This project is a multi-year research-practice partnership that seeks to understand and engage with the challenges faced by school library professionals when they experience an organizational push to support new forms of Maker-oriented learning in their spaces.

Current Status

We have been collecting data at three middle schools and one public library for the past six months. While still observing these spaces, we have begun to implement maker-oriented workshops in these areas and are beginning to conceptualize resources for librarians who want to implement similar activities.

This project is made possible through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Research is being done at Utah State University’s department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences.


Youth using makey makey interface board with door knob and apple in order to create an innovative remote controller.

Makey Makey public library activity.

Youth using metal materials and paper circuits to create a 3D city.

Paper circuits activity at a school library.

Some of the people on our team at the school library.