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  • Meeting Learners Where They Are: A Case Study of Media MashUp Libraries' Approaches to Teaching 21st Century Literacy Skills
    Date: 12/30/2010
    Resource Category: Formative
    Media MashUp (MMU) was an IMLS funded project (LG-07-08-0113 ) designed to help libraries build capacity for offering computer-based programs for youth. These programs were designed to help foster 21st Century literacy skills. The program focused on the Scratch programming language (, but also used other creative freeware ... »
  • A Summative Evaluation of exhibit, 'East by Northwest'
    Date: 06/07/2010
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    The purpose of this summative evaluation was to find out how visitors are using and learning from the East by Northwest exhibit at the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM) in Seattle, Washington. The exhibit tells the story of Seattle's Ethiopian community, highlighting the continuity of the culture and the contribution to our shared ... »
  • Use and Effectiveness of Discovery Carts
    Date: 01/01/2010
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    EVALUATION PURPOSE The purpose of this evaluation was to determine which visitors are attracted to interpreter-staffed Discovery Carts and what behaviors they exhibit that reflect their learning experience. To do this, 348 observations of unique visitor interactions with Discovery Carts were collected from January 21 to February 17, 2010. KEY ... »
  • Gallery Guide Use in the Tete a Tete Exhibit
    Date: 01/01/2010
    Resource Category: Evaluation Reports
    Our study at the Frye Art Museum examined the use of the gallery guides by visitors in Tete-a-Tete, the salon-style hang of the museum's founding collection. Our goal was to see who was using the guides, how, what effect this had on their experience, and what they expected from the guides. We discovered that the average gallery guide user was ... »
  • Visitor Photo Behavior at EMP|SFM
    Date: 01/01/2010
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This evaluation looked at one set of visitor behaviors - taking and using photographs - in the whole of Experience Music Project | Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM). It was conducted between April 30 and May 6, 2010 by collecting semi-structured interview responses from 58 EMP|SFM visitors during their visits. We ... »
  • Climate Change Toolkit
    Date: 01/01/2010
    Resource Category: Project Descriptions
    The Climate Change Toolkit includes a suite of resources that address the science behind climate change while encouraging participants to take action to reduce the effects of climate change. Each resource has been designed to be low cost and easy for educators to reproduce. Contents of the Toolkit include: (1) Ten Hands-on Cart Activities - These ... »
  • A Look at Arboretum Visitors: Usage and Demographics
    Date: 01/01/2010
    Resource Category: Summative
    The Washington Park Arboretum (WPA) in Seattle is a 230 acre expanse of land which abuts Lake Washington. Apart from the Japanese Garden, admission into the arboretum is free and access points into the park are numerous. As such, tracking visitorship is challenging. For this front-end study the focus was on visitors at the Graham Visitor Center ... »
  • A Summative Evaluation of exhibit, 'Crusin' the Fossil Freeway'
    Date: 01/01/2010
    Resource Category: Research and Evaluation Instruments
    Overall findings suggest that the Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway exhibit attracted a different audience than the audience which attended the Coffee: The World in Your Cup exhibit the previous year. Additionally, visitors were highly engaged within the exhibit, and were spending a great deal of time in the exhibit space. Visitors to Cruisin' felt ... »