Representatives from CNI member organizations gather twice annually to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues, and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Each member organization may send two representatives. Visit https://www.cni.org/mm/fall-2017 for more information.

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Monday, December 11 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Leveraging Data to Monitor Makerspace Demographics: Addressing the Complexity of System Interoperability

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The Foundry, a makerspace at the University of Texas Libraries, opened in September 2016. The space provides access to a large visualization wall, 3D printers, virtual reality, mills, sewing machines, 3D scanners, and a laser cutter. The Foundry is currently focused on fostering interdisciplinary, curriculum-integrated use of the equipment. It also prioritizes attracting a diverse patron constituency that represents the demographics of the campus at large. This presentation will address the role of the library in monitoring demographic use of makerspaces through strategic, mission-driven assessment practices. Topics will include, barriers to makerspace access, The Foundry assessment plan and associated data gathering practices, and current usage trends. IT system and organizational challenges associated with assessment practices will also be addressed.

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Amber Welch

Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Libraries, University of Texas
Amber Welch is the Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Texas Libraries. In this role she oversees two service points at the Fine Arts Library, The Foundry, a 4000 sq foot makerspace, and the circulation desk. She also oversees the Media Lab, a 44 seat Mac lab... Read More →

Monday December 11, 2017 5:00pm - 5:30pm
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