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Lotts AWESOME Outreach NJLA 2016

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Lotts AWESOME Outreach NJLA 2016

  1. 1. AWESOME OUTREACH BY ACADEMIC LIBRARIES MEGAN LOTTS- ART LIBRARIAN, RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY NJLA, ATLANTIC CITY, MAY 2016
  2. 2. WHO AM I? • Outreach, Making, Play, & Innovation in Academic Libraries. • Making spaces can be scholarly, fun, affordable, and a new way to engage w/patrons and connect with communities. • I’m trained as a painter & installation artist and I spent many hours in college working in academic libraries. @MCLotts
  3. 3. CONNECTING WITH MY DEPARTMENTS • Liaise to: Art History, Digital Filmmaking, Landscape Architecture, and Mason Gross Visual Artists. • 3 Departments are 15-30 minute walk from Art Library and our 90,000 volume collection does not circulate. • Coming from an A & D background I was concerned these students weren’t using the library or knew what was possible at RUL. @MCLotts
  4. 4. HOW IT ALL BEGAN • I2C2 conference in Manchester, UK • LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® http://www.seriousplay.com/ • Participants built models about their work existence and the challenges faced in our everyday work lives in libraries. • Began thinking about how I could get my hands on A LOT of Legos @MCLotts
  5. 5. LEGO WORKSHOPS RUL FACULTY & STAFF • Team building & learning hands on • Creative thinking about library resources & spaces @MCLotts
  6. 6. INSTALLATION • Installed in August 2014 • Used existing table & chairs • Created signage & comment box • All Legos were upcycled for project @MCLotts
  7. 7. PRESS Check out Rutgers Today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZHhlwoy9Yc @MCLotts
  8. 8. BLOCK PARTY Scarlet Knight Days, models created by library faculty, library staff, graduate students, and undergrads @MCLotts
  9. 9. LEGO CHARACTER CONTEST @MCLotts
  10. 10. @MCLotts
  11. 11. CREATE YOUR IDEAL LIBRARY CONTEST @MCLotts Mason Gross Printmaking class.
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. ACADEMIC COACHES RUTGERS LEARNING CENTERS January 2015, team building Lego workshop with 6 Academic Coaches for an introduction to the library & Information Literacy skills @MCLotts
  14. 14. RUTGERS DAY BUILDING KNOWLEDGE THROUGH IMAGINATION @MCLotts
  15. 15. RU LIBRARY FACULTY & STAFF SPRING STRESSBUSTING LEGO PLAY @MCLotts
  16. 16. NEW JERSEY’S FIRST ANNUAL MAKER DAY BLOCK PARTY AT RUTGERS ART LIBRARY @MCLotts
  17. 17. LEGO WORKSHOP CAMDEN STUDENT CENTER 28 STUDENT EMPLOYEES. @MCLotts
  18. 18. RUTGERS LANDSCAPE DEPARTMENT • The department is a 30 minute walk from the Art Library • They are an inter-disciplinary department • The students have minimal research skills (at that time ) & need help • Chair of the Department is PRO Libraries @MCLotts
  19. 19. EDA COURSE •Environmental Design Analysis introductory course •Taught by Chair of LA, Dr. Laura Lawson •100 freshman @MCLotts
  20. 20. MY 30 MINUTE LECTURE • 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 • How to contact me, their library liaison, to seek research assistance @MCLotts
  21. 21. EXERCISE 2: PUBLIC LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS: TRACES, BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS, MAPPING, AND IMAGINING • Observe 3 location on campus, one being the Art Library • Who are the employees. who are the patrons and what is the flow of the space • Create a model at the Art Library Lego Playing Station • Write an analysis of the experience @MCLotts
  22. 22. LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE EDA COURSE @MCLotts
  23. 23. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION @MCLotts
  24. 24. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION @MCLotts
  25. 25. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION @MCLotts
  26. 26. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION @MCLotts
  27. 27. ASSESSMENT •The student papers •How many students I met (candy & library swag) •Analyzing the images taken of table, models, & people •Monitor the Facebook page for images •Reference questions from LA Dept. @MCLotts
  28. 28. SINCE THIS COLLABORATION… • Started holding reference hours in Blake Hall 2 hours a week • Served as a member of an LA faculty search committee • Have seen an increase in reference questions • LA has seen an increase in quality of student bibliographies • LA students & faculty know me by name & come to me for help @MCLotts
  29. 29. CREATING YOUR OWN AWESOME OUTREACH • If patrons are having FUN, they are more likely to learn, come back, and tell their friends. • Active learning helps build critical thinking skills & these are skills that are applicable to library research. • Creativity & making can create community @MCLotts
  30. 30. CREATING YOUR OWN AWESOME OUTREACH • Cross- Disciplinary collaboration is a must • Outreach can be low cost, easy to take up & down, small space to store, & consider crowd-sourcing materials • Incentives can help • Publicity @MCLotts
  31. 31. 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. @MCLotts
  32. 32. CONCLUSION 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
  33. 33. 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
  34. 34. 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 I find elaborate models that tell stories about the students, their lives, their imaginations, and their dreams. @MCLotts
  35. 35. WANT TO LEARN MORE… Summer 2016 Lotts, Megan. “On the Road, Playing with LEGO, and Learning about the Library: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station, Part Two." Journal of Library Administration Vol. 56, Iss.5 (Summer 2016). Spring 2016 Lotts, Megan. "Playing with LEGO, Learning about the Library and 'Making’ Campus Connections: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station, Part One." Journal of Library Administration Vol. 56, Iss.4 (Spring 2016). Spring 2015 Lotts, Megan. “Lego® Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library.” ACRL Conference Proceedings, 409-418. Fall 2014 Lotts Megan. “Implementing a Culture of Creativity: Pop-up making spaces and Participating Events in Academic Libraries.” College and Research Libraries News @MCLotts
  36. 36. QUESTIONS @MCLotts Megan Lotts, MFA, M.L.I.S Art Librarian Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey (848)932-7189 website: 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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