This project looked at bike lending programs at other libraries and organizations to determine if such a program could be implemented at the Natrona County Library located in Casper, WY. After researching other programs, models that could work for the Library were presented to the sponsor along with a projected budget, program guide, and list of partner organizations. If implemented, this project will help the Library fulfill its mission of advocating for literacy, education, and a thriving community.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, more activities have moved online but not everyone has access to reliable internet or the skills to do activities like school and work from home especially in rural communities. By analyzing data that has been collected by Digital Navigators using a set of intake forms, this project attempts to assess the lack of access and skills to reliable internet and devices, and provide necessary resources to rural communities in Appalachia. The results focused on the availability of the internet, access to the internet, especially in low-income households, and interest in employment.
Ensuring access to digital content for everyone is one of the core principles of Open Library & their parent organization, the Internet Archive. To ensure that this is true for all patrons, regardless of ability, this capstone project focused on testing Open Library’s code-base for digital accessibility. A test set of twenty pages was created for a WCAG 2.1 audit. Testing and remediation were done with the help of Open Library’s network of Open-Source contributors. Accessibility policies and documentation were drafted to ensure compliance continues in the future.
Examination and intellectual arrangement and description of the Edmond S. Meany photographic albums No. 1- 3.
Evaluating for Equity: Student-Centered Tools and Best Practices for Managing Video Tutorial Collections at Holman Library
In collaboration with Green River College’s Holman Library, we developed tools and best practices for implementing an equity-first approach to evaluating and managing Holman’s video tutorial collection. Designed to center students’ relationship to these instructional materials, we built an evaluative rubric and controlled vocabulary to identify criteria for a collection of internal and open access instructional materials and make recommendations for content and structure. Establishing values, frameworks, and tools for collection-building at the intersection of critical information literacy, inclusive pedagogy, and instructional design aims to locate student users as active participants in their navigation of library resources and research processes.
The University District Food Bank required a new database to meet the needs of their multiple programs and accurately track their data. A centralized system provides more continuity for staff, volunteers, and better service to the clients. Based on the information needs of the staff and our research of database options, we customized FoodBank Manager's cloud-based application for its programs. The application features manage clients appropriately, are accessible to multiple staff concurrently, and are easy to update over time without a technical contractor. The Food Bank will be able to provide better service to its guests and stakeholders.
In order to go beyond the “Trans 101” programming common within libraries, we developed Found, a table-top role-playing game and discussion inspired by the well-known Mission to Mars passive education and problem-solving activity. Between experiences-based character creation, diverse non-player characters, flexible abilities, a soft tone to allow for vulnerability, a setting that encourages engagement with systemic issues, thought-provoking puzzles, and contemplative discussion questions, Found is a program designed to foster transgender community by giving space to comfortably explore gender, while also increasing cultural competency of cisgender allies.
YWCA Alaska wants to preserve and share its rich history with the communities it serves by starting and maintaining an archive. To help the organization plan and prepare to engage volunteers and paid interns in beginning the archives, we have created a framework with archival practices and links to additional resources, and recommended first and future actions. Researching and developing the framework has resulted in a guide YWCA Alaska and other nonprofit organizations can use to start an archive and help the Y's new CEO strengthen her relationships with some of the organization's longest-term supporters.
Full STEAM Ahead! was a virtual STEAM camp designed for children 6-12 that ran between April 5-9. Everett Public Library (EPL) originally had a STEM program for ages 0-3 that was taken over by the local school district. Our team saw the opportunity to fill a gap in programming, especially since engaging ages 6-12 is vital for maintaining interest in STEAM. We developed five 1-1.5 hour activity sessions. Our program had an average compared to the attendance of similar programs EPL offered during April 2021. Our attendees were very engaged and had an overall positive response to our program.
Oftentimes, those with the most important messages to share have neither the time nor money to create the most effective media for communicating their messages to others. Research has been done on this topic; however, it is largely inaccessible in both cost and writing. GRID is a free, readable, research-based web guide on how to write more readable documents, aimed at those working for social good. It takes research-based guidelines and professional industry practices and makes them easy to digest and implement for any screen-based document.