The University of San Diego is hosting its first weeklong STEAM Team Summer Academy for local middle school students from August 10-14 to participate in science, technology, engineering, art and math activities. Seventeen enthusiastic and creative learners from the Academy visited Copley Library on August 11th for a tour of the library and for discussions about internet safety, vetting online resources, and special items in Copley Library, like artists’ books. In addition, the library acquired a small collection of books on inventors of underrepresented populations for the students to use for research this week.
The students began their visit with a tour of the library by Reference Librarian Martha Adkins, and they remarked on seeing study areas, computers, and LOTS of books. Once in the library seminar room, the group worked with Reference Librarian Amy Besnoy to review the safest way to use the internet and social media tools, like Facebook. After understanding how to “wear a seatbelt” for safety when traveling on the World Wide Web, the students helped Amy scrutinize examples of reliable vs. untrustworthy websites using an evaluation checklist. One site, Dihydrogen Monoxide’s Research Division homepage, has “.org” in its domain name, but is just a fake site trying to trick people into banning water (H20)!
After sleuthing their way through hoax and real websites, the students examined qualities that make a book an artist’s book with Head of Technical Services Laura Turner and looked at nine of the artists’ books in Copley Library’s collection. All nine books had elements of concertina, or accordion, binding, a type of binding that is accomplished by folding a sheet of paper. During the session, each student crafted their own concertina artist book for recording information during their Academy week on the inventor of their choice.
Copley would like to thank the STEAM Academy coordinators, USD faculty members Odesma Dalrymple, Perla Myers, and Joi Spencer, for incorporating a trip to the library for the students!