Pushing the Limits is a collection of resources for public libraries that includes customized, online professional development about informal science learning (ISL) and public library STEM program materials. Pushing the Limits was originally funded by the National Science Foundation in 2010 to create an initial set of four public library programs and the accompanying professional development materials.
Tiki:Mojo Creative Services built the original Pushing the Limits web site, and in 2016 we delivered a vastly improved and expanded site. In 2023 the third and final version was delivered and that’s what you see now at pushingthelimits.org.
The 2016 site was built on WordPress and included a number of features to serve it’s audience of Librarians:
- A membership management system was used to automatically direct users to the correct section of the web site for them, while also hiding the parts of the site that they didn’t have permission to see.
- Community forums run by bbPress provided participating librarians with a persistent discussion area, integrated with the membership management system.
- Extensive professional development materials, including videos and downloadable documents.
- Clever “mega” menus.
- The entire site was designed to be edited by client staff.
Pushing the Limits content was produced entirely by Dawson Media Group.
(click below to show screenshots of the 2016 version)