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Seeking librarian participants for a research study on the applications of single-board computers and microcontrollers in libraries:

**Study will begin recruiting in spring 2021**

Monica Maceli, Ph.D. is seeking participants for a research study designed to explore the current use and applications of low-cost and flexible “maker” technologies (such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino) employed in libraries to solve various problems (e.g., counting patrons, hosting an interactive informational display, among others). 

If you choose to take part in this study, you would be asked to do the following: 1) complete a brief demographic survey, which includes your prior or current use of single-board or microcontrollers within a library, and 2) participate in a virtual interview held via Zoom. The interview session will take approximately 45-60 minutes and will be audio-recorded.

In order to participate in this study, individuals must be 18 years of age or older, are currently using or have used a single-board computer or microcontroller to solve a problem within a library setting, currently are (or were at the time of the project) a librarian or employed by a library, and have access to a computer with Zoom, internet access, a microphone, and (optionally) a camera. 

Approximately 20 participants will be recruited for this study. Participants will receive a $75 Amazon.com gift card at the conclusion of the session.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions about the study, please contact Dr. Monica Maceli at mmaceli@pratt.edu to schedule your session. 


Research Interests

My research addresses: 1) information technology education, trends, and applications in the information science field, 2) the design and customization of information technology tools by end users, and 3) single-board computer and microcontroller applications in libraries, archives, and museums. 

My current research work explores emerging technologies in the library and information science field and the co-design of creativity tools over time.  A full list of my publications is available here.