Teen Design Day workshop at Champaign Public Library

Mix IT Up! scholars recently attended the “Teen Design Day” workshop at the Champaign Public Library, on October 6, 2014. Led by Ann Bishop, professor emerita in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois and InfoMe researcher, this workshop focused on ways to solve the problems of everyday life, by using materials that are already available to you in a different way. We used typical art supplies to build “solution prototypes” that we created ourselves to solve problems such as: the need for a bigger work space; an application that can be used to help with the stresses of traveling; and building a library that has an attached fitness gym. Take a look at the pictures below of the resources we used and some of the solution prototypes that were created.

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G. Neri to speak at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center

Youth at the Champaign County Juvenile Detention Center are gearing up for G. Neri’s visit to the center on October 16th as part of the Youth Literature Festival. For the past three weeks, youth at the center have been reading his newest book Knockout Games in book clubs and discussing themes of race, violence, and social media. Neri’s other works have been popular at the center, especially Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty and Ghetto Cowboy. Neri’s newest work is set in St. Louis and has prompted much discussion about representations of race and violence especially as it relates to events surrounding the killing of Michael Brown.

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Mix IT Up! to present at IFLA

Mix IT Up! will participate in the upcoming International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, on August 16-22. We will present our poster “Mix IT Up!: Youth-Centered Engagement @ Your Library” on August 18 and 19 during the poster sessions. If you will be at IFLA this year, make sure to stop by to see what we have been up to.


Mix IT Up! awarded 3rd place @ ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

Mix IT Up! awarded 3rd place @ ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair

LIS Students, Youth and Community Collaboration
Joe Coyle, Tad Andracki, Jerrod Moore, Rae-Anne Montague, Jhani Miller
Las Vegas, Nevada – June 28, 2014


Mix IT Up! to present at Diversity and Outreach Fair

Mix IT Up! scholars and faculty will present a poster at the American Library Association’s Diversity and Outreach Fair on June 28th, 3-5pm. If you will be at ALA this year, make sure to stop by our poster to learn about all of the work we have been up to lately!



Queer Library Alliance at Children’s Literature Hawai‘i

Recently, two folks affiliated with Mix IT Up!—Rae-Anne Montague, primary investigator and professor of library and information science at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Tad Andracki, CCB Outreach and Communications coordinator—presented at the Seventeenth Biennial Conference of Children’s Literature Hawai‘i. Their talk covered aspects of using books with LGBTQ content with kids and teens and forming community partnerships to make sure that queer resources are selected and used to align with community needs. 

You can read more about their session—including seeing slides from their presentation—over on Tad’s blog. Below is a photo from the presentation, with Rae and Tad showing off books they’d particularly wanted to recommend.

Rae-Anne Montague and Tad Andracki at Children's Literature Hawai‘i displaying books from their presentation

Rae-Anne Montague and Tad Andracki at Children’s Literature Hawai‘i (photo credit: Christian DeLay)

The Digital Storytelling Workshop

The 7th grade ESL students at Jefferson Middle School completed an eight week digital storytelling workshop that I was lucky enough to instruct. The workshop was designed to guide students in the exploration of storytelling through the use of multi-media tools. The workshop was an inquiry- based learning program that included lessons on writing, photography,video,computer animation, audio recording and editing. The overall objective was to have the students incorporate their own skills and experiences with those newly learned skills, to create their own perception of their environment and themselves. 

The class completed three stages of the digital story process, pre-production, production, and distribution. Under pre- production the students wrote their narrative story. They created storyboards that illustrated what they wrote. They also gathered and organized all their media resources. In the production phase, students began to create visual media from their storyboards. This included video recording, online photo searches and drawings. All their work was then transferred to Windows Live Movie Maker to begin the editing process. The students  finalized their digital story by selecting their music and recording their voice over with a digital audio recorder. In the last phase, their completed stories were presented to their peers and distributed on the Mix It Up youtube channel. In conclusion, I believe that the workshop creates an awareness of the importance of diversity among peers, thereby allowing themselves and others to become  an effective community member.

–Ana Ortega

To see more digital storytelling video got to the mixitup lis (youtube channel) 


or click the individual links to see each digital story









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