Academic Projects

Below is a selection of projects I completed during my MLIS coursework at Pratt Institute (2018-2019). Please contact me if you have any further questions on any of these projects, or would like to re-use, or re-purpose any of them for your own educational purposes!

VISUALIZING LITERARY GENRES: A DESIGN PROJECT

This activity has two parts, the first being the brainstorming terms associated with different literary genres, and the second component being the creation of the digital word cloud. The thought paper for this project, including a rationale and visualizations, can be viewed here. A corresponding handout can be viewed here. This design project was designed, and submitted as a class assignment for Growing Up Digital (Pratt Institute 2019, Professor Bowler). 

POSTER PRESENTATION: BUILDING DIGITAL EMPATHY IN YOUNG PEOPLE

This poster was created for a gallery walk of topics regarding children and digital technology. My poster discusses utilizing the internet in order to build digital empathy, rather than strictly pointing to common risks such as cyberbullying. The poster attempts to bring to light positive affordances of the Internet. A PDF of the poster can be viewed, or downloaded here. This poster was created for Professor Bowler’s Growing Up Digital course (Pratt Institute, Spring 2019).

DESTINY DISCOVER PATHFINDER: ‘BERKELEY CARROLL LIBRARY SCAVENGER HUNT!’

This Scavenger Hunt is designed as a pathfinder activity for the Destiny Discover library catalog app, used in several independent schools. This idea came from my work in the Berkeley Carroll Middle School library, where each student has a personal device (iPad, or Chromebook), which the Destiny Discover app is installed on.  This scavenger hunt was designed, and submitted as a class assignment for a Museum and Library Education course (Pratt Institute 2019, Professor Baumann). It is intended to be used as a library orientation activity during the 2019-2020 school year at Berkeley Carroll Middle School.

‘SPROUTING INTO SPRINGTIME’ STEAM PROGRAM

This STEAM program was designed for a Programming, Services, and Resources for Early Childhood class (Pratt Institute 2019, Professor Bowler). The program is called ‘Sprouting Into Springtime,’ and its purpose is to provide young children ages 4-5 with the materials, and skills to plant their own seeds in a mason jar The project deliverables included: A lesson plan; A promotional flyer & a bookmark with recommended resources, and seed jar care tips

BUILDING AN LGBTQIA+ COLLECTION IN A YOUTH LIBRARY

This presentation aims to address the collection development needs, and methods for building an LGBTQIA+ resource collection in a youth library. This presentation includes the importance in building an LGTBQ+ collections, barriers towards doing so, methods to aid in the process, and a case study in which an LGBTQ+ collection development process was implemented in a school library, to support a curricular need. The slides for this presentation can be viewed hereThis presentation was created as a final project for a Collection Development class with Professor Amy Ballmer (Pratt Institute, 2019).

‘JUST JEW-ISH’: AN ANNOTATED RESOURCE BLOG FOR JEWISH TEENS

This ‘Just Jew-Ish’ Tumblr was created for Professor Jennifer Hubert Swan’s Young Adult Literature and Literacy course (Pratt Institute, Fall 2018), and presented as a final project. The purpose of the site was to collect resources for any teenager (or young adult), who considers Jewishness part of their identity.

‘BULLET JOURNALING IN THE LIBRARY’: A TEEN PROGRAMMING PROPOSAL

This programming proposal was for incorporating the bullet journal organizing method into a school, or public library environment. The scope of the proposal includes a brief overview of bullet journaling, ideas for “pitching” the program, justifications for the program, a project timeline, and more resources on facilitating the program. A view-only link to the presentation slideshow can be found here. This proposal was presented as a final project for Professor Jennifer Hubert Swan’s Building Youth Communities and Collections course (Pratt Institute, Spring 2018). The slideshow was also consulted in the Berkeley Carroll Middle School, as part of the 7th Grade team’s efforts to provide organizing tips to the students. 

‘TEACHING DIGITAL LITERACY’: A DIGITAL LITERACY TOOLBOX

This website is meant to act as a digital literacy ‘toolbox’ of resources for school librarians, School Library Media Specialists and youth librarians. Each page on the site reflects a different aspect of digital literacy – including topics such as: Digital Citizenship, Media Mentorship, and Cultural Competency in the Digital Age. Within each page there is a brief overview of the topic, as well as links to further resources and readings. This site was created for Professor Monica Maceli’s Information Technologies course (Pratt Institute, Spring 2018), and was co-created with Pratt School of Information graduate Carolyn Dellinger.

‘JOURNALISM IN THE LIBRARY: CREATING A MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWSPAPER’: A MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMMING PROPOSAL

This programming proposal was for creating a middle school newspaper in the library. The scope of the proposal includes goals & objectives, a timeline, ideas for community partnerships, and more! A view-only link to the presentation slideshow can be found hereThis proposal was created for Professor Jennifer Hubert Swan’s Building Youth Communities and Collections course (Pratt Institute, Spring 2018), and was pitched to middle schoolers from Little Red School House (LREI, New York, NY).