Date(s) - 09/11/2014
As libraries find ways to engage community and retool themselves as learning spaces for content creation, many are adopting the concept of makerspaces. A makerspace is is a place where people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. In this two hour course, participants will explore the conceptual model of “makerspaces” and “hacking” as a form of lifelong learning and how that mindset of creation, networked learning, and collaborative learning spaces aligns with the mission of lifelong learning in public, academic, and school libraries. The course will examine best practices for starting up makerspaces in libraries and share specific examples of how public, academic, and school libraries are infusing makerspace culture into their programming and services.
- Define makerspace and identify characteristics and qualities of makerspaces
- Identify resources for learning about makerspaces
- Identify action steps for designing and implementing a makerspace in a library
- Apply the concepts of makerspaces and scale them to your own library program
- Understand how the concepts of makerspaces can elevate community building and lifelong learning in libraries
Originally broadcast February 11, 2014.
Biography ~ Russell Palmer
Russell Palmer is the Supervisor of Professional Development at LYRASIS. He writes, teaches, and speaks on a wide range of topics, including resource sharing, reference and information services, collection development and information literacy. Russell previously worked as Instruction and Outreach Coordinator at Mercer University. Russell has been invited to speak at state, regional, national, and international conferences, including LOEX, LOEX of the West, and the Reference Renaissance. He earned his MLIS at Florida State University, and his AB in English at the University of Georgia.