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Thursday, October 3 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Assessment in Library Makerspaces: Opportunities and Challenges

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More and more libraries are offering learning experiences through making and makerspaces. As this momentum continues--as well as that for hands-on learning experiences in general in libraries--practitioners need ways to strategies, tools and frameworks to assess learning and engagement in maker-based learning experiences for a variety of reasons, such as program/practice improvement. This symposium brings together individual presentations of researchers and practitioners designing assessments with library staff for work in their makerspaces as well as presenters addressing national level perspectives. The audience participants will gain understanding of the strengths and challenges of three specific projects as well as engage in discussion with others about this work.

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Jordan M. Smith

Librarian & Manager of the Launch Pad Makerspace, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
Jordan M. Smith is a public librarian who serves as the manager of the Launch Pad Makerspace at Buffalo & Erie County Public Library's Downtown Central Library. His work currently focuses on providing free public access to and training on technology for creative purposes, from basic... Read More →
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Rebecca Millerjohn

Teaching and Learning Librarian, Madison Public Library
Rebecca Millerjohn is the youth services librarian with the Bubbler at Madison Public Library. Rebecca is a previous six year classroom working in Houston, Texas and at Gary Comer College Prep on Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of UW’s School of Library and Information Studies... Read More →
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Ephran Ramirez

Lead STEM Mentor - YOUmedia, Chicago Public Library
I'm interested in the intersections of science education and social justice.Science should be made accessible to all youth, regardless of race, class, gender, orientation, etc. Finding ways to eliminate the barriers in science education is crucial to our success as a whole and to... Read More →
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Lisa Brahms

Director of Learning & Research, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
Lisa Brahms, Ph.D. is Director of Learning and Research at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, as well as a visiting researcher with the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE).  Lisa earned her PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy at the... Read More →
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Stephanie Chang

Director of Impact, Maker Ed
Stephanie Chang is the Director of Impact at Maker Ed, having spent 5 years previously leading and designing Maker Ed’s program and project offerings for educators and institutions around the country. Her current work focuses on evaluating the impact and value of programmatic efforts... Read More →
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Eric Reyes

Digital Media Coordinator, Chicago Public Library
Eric Reyes works in the Teen Services/YOUmedia Department of the Chicago Public Library. Prior to joining CPL, Eric worked in education with formerly incarcerated adults, as a recording instructor, and as a facilitator/engineer at StoryCorps Chicago. Eric has a MA in Sociology and... Read More →
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Peter Wardrip

Assistant Professor, C&I, University of Wisconsin
Peter Wardrip is an Assistant Professor of STEAM Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on informal/formal learning collaborations, assessment for learning and making as a learning process. Peter earned his PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy from University... Read More →
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Caitlin Martin

Design and Research, CKMartin Consulting
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Vishesh Kumar

Doctoral Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
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