How to Repurpose Library Space: Listening Lab Edition

Date(s) - 12/12/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



In 2008, iTunes “”listening stations”” were created in the library so students could have easy access to a large, albeit hidden, CD collection. Hundreds of CDs were digitized and added to an iTunes collection that was shared to other computers located inside the library. The idea was to be more like a record store where people can browse for and listen to music before they buy it; but, in this case, it would be before they bring the CDs home. Fast forward to 2018 and see the vision of this “Listening Lab” becoming more clear and distinct.

In this webinar:
– Learn how to digitize CDs and create a web page based on iTunes XML data.
– Discover how the donated/purchased music collection is being cataloged and shared.
– Explore a variety of programming ideas ranging from small concerts to workshops.
– Understand the basics of valuing CDs, vinyl, VHS, and other mediums.
– Highlight how people are using the space and interacting with the collection.
– Use technologies like 3D printing, graphic design, and videography for promotional purposes.

Register here for the live webinar or to have early access to the recording when it becomes available – all in this place! No need to register in a separate place for recording access.

Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.


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