Learning Resources for LSTA Pilots of the Montana State Library
What is LSTA?
Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) funds are awarded annually to all state library agencies, including the Montana State Library, by the Institute of Museum & Library Services. MSL uses this award to fund many programs and projects in support of Montana libraries, including limited projects called pilots. A pilot, as defined by the Montana State Library Network Advisory Council, is a one-time endeavor undertaken to learn about, test, plan for, and determine the scope of an effort.
Montana Makers makerspace kits are available to all Montana libraries for a 3 month checkout. The kit comes in a 48 gallon Rubbermaid trunk and looks like this:
You can find the application and other paperwork for hosting a makerspace on the LSTA Pilots info page.
About Makerspaces and Making Culture
IMLS Talking Points: Museums, Libraries, and Makerspaces(pdf)
What to Do with your Maker Kit!
Getting Started with Arduino
Arduino project ideas from Instructables
Multiple Blinking LEDs on the Arduino
How to set up your MaKey MaKey
TED Talk featuring MaKey MaKey
Raspberry Pi Tutorials
”So You Have a Raspberry Pi – Now What?” (Make: Magazine)
Raspberry Pi projects from Instructables
Snap Circuits website
Snap Circuits Project Wiki
Squishy Circuits website
Squishy Circuits projects from Make: Magazine
The Library as Incubator Project
Lunar and Planetary Institute – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Where Do They Belong in Your Library?
The Show-Me Librarian – All Things STEAM
Simply STEM – Complete Program Plans, by Librarians, for Librarians
The Unquiet Librarian – Teen Tech Week DIY 2014: Duct Tape, Squishy Circuits, and MaKey MaKey
YALSA STEM Resources Wiki
Making in Montana Libraries
Billings Public Library Teen Tech Lab
Missoula Public Library Makerspace