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NCompass Live: Library Innovation Studios - A Project Introduction and Review of the Application Process

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NCompass Live - June 7, 2017
http://nlc.nebraska.gov/ncompasslive/

Project staff and partners for Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities project will provide an introduction to the upcoming project and discuss the impending application/selection process. Eligible Nebraska public libraries are those with a legal service area of less than 25,000 and are accredited. The deadline for the first application cycle—that will identify between twelve and twenty participating libraries—is scheduled for July 10, 2017. The balance of the participating libraries are expected to be selected in an application process that will take place sometime in 2018.

The Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) along with partners University of Nebraska—Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension, and Regional Library Systems, are excited about the project, recently awarded a National Leadership Grant of $530,732 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The project will begin July 1, 2017 and conclude June 30, 2020.

The project uses Library Innovation Studios (makerspaces) hosted by libraries to support community engagement and participatory learning experiences by providing access to technological and innovative learning tools not readily accessible locally. This strengthening of the maker culture in is expected to stimulate creativity, innovation and the exchange of ideas to facilitate entrepreneurship, skills development, and local economic development.

Presenters: JoAnn McManus, Rod Wagner, Mary Jo Ryan, Holly Woldt, and Connie Hancock

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NCompass Live: Library Innovation Studios - A Project Introduction and Review of the Application Process

  1. 1. LIBRARY INNOVATION STUDIOS: Transforming Rural Communities Presenters: JoAnn McManus Rod Wagner Mary Jo Ryan Holly Woldt Connie Hancock http://nlc.Nebraska.gov/grants/InnovationStud ios/
  2. 2. NEBRASKA
  3. 3. TODAY’S AGENDA •Project Goals •Project Summary •Application Process •Community Engagement Process •Equipment Featured in the Four Identical Studios •Question & Answers
  4. 4. Three Goals Guide the Project… •Rural community residents will be empowered with the tools and guidance to explore, collaborate, create, learn, and invent; •Libraries will transform their rural communities through participatory learning spaces, while establishing themselves as strong community catalysts for community change; and •Libraries nationwide will have access to a replicable
  5. 5. About “Library Innovation Studios” Project • 3-Year Project – July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020 • Funded with $530,732 IMLS National Leadership Grant • One-to-one match provided by NLC and UNL (primarily staff time) Uses Library Innovation Studios (makerspaces) hosted by libraries to support community engagement and participatory learning experiences by providing access to technological and innovative learning tools not readily accessible locally.
  6. 6. Multi-faceted Project will… • Establish Community Action Teams in 30 Rural & Small communities • Purchase equipment/components for four rotating Studios • Develop instructional materials & equipment certification processes • Employ sustainability strategies for permanent studios • Provide equipment training focusing on Train-the-Trainer strategies • Assist with local marketing and programming/event planning
  7. 7. Which Libraries are Eligible to Participate and Host a Library Innovation Studio for Up to 5 Months? •Rural or Small Accredited Public Libraries •Legal service area of less than 25,000 •Accredited
  8. 8. Benefits of Participation • Community Engagement Training/Tools/Templates/Support • Access to Studio Components for 20 weeks • Opportunity to “Try it before you buy it” • Community sees first-hand benefits of a Makerspace • Some travel support to Lincoln Training/Events • Access to project staff & project partners • Connection to Nebraska Innovation Studio & Makerspace Network • Eligibility to receive one or more pieces of equipment at conclusion
  9. 9. Expectations of Participating Libraries • Organize Community Action Team & Engage Local Organizations • Identify staff and recruit volunteers to attend “Train-the-Trainer” sessions • Prepare Space & Gather Tables, Chairs, Consumables • Market the Studio, Open House, Maker Showcase • Make Studio components available to public on regular basis • Assist with User Certification • Encourage users to showcase their creations/inventions • Assist with survey distribution & collection
  10. 10. More about Hosting Periods •Seven Hosting Cycles (4 libraries/cycle) •Hosting period – generally 20 weeks in duration •Project staff deliver and install Five Studio Stations •Project Staff lead local Train-the-Trainer
  11. 11. Application Process •Deadline to Apply – First Opportunity •Monday, July 10, 2017 before Midnight •12 to 20 libraries will be selected to participate •Submit via email or mail •Second Application – Sometime in 2018 to select balance of 30 libraries
  12. 12. Application Features •Basic Contact Information •Assurances Checklist •10 Questions to Answer •One highly recommending sketches/diagrams of space to be used for Studio Stations • Attach Letters of Support/Commitment from potential local partners
  13. 13. ASSURANCES CHECKLIST Assurances Required of Participating Libraries Yes A minimum of five library staff and volunteers will participate in one or both Train-the- Trainer events (one in Lincoln, one locally), and will serve as local trainers throughout our Hosting Period. Our library will work with local community organizations and/or local volunteers to market the Library Innovation Studio and associated activities to potential users/audiences in our community, and will support the Studio prior to its arrival and while it is housed at our library. Our library will work to engage local community organizations by activating a Community Action Team to plan for and support the Library Innovation Studio and its associated activities. Our library will provide space within our library to house studio components for approximately twenty weeks. Our library has (or will bring in for our Hosting Period) an adequate number of tables, carts, and/or counters to be used to set equipment on, as well as chairs and tables to use for work space for groups of users working on a project. Our library will host an Open House in our library early in our Hosting Period. Our library will host a Maker Showcase at our library, or at an alternate location within our community, near the end of our Hosting Period. Our library (with the help of our partners) will solicit and collect select consumables from the community before and/or during the Hosting Period (fabric, wood, etc.).
  14. 14. OPTIONAL HOSTING PERIOD PRIORITY FORM •Not Required & Can be Submitted following Deadline •Allows you to be among the first to request a “hosting cycle” that fits your schedule. •Hosting Periods and Train-the-Trainer Training in Lincoln indicated on the Form are “Tentative”
  15. 15. OPTIONAL HOSTING PERIOD PRIORITY FORM Cycle 1 Training: Week of Sept 25, 2017 ____ Installation: Week of Oct 9, 2017 Pick up: Week of Feb 19, 2018 #1—19 wks ____ Installation: Week of Oct 23, 2017 Pick up: Week of March 19, 2018 #2—21 wks ____ Installation: Week of Nov 6, 2017 Pick up: Week of April 2, 2018 #3—21 wks ____ Installation: Week of Nov 20, 2017 Pick up: Week of April 16, 2018 #4—21 wks Cycle 2 Training: Week of Feb 26, 2018 ____ Installation: Week of Mar 5, 2018 Pick up: Week of July 9, 2018 #5—19 wks ____ Installation: Week of Mar 19, 2018 Pick up: Week of Aug 6, 2018 #6—20 wks ____ Installation: Week of Apr 2, 2018 Pick up: Week of Aug 20, 2018 #7—20 wks ____ Installation: Week of Apr 16, 2018 Pick up: Week of Sep 3, 2018 #8—20 wks Cycle 3 Training & 1st Annual Inventors Showcase: Week of July 16, 2018 ____ Installation: Week of July 23, 2018 Pick up: Week of Nov 26, 2018 #9—19 wks ____ Installation: Week of Aug 6, 2018 Pick up: Week of Dec 17, 2018 #10—19 wks ____ Installation: Week of Aug 20, 2018 Pick up: Week of Dec 31, 2018 #11—19 wks ____ Installation: Week of Sept 3, 2018 Pick up: Week of Jan 15, 2019 #12—19 wks
  16. 16. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT •Work as a Catalyst • Getting people involved • Getting people to work together • Getting people to use their talents •Build a sense of community • Meet people who are doing something different than you are and learn from each other •Understand the ‘benefits’ of what a Makerspace means to Community •Create a strong Community Action Team
  17. 17. COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM • Identify 5 to 6 community leaders • Representative of diverse aspects of community – Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Education, Extension, Business, Art Guild, Quilt Guild, etc. • Willing to make a commitment—spending time, energy, and talent to focus strategically and create a implementation plan • Willing to engage and collaborate with community and key stakeholders • Recruit others and their organizations to serve as trainers and/or participants • Work with community to find resources (financial, human, ideas,
  18. 18. Library Innovation Studio Components • Digital fabrication (3D printer, 3D scanner, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, CNC router); • Electronics (prototype kits, microcontrollers, robotics); • Textiles (wearable technologies, embroidery/sewing machine); • Digital media creation (filmmaking/digital photography); • Music technology; • Specialized software and subscriptions; and • Basic hand tools and other accessories.
  19. 19. A Look at the Stations •5 Stations will be Installed • “Stations” are those that will be Installed as a Unit and remain set up throughout the hosting period. •8 Mobile Stations • “Mobile Stations” are those stations that arrive in totes or other containers and are: • set out during weekly times as scheduled by the library, and • available for check out for in-library use.
  20. 20. http://nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/InnovationStudios/ Station Number Components/Devices What it Does Table Size (Width x Depth) Station 1 Lulz Taz 6 3D Printer & Matter & Form 3D Scanner & Desktop Computer Print 3D thermoplastic items that were designed or scanned 8" x 3" Station 2 Epilog Zing 16 Laser Cutter & Desktop computer Laser cut and etch wood, glass and other materials 6" x 3" Station 3 USCutter Tital 2 Vinyl Cutter & Desktop computer 3" x 2" plus 4"x2" floor Station 4 Carvey Intentables CNC Router & Desktop Computer Cuts wood and other materials based on programmed designs 6" x 3" Station 5 bernette Chicago 7 Embroidery Machine from Bernina Embroidering and sewing clothes and décor items 4" x 2"
  21. 21. MOBILE STATIONS Station Number Components/Devices What it Does Table Size (Width x Depth) Mobile Station 1 Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kit Build/program robots using a laptop 6" x 3" Mobile Station 2 LilyPad Design Kit (wearable technology) Use circuits/copper wires/LED lights 3" x 2" Mobile Station 3 Arduino Starter Kit & Laptop Program using electronic components 3" x 2" Mobile Station 4 SparkFun Inventor's Kit Circuits and sensors to power motors 3" x 2" Mobile Station 5 Makey Makey Turns objects into touchpads 3" x 2" Mobile Station 6 Camera/Video Creator Kit/Green screen Take and photos/videos using iMac 3" x 2" Mobile Station 7 Apple iMac Computer & Software Media Edit/Record/Mix Studio 3" x 2" Mobile Station 8 Soldering Station Join metals/electric connections 2" x 2"
  22. 22. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
  23. 23. CONTACT INFORMATION JoAnn McManus Library Innovation Studios Project Manager Nebraska Library Commission 402-471-4870 joann.mcmanus@nebraska.gov http://nlc.nebraska.gov/grants/InnovationStu dios/

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