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IMPLEMENTING A CULTURE OF CREATIVITY:
THE RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION
MEGAN LOTTS, ART LIBRARIAN, ...
INTRODUCTION
• My research is about: Outreach, Engagement, Making, Creativity & Innovation in
Academic Libraries.
• Creati...
PLAN FOR TODAY
• Talk a bit about Makerspaces & Pop-up Making spaces
• Activity #1- “who are you”
• Talk about the Rutgers...
MAKERSPACES
Editorial Board Thoughts: Libraries as Makerspaces? By Tod Coegrove (U of Nevada)
ejournals.bc.edu/ojs/index.p...
POP UP MAKING SPACES
• Low cost.
• Easy to put up, take down, & store.
• Foster creativity & critical thinking skills (the...
ACTIVITY ONE
Build a model that best represents who you are
in your everyday work life.
RUTGERS ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
• I2C2 conference in Manchester, UK.
• LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® .
htt...
LEGO WORKSHOPS
RUL FACULTY & STAFF
• Team building & hands-on learning.
• Opportunity to think creatively about library re...
INSTALLATION
• Installed in August 2014.
• Used existing table & chairs.
• Created signage, “take pics not Legos”.
• Comme...
PRESS
Check out Rutgers Today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZHhlwoy9Yc
@MCLotts
BLOCK PARTY
Scarlet Knight Days- models created by library faculty, library staff,
graduate students, and undergrads.
@MCL...
LEGO CHARACTER CONTEST
@MCLotts
CREATE YOUR OWN LEGO LIBRARY
Mason Gross Printmaking class.
@MCLotts
RU LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DEPT. EDA COURSE
100-1ST YEAR L.A. STUDENTS
@MCLotts
SAS HONORS COLLOQUIUM
SECTION 10
“Thank you so much! My partner and I were playing with the legos for at least two
hours. ...
ACADEMIC COACHES
RUTGERS LEARNING CENTERS
• January 2015- team building Lego workshop w/ 6 Academic Coaches for an
introdu...
RU LIBRARY FACULTY & STAFF
SPRING STRESSBUSTING LEGO PLAY
@MCLotts
NEW JERSEY’S FIRST ANNUAL MAKER DAY
BLOCK PARTY AT RUTGERS ART LIBRARY
@MCLotts
ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES
@MCLotts
ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES
@MCLotts
ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES
@MCLotts
ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES
@MCLotts
ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES
@MCLotts
ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES
@MCLotts
ACTIVITY TWO
Build a model that represents a challenge that
you face in your everyday work life
LEGO WORKSHOP CAMDEN STUDENT CENTER
28 STUDENT EMPLOYEES.
@MCLotts
#LEGOMAKE TOUR
@MCLotts
THE TOUR
• 6 week tour by car w/100 lbs of Legos
• Visited 20 Academic Libraries in 7
states facilitating Lego workshops t...
THE SURVEY
@MCLotts
WHAT DID YOU LEARN?
@MCLotts
WHAT DID YOU LIKE BEST?
@MCLotts
DID YOU HAVE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE
@MCLotts
• 235 Individuals responded yes
they had a positive experience.
• 10 individua...
HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THIS WORKSHOP
@MCLotts
WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS WORKSHOP
TO SOMEONE ELSE?
@MCLotts
• 231 participants indicated yes.
• 12 individuals did not res...
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
@MCLotts
THE RESULTS- BEST LIBRARY EVER
@MCLotts
1. People
2. Open to patrons
2. The Spaces
2. Technology
5. Eco-friendly
6. Books
...
IMAGES FROM THE TOUR
@MCLotts
IMAGES FROM THE TOUR
@MCLotts
ACTIVITY THREE
Work together to build the
BEST Library EVER!
@MCLotts
ASSESSMENT OF POP UP MAKING EVENTS
• Documentation- Analyze the images.
• Surveys.
• Monitor & count social media.
• Obser...
HOW CAN YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN…
• You don’t need a lot money to create a Makerspace, crowdsource materials.
• Marketing & Outr...
CONCLUSION: WHY MAKING IS THIS IMPORTANT
• We are more likely to learn or come back when we are having FUN!
• Creativity, ...
FINAL THOUGHTS
Legos can be an international 3-Dimensional language
that uses hands on active learning to communicate and ...
FINAL THOUGHTS
Art Library Lego playing station has explored & expanded
conventional research functions of an academic lib...
FINAL THOUGHTS
Art Library Lego Playing station has been a catalyst
for building bridges and making connections with stude...
FINAL THOUGHTS
One of the most interesting parts of this project is coming into the Art Library
every day to see what has ...
WANT TO LEARN MORE…
Summer 2016 Lotts, Megan. “On the Road, Playing with LEGO, and Learning about the Library: The Rutgers...
QUESTIONS
@MCLotts
Megan Lotts, MFA, M.L.I.S
Art Librarian
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
(848)932-7189
megan...
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Lotts counterplay 2016- Playing with LEGO®, “Making” Campus Connections, and Going Mobile: The Rutgers University Art Library Lego Playing Station

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During this session participants will learn about the Rutgers University Art Library Lego Playing Station (RUALLPS), its implementation, impact, and assessment. Since installation, RUALLPS has been a catalyst for many events, contests, course assignments, and workshops. These events have included a “Create your ideal Lego Library” contest, a collaborative project with 100 freshmen from the Rutgers Landscape Architecture department, and a case study in which Lotts, visited 20 academic research libraries in the United States, to facilitate workshops that look closely at the hands-on learning experiences that resulted when academic library faculty and staff were introduced to the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® methodology by means of a mobile makerspace. This presentation will provide an opportunity for audience members to be creative and play with Legos.

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Lotts counterplay 2016- Playing with LEGO®, “Making” Campus Connections, and Going Mobile: The Rutgers University Art Library Lego Playing Station

  1. 1. IMPLEMENTING A CULTURE OF CREATIVITY: THE RUTGERS UNIVERSITY ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION 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. PLAN FOR TODAY • Talk a bit about Makerspaces & Pop-up Making spaces • Activity #1- “who are you” • Talk about the Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station • Activity #2- “challenges” • Talk about Camden students & #LEGOMAKE Tour • Activity #3- “the BEST ever” • Assessment, Making it happen, Conclusion, & Final thoughts • Questions & Answers @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. ACTIVITY ONE Build a model that best represents who you are in your everyday work life.
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. LEGO WORKSHOPS RUL FACULTY & STAFF • Team building & hands-on learning. • Opportunity to think creatively about library resources & spaces. @MCLotts
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. PRESS Check out Rutgers Today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZHhlwoy9Yc @MCLotts
  11. 11. BLOCK PARTY Scarlet Knight Days- models created by library faculty, library staff, graduate students, and undergrads. @MCLotts
  12. 12. LEGO CHARACTER CONTEST @MCLotts
  13. 13. CREATE YOUR OWN LEGO LIBRARY Mason Gross Printmaking class. @MCLotts
  14. 14. RU LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE DEPT. EDA COURSE 100-1ST YEAR L.A. STUDENTS @MCLotts
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. RU LIBRARY FACULTY & STAFF SPRING STRESSBUSTING LEGO PLAY @MCLotts
  18. 18. NEW JERSEY’S FIRST ANNUAL MAKER DAY BLOCK PARTY AT RUTGERS ART LIBRARY @MCLotts
  19. 19. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  20. 20. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  21. 21. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  22. 22. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  23. 23. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  24. 24. ART LIBRARY LEGO PLAYING STATION IMAGES @MCLotts
  25. 25. ACTIVITY TWO Build a model that represents a challenge that you face in your everyday work life
  26. 26. LEGO WORKSHOP CAMDEN STUDENT CENTER 28 STUDENT EMPLOYEES. @MCLotts
  27. 27. #LEGOMAKE TOUR @MCLotts
  28. 28. THE TOUR • 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 @MCLotts
  29. 29. THE SURVEY @MCLotts
  30. 30. WHAT DID YOU LEARN? @MCLotts
  31. 31. WHAT DID YOU LIKE BEST? @MCLotts
  32. 32. DID YOU HAVE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE @MCLotts • 235 Individuals responded yes they had a positive experience. • 10 individuals did not respond. • No one indicated that they had a negative experience
  33. 33. HOW WOULD YOU IMPROVE THIS WORKSHOP @MCLotts
  34. 34. WOULD YOU RECOMMEND THIS WORKSHOP TO SOMEONE ELSE? @MCLotts • 231 participants indicated yes. • 12 individuals did not respond. • 1 person indicated maybe • 1 person indicated no
  35. 35. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS @MCLotts
  36. 36. THE RESULTS- BEST LIBRARY EVER @MCLotts 1. People 2. Open to patrons 2. The Spaces 2. Technology 5. Eco-friendly 6. Books 7. Money 8. Makerspaces 9. Computers 10. Art
  37. 37. IMAGES FROM THE TOUR @MCLotts
  38. 38. IMAGES FROM THE TOUR @MCLotts
  39. 39. ACTIVITY THREE Work together to build the BEST Library EVER! @MCLotts
  40. 40. 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
  41. 41. 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
  42. 42. 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
  43. 43. FINAL THOUGHTS 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
  44. 44. FINAL THOUGHTS 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
  45. 45. FINAL THOUGHTS 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
  46. 46. FINAL THOUGHTS 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
  47. 47. 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
  48. 48. 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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