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D104/D105 – Makerspace Info Blitz!

Monday, April 7, 2014
3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
, Head, John F. Gummere Library, William Penn Charter School
, Head of Technical Services, Eisenhower Public Library District
, Assistant Head of Reference Services, Eisenhower Public Library
, Assistant Head of Children's Services, Darien Library
, Branch Manager, Lorain Branch, Cleveland Public Library
, Knowledge Manager, Cleveland Public Library
, TechCentral Manager, Cleveland Public Library
, TechCentral Coordinator, Cleveland Public Library
, Fab the Library!, Bibliotheekservice Fryslân and FabLab Benelux Foundation
, Founder/Owner, Extelligentsia

Hear lots of examples of library makerspace programs. Be inspired and gain insights and ideas from our practitioners. Uhlmann explores the current state of affordable 3D printers, including the necessary computer hardware and software for the printer, related peripherals such as 3D scanners and cameras needed to digitize 3D objects, as well as filament selection and environmental considerations. He shares technical and cost factors and more. The Bitters talk about The Raspberry Pi, a credit-card-sized computer that can be powered by a cellphone charger. Cheap ($35!) and simple, it can help introduce computer-shy users to the wonderful world of Linux and open-source coding. With a host of uses, from maker projects to minimalist computing, the Raspberry Pi is a low-cost, low-stress starting point for users of all ages to become more technologically savvy. She shares class curriculum and further resources for teaching patrons how to use the Raspberry Pi. Moore shares Darien Library’s experience with mini-makerspace for kids only, including programs and independent projects, and response to an environment where kids can learn, collaborate, create, and tinker. Lynce and Tripodis discuss developing a team of front-line staff to operate, develop, and promote the space and services using their TechCentral MakerSpace to illustrate both practical and nontraditional ideas that you can use to inspire the maker spirit in a diverse staff. Hoge and Diamond-Ortiz share best practices and success stories in developing maker-culture in libraries. de Boer describes FryskLab (, a mobile FabLab, the first in Europe. It creates a healthy interest in technology and maker skills, stimulating digital literacy. In a community with a strong history in cultural craftsmanship, the mobile FryskLab had support in schools, small villages, and companies and has a strong collaboration with education. Hear more about their project and plans to organize an open product design session for librarians.

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