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Wednesday, April 19 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Imagination in Action: Cultivating Creativity in the Library & Classroom

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Creativity has a unique manifestation for every individual, drawing on feelings, ideas, playfulness, and practical skills which are often connected to experiential learning and the Arts. Creativity can also be relaxing, fun, and a way to learn more about empathy and communicating with others. One of the greatest misconceptions about creativity is that it can only happen in a certain kind of space that is outfitted with technology or specialized equipment, which is not true. Creative learning and engagement can happen anywhere, and creative spaces need to be flexible and adaptable, but the rest emerges organically.

Because libraries are known as places to cross disciplinary boundaries, explore, and collaborate it is only natural to find creativity in our teaching and learning spaces. Throughout this session 
panelists will describe case studies involving “creativity” which have successfully captured students' imaginations while also achieving learning objectives. Speakers will share how creativity has inspired users to engage libraries through active learning and exploring collections, as well as demonstrate how providing people the space to be creative in libraries has led to rewarding and sometimes surprising results.

Session attendees will have an opportunity to participate in short active learning breaks, leave with a “creativity zine”, and be inspired to incorporate creativity into their library work.

Speakers (alphabetical order):
  • Jill Chisnell, Art and Design Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University Libraries
  • Megan Lotts, Art Librarian, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Siobhan McKissic, Visiting Design and Materials Research Librarian, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Amy Trendler, Architecture Librarian, Ball State University Libraries

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Amy Trendler

Architecture Librarian, University Libraries Ball State University, ARLIS/NA Past President
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Jill Chisnell

Art and Design Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University Library
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Megan Lotts

Art Librarian, Rutgers, the State Univerity of New Jersey

Siobhan McKissic

Visiting Design and Materials Research Librarian, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Wednesday April 19, 2023 2:00pm - 3:30pm CDT
Julian Av. Juárez 70, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico