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Albertsons Library MakerLab Selected as Partner on National Grant

By: Brady W Moore   Published 2:31 pm / December 4, 2017

After a rigorous selection process, Albertsons Library’s MakerLab has been selected from among the top makerspaces in the country to partner on an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant known as “Maker Competencies in the Undergraduate Curriculum.”

Photo of students working together in the MakerLab at Albertsons Library.

Martin Wallace at University of Texas Arlington and Tara Radniecki at University of Nevada Reno were awarded an IMLS grant to investigate and identify standards for maker competencies and to establish how makerspaces impact undergraduate student learning. After a highly competitive process, including a national survey, observations, an interview, and a site visit, Boise State made it to the top of the list of partners.

“From the very beginning of the MakerLab, Amy and her colleagues have worked tirelessly to make sure that the maker space was more than a room with technology,” said Tracy Bicknell-Holmes, dean of Albertsons Library. “Their work has focused on integrating maker technology into instruction and developing a space welcoming to non-traditional students, to recruit them into making. Participation in this grant is well-deserved recognition for their efforts.”

Faculty and students at the MakerLab at Albertsons Library work to make the space as accessible as possible so that everyone, regardless of background or major, feels welcome. The campus makerspace is made up of two parts: Albertsons Library’s MakerLab and the Make It space supported by the College of Innovation and Design. In this growing collaboration, innovative teams work together to offer excellent services to students.

The grant is focused on further integrating maker-based education into the undergraduate curriculum. Librarians at Albertsons Library will work to collaboratively revise assignments to align with maker competencies.

The makerspace is available to everyone on campus regardless of major and is free for students to use. The makerspace has six 3D printers. Each LulzBot printer is used about 1,000 hours per month, running approximately 12 hours per day. Three hundred reservations are made each month to use the printers and more than 500 students have used the makerspace this year. The Make It class offers course credit for conducting maker research.

Stop by Library 201A from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday to gain access to this technology. If you would like to have your course embedded in the makerspace, or utilize any maker technologies, please contact Amy Vecchione at