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  • Making+Learning in Museums and Libraries: A Practitioner's Guide and Framework
    Date: 06/26/2017
    Resource Category: Report
    This report introduces a framework to support learning in library and museum makerspaces. The framework demonstrates how we can create the conditions for ambitious learning experiences to unfold within the making experience. ... »
  • Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts
    Date: 01/10/2017
    Resource Category: Report
    "Strengthening Networks, Sparking Change: Museums and Libraries as Community Catalysts" combines findings from a literature scan and input from the library, museum and community revitalization fields with case studies about the experiences and vision of museums and libraries working to spur change in their communities. It describes the ... »
  • Facilitation Research for Engineering Design Education
    Date: 12/01/2015
    Resource Category: Report
    This IMLS-funded study sought to examine the impact of educator-facilitation on engineering attitudes and self-efficacy of children in Design Challenges activities. Using a quasi-experimental design with statistically comparable pre- and post-experience groups, researchers collected observation, interview, and survey data to address the following ... »
  • Maker Lab - Making to Learn: What the Chicago Public Library and its patrons are learning as new members of the maker movement
    Date: 03/31/2015
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This report describes key findings from the Chicago Public Library (CPL) Maker Lab, a hands-on collaborative learning environment for residents of Chicago to create and design items while enhancing their 21st century skills. The key outcomes of the Maker Lab are building basic literacy; building digital, information, and cultural literacy; ... »
  • Creating a Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies (C-COVES) White Paper
    Date: 11/03/2014
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This White Paper summarizes the work of C-COVES, a two-year IMLS-funded project designed to Create a Collaboration for Ongoing Visitor Experience Studies. Specifically, C-COVES was intended to research the feasibility of creating a multi-institutional network of science centers across the country united in studying the visitor experience within ... »
  • Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create Lifelong Learners
    Date: 06/11/2013
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    According to this report, libraries and museums are effective but often overlooked resources in the United States' effort to turn around a crisis in early learning, exposing children to powerful learning experiences in the critical early years and keeping them learning through the summer months. This document provides dozens of examples and 10 key ... »
  • Museums, Libraries, and 21st Century Skills
    Date: 07/01/2009
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    This report is the result of a task force convened between 2008 and 2009 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to identify the new contexts facing libraries and museums, such as the evolution of the global economy and the need for 21st century skills. The report is designed to help decision makers and leaders in libraries and ... »
  • Why Zoos and Aquariums Matter Handbook
    Date: 11/19/2008
    Resource Category: Reference Materials
    Federal support for museums through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is based on the premise that museums are valuable community organizations providing rich opportunities for learning and civic engagement. Yet, until recently, there has been a paucity of systematic and evidence-based research on the public impact of museums. ... »