The Octavia Lab at the LA Public Library Joins the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network 

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Bob Jobin 

Berkeley, CA, May 25, 2022 — Joining a network of colleagues across the country, the YOUmedia Learning Labs Network is thrilled to extend affiliate status to The Octavia Lab based at the Los Angeles Public Library. Read the rest »

Looking back and imagining forward: The YOUmedia Network in 2020

Wheat-pasted image on adandoned storefront window; shows bear in pink shirt holding sign that says "WE"RE IN THIS TOGETHER"

Last year marked a global pandemic, political violence and racial reckoning that impacted how we work and live. As a community of practice, we and our young people were first overwhelmed by a year-long pandemic and polarizing rhetoric surrounding science, followed by nationwide protests against racialized state violence, systematized from our country’s 400-year legacy of racial violence and finally, faced the radicalized and conspiratorial shift in our nation’s politics. Read the rest »

Announcing the Final Two Resources from the Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries Project

Two people working with post-it notes at the wall.

For the past four years, the Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries (CCLL) project has partnered with libraries across the country in support of their ability to evaluate their connected learning programs and spaces. Through frequent meetings, consultations, and workshops, the CCLL team has learned about each library’s unique evaluation needs and either directed library staff to already available tools and resources, or helped them build tools to best serve their evaluation needs. Read the rest »

Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries Case Study Series Wraps Up With Practical Lessons Learned

A teacher and two young people working to build something together.

Authored by Amanda Wortman, published originally for the Connected Learning Alliance

As the Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries (CCLL) project comes to a close, we are excited to share the final installment in our series of case studies, created based on the evaluation work we’ve done with our partner libraries. Read the rest »

Richmond, VA: The MiX

Why A Makerspace Popped Up in a Museum

Most people wouldn’t think of science as quirky, but if they’d witnessed a posse of orange, papier-maché robotic pumpkins racing down the hall at the Science Museum of Virginia (SMV), in Richmond, Virginia, they might re-think that image. Over the past several years, libraries, museums and community centers around the country have opened “makerspaces” where young people can come and play with equipment they may not have at home — like 3D printers or circuitry boards. Read the rest »