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March 21 - 23, 2012
Hilton Washington
Washington, DC
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C202 Tinkerers: Maker Culture & Libraries

Thursday, March 22, 2012
11:30 AM 12:15 PM
, Librarian, Hamilton Public Library

John Seely Brown told the Internet Librarian 2011 audience that tinkering is essential for learning and this session looks at the maker culture, where people do-it-themselves or tinker! They are coders, fabricators, educators, and activists dedicated to the public sharing of information and knowledge and taking control of technology for themselves. Whether it is hacking gadgets, creating open source hardware and software, or even designing hi-tech apparel, maker spaces in local communities worldwide are helping people connect with technology in new ways. This session provides an introduction to maker culture, explains the essential role librarians can play in this movement, and discusses what it means for our relationship with and understanding of technology.

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