX.DOI.ORG/DOI:10.7282/T3C53NJD @MCLotts
  21. 21. FINAL THOUGHT One of the most interesting parts of this project is coming into the Art Library every day to see what has transpired at the table. Some days it appears that a group of grubby young children have been let loose at the table and Legos strewn everywhere, including the floor. Other days the author finds elaborate models that tell stories about the students, their lives, their imaginations, and their dreams. @MCLotts
  22. 22. QUESTIONS 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 @MCLotts

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