October 27-29 Monterey Marriott
Monterey, California
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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Workshops at Internet Librarian include one full-day academy, Searchers Academy, along with a wide array of half day workshops on topics including information architecture, trends, Drupal, makerspace, negotiating, metrics, designing space, and more.

W3 - Makerspace NA Library Landscape

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ken Roberts, Consultant, Ken Roberts Library Consulting & Former Chief Librarian, Hamilton Public Library
Lauren Britton, Researcher, Information Institute of Syracuse, Doctoral Student, Information Science and Technology, Syracuse University & Researcher, Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington

This interactive workshop looks at the maker evolution over the last 4 years. It provides data on both Canadian and U.S. spaces illustrating the types of programs and services being established and developed. If you are considering starting a program in your community, this workshop provides lots of insights, ideas, and practices to build and develop your program. It looks at the services and resources of both successful and challenged initiatives. It discusses financing, sustainability, and community engagement for the maker movement. It tackles the tough questions in a collaborative effort: Are makerspaces one of five key initiatives that public libraries are using to ensure they remain relevant as an OCLC survey says? Are they adopted because it is trendy or because it’s part of a fundamental engagement with core issues? Why are these spaces so popular? What challenges do they create? Is a library truly the best home for a community’s makerspace? What is the difference between a makerspace, a fab lab and a discovery center? In a time of sustained and rapid change, how do we develop our skills as librarians in these creation spaces to meet the needs of our communities? What does it mean to be a librarian in a makerspace? How do these spaces impact communities: Who is included and who is excluded?

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