Call for Participation: Rural & Tribal Libraries

Call for Participation: Rural & Tribal Libraries

Jun 22, 2021

PLIX seeks library collaborators from rural and/or tribal libraries to co-design a toolkit for creative STEM learning.


Who we’re looking for

For this project, we are looking for library professionals who work in a rural and/or tribal library context and are involved in the design or facilitation of STEM / creative learning programs. Some of the questions we are hoping to work on together include:

  • What are the particular challenges of delivering STEM / creative learning activities to patrons in low-resource environments?
  • How might we adapt the design or create STEM learning activities / programs to better align with traditional ways of knowing?

If these issues connect to your work and you would be interested in collaborating with us, please consider applying.

The commitment

We expect that we will be spending about 10 hours: about half together in meetings which include time to brainstorm, review STEM learning activities, and discuss, and the other half working independently. We are also considering to do some video interviews and documentation where appropriate.

Together, we will be looking at professional development materials for creative learning facilitators and beta-testing several PLIX activities (Beautiful Symmetry, Space Food, Urban Ecology, Paper Circuits, and Inflatables) to make sure they can be used in a wide variety of contexts.

Benefits to you and your library

We know that all of you are incredibly busy and appreciate the time any participating library professionals would invest. We will be offering all participants a $200 honorarium and will provide materials and supplies for all of the STEM activities we will work on together (approximate value of $150).


Application and selection process

While we've chosen our first 10 participants to start working with us in late August, we will be launching a second, larger co-design group this winter. You are welcome to apply below for the second phase before our application deadline of Friday, December 10th, 2021.

We may have more interest than spots available, and we acknowledge that rural and tribal libraries are full of amazing staff! As in the first phase, we will choose a group of co-designers that is diverse in the patrons they serve, where their libraries are located, and how much prior experience they have with PLIX activities. Newbies and longtime friends, and all those in-between are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to those working in libraries in remote communities and/or who serve mostly low-income patrons.

This project focuses on library professionals who work in (not "with") rural or tribal libraries, but PLIX’s regular offerings are open to all!

This work is supported by a grant from the MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab.







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