A number of Albertsons Library faculty members presented at this year’s Idaho Library Association Annual Conference, held in Idaho Falls.
Amy Vecchione was passed the gavel from Kristi Haman and is now the President of the Idaho Library Association. She also presented about Makerspace Communities and the Futures where she presented models of engagement for makerspaces, spoke about their function as an economical stimulator for new product ideas, and how to engage with users. She also talked about how makerspaces are a hub for design thinking.
Michelle Armstrong hosted a discussion on privacy and government surveillance. Using clips from the film Citizenfour, conference attendees shared personal stories and debated topics such as privacy as a value, limits of government data gathering, societal implications of domestic spying, and the effect on libraries and the communities they serve when privacy is violated.
Deana Brown co-lead the workshop “Tinker, Tailor, Librarian, Spy” as part of her work serving on Idaho Commission for Libraries’ Special Projects Library Action Team (SPLAT). After tinkering with the tools at each station, workshop attendees worked through a series of guiding questions to help them contextualize using tools from SPLAT’s borrowable Idea Labs in their own library. Station themes included robots, circuits, virtual reality, and user experience.
Heather Grevatt gave a presentation titled, “Brain Breaks and Bouncy Balls: Kinesthetic Learning in the Library.” Library and information literacy content is often well suited for kinesthetic methods or the inclusion of brain breaks to help keep interest during traditional sessions, but it can be challenging to incorporate for non-teachers. This presentation provided participants with simple and practical examples they could integrate into their unique library instruction circumstances.
Jim Duran presented on Library, Special Collections and Archives using the Library’s MakerLab 3D printing for exhibits, by recreating historic buildings on campus. He demonstrated how they used free software to 3D scan statues and then printed copies as promotional giveaways, how they designed and printed adapters for obsolete photography equipment for new digitization purposes, and how to make digitization more efficient with minimal-cost 3D printed tools.
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