ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Learn tips on developing instructional programming, finding funding opportunities, and producing effective library marketing for sustainable outreach that fulfills educational goals. Three panelists, including a Georgia Tech librarian, English faculty member, and an Atlanta-based visual artist will each present their perspectives on the creation and outcomes of an IMLS funded educational program that employs the visual arts to improve students’ communication skills and engagement with campus and community life. Attendees will acquire information to assist them in building similar programs, learn how to sustain and assess them, and discuss how to tailor non-traditional partnerships in library educational programming to their own communities.
On a largely STEM- (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focused campus, librarians and faculty collaborated to establish programming that incorporates the visual arts in a variety of courses to enhance student learning (STEAM). The library and departments across the campus reached out to local artists and a community center focused on DIY culture and ephemeral media to collaborate on an endeavor that promotes students’ material engagement with and understanding of crucial disciplinary concepts across multiple fields. Some workshop examples include: the blending of printmaking and video narratives into a senior level immunology class, the study of the labor movement incorporated with relief printmaking, and an analysis of Chaucer’s work that included medieval style bookbinding. By including a tactile and artistic learning element into the curriculum, students were able to express themselves creatively as well as engage in process-oriented development. Following an initial success with these endeavors, in 2016 the library was able to acquire an IMLS Sparks grant to further develop and evaluate the program and related educational methods.
Audience members will be invited to discuss and share how they might apply these methods in their own communities and how the arts and STEM subjects enhance each other. The panelists will share lesson plans and project concepts that are easy adaptable in a variety of educational settings including: academic libraries, public libraries, museums, and community maker spaces. The presentation will also include examples of student work and a brief summary of lessons learned in expanding this popular program. ("Communication through Art" http://www.library.gatech.edu/arts/)