Welcome to the website for the Information-Creating Behavior in Learning Labs and Makerspaces project, funded by the 2014 IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) Laura Bush 21st Century Program Early Career Development Grant ($354,367). Led by Dr. Kyungwon Koh (Principal Investigator), Assistant Professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, the research team is investigating how teens create information while they engage in project-based, guided-inquiry STEM learning in different Learning Labs.

This is a three-year project (June 2014- May 2017). The first phase of the study is being conducted in Norman, OK in 2014 with partnerships between the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, Norman Public Schools, and the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. In 2015, the PI will visit different Learning Labs funded by IMLS to collect data in different settings.

The findings on how youth create information will inform a groundbreaking approach to information literacy instruction that teaches not only information seeking and use but also information creation and presentation.

If you have any questions or comments on this project, please contact Dr. Kyungwon Koh at kkoh@ou.edu.

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This project was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Early Career Development program [RE-07-14-0048-14] and the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Fellowship.

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