STEAM @ VIRL: A Story of Library Tinkering


All aboard the STEAM train! In 2018, Vancouver Island Regional Library launched a STEAM initiative to bring more science, technology, engineering, arts, and math opportunities to customers across our geographically widespread service area. From using internal-use equipment to support STEAM programming in branches to circulating STEAM materials to support family learning at home, join VIRL staff for a glimpse into the nuts and bolts of this major undertaking. We’ll share our successes and challenges and discuss the realities, practicalities, and logistics we encountered throughout our STEAM planning journey. Learn about the origins of the project and see the end results: Programs in a Box, Tinker Totes, and a road show that took STEAM to some of our smallest rural communities.
The speakers at this presentation are librarians and information technicians at Vancouver Island Regional Library: Amy Dawley, Julie Carter, Ginger Warden, and Emma Ritchie.


Ann Dawley; Julie Carter; Ginger Warden; Emma Ritchie

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