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Graduate Student Helps University Libraries Expand Awareness of Makerspaces and Their Use in Libraries

Corrine Luthy is an example of one of the outstanding students who are working in the University Libraries while earning their MLIS (Master of Library and Information Studies) degrees at UNCG.  A former journalist in eastern North Carolina, Corrine recently completed an independent study/practicum expanding awareness and knowledge of the use of makerspaces in libraries, such as the one in Jackson Library.

A website she has designed to be part of her capstone project for the degree describes her work on Makerspaces.  For the Fall 2014 semester she worked with a three-person team at UNCG's Jackson Library - Beth Filar-Williams (distance education librarian), Brown Biggers (server administrator), and Michelle Folkman (graduate student/curriculum coordinator) - on a project funded by an LSTA grant through State Library of North Carolina. The goals of the grant were to provide makerspace training to Library & Information Studies students and collaborations with other departments o…

Special Collections and University Archives Teach Students in Myriad Ways

As an increasing number faculty at UNCG see it, those treasures stored in the Special Collections and University Archives are tools for helping UNCG students learn, express themselves, and develop their skills.  Making available and engaging students, faculty and researchers in the active use of primary sources is a major goal of the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) Department, headed by Dr. Keith Gorman, himself a historian.

During 2014, the Department worked with or made presentations to 84 classes and presentations involving more than 1400 students, and the engagement is growing each year.   Given our collections and the nature of the subjects, one might expect classes with students in History, English, or Art, but other departments and classes represented include African American Studies; Women and Gender Studies; Photography; Kinesiology; Music; Education; Interior Architecture; Consumer Apparel and Retail; Food; and Latin.

This growing use of special collection…