Libraries have been places of discovery and learning for a long time, but they are now taking it a step further, thanks to the makerspace movement, by providing an initial spark for ideas that may grow into an intellectual flame down the road. A makerspace is a collaborative learning environment where people of all ages and with common interests (e.g., science, technology, engineering, arts, and math — STEAM) can meet, socialize and/or collaborate while sharing innovative ideas and learning new skills. People can now visit their local library makerspace and gain hands-on experiences with emerging technologies that they probably do not have access to otherwise. Lifelong learning is a vital component for the continued success of libraries and makerspaces are just another aspect helping to make all this happen.
In this webinar:
Learn how to create a library makerspace on little to no budget.
Discover the process/resources used to maintain an engaging makerspace that will thrive for many years.
Understand wholeheartedly that the library makerspace is a perfect place to share emerging technologies with patrons, so that they can become well-informed citizens and responsible users of technology.
Gain an appreciation as to what other libraries are doing in this new exciting space.
Acquire numerous programming ideas to help foster creativity and learning.
Survey the emerging technology landscape for new learning prospects to include in your makerspace.
Create a growing “Rolodex” of opportunities for partnerships to help boost your makerspace outreach.
Original broadcast August 31, 2106
Chad Mairn ~ Biography
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, adjunct professor, manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College.
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. Chad also plays drums in Fowler’s Bluff, a local rock band with their own craft beer with the same name, who has just recently released their third album.
Chad’s contact information can be found here: https://about.me/chadmairn