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Tuesday, December 1 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Investigating the Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and its Impact on Diverse Student Populations

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The preliminary findings for the first phase of the research program, “Equity in the Making: Investigating Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and Their Impact on Diverse User Populations” will be explored in this project briefing. Librarians and information professionals continue to navigate a persistent challenge in their makerspaces: an underrepresentation of undergraduates from marginalized communities. The aim of this 5-year research program is to examine the relationship between the spatial arrangement of academic makerspaces and the diverse user communities it seeks to attract. The scope of this briefing focuses on the initial findings from a set of interviews that asked participants to describe the defining features (sight, sound, and scent) of a conventional academic makerspace. This research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER program.



Maggie Melo

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I am the Director of the Equity in Making Lab and an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My research specialization resides at the intersection of innovation, critical maker culture, and the development... Read More →

Tuesday December 1, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm EST