Libraries have traditionally barred businesses and individuals from using the library as their place of business. Makerspaces have now blurred this line. How do libraries balance those old policies with modern Makerspaces and excited patrons who see business opportunities? How can libraries support this spirit of entrepreneurship with equipment and staff resources? This presentation will discuss the urgent need to adjust this balance to serve the library user of 2020 better.
Original broadcast March 11, 2020
Biography ~ Nick Tanzi
Nick Tanzi has been incorporating emerging technologies into the library as a children’s librarian, the founding member of a digital services department, and most recently, as the Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library. During this time, he has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on topics ranging from social media marketing to 3D printing. He is the author of Making the Most of Digital Collections through Training and Outreach (2016), and Best Technologies for Public Libraries (2020). He writes “The Wired Library” column for Public Libraries Magazine. Tanzi was named a 2017 Dewey Fellow by the New York Library Association, and currently serves as President of its Making and STEAM Round Table.