Makerspaces and Libraries: Advocacy, Needs, and Moving Forward
Makerspaces in all types of libraries have common needs. Through a panel presentation we will present the ways in which makerspaces address information needs of library users, and provide a frame to create a unified path forward to establish guidelines, standards, and support for makerspaces in libraries. How might we establish a shared advocacy platform to generate support for all types of makerspaces? Learn from panel presenters about the goals of makerspaces in public, school, and academic makerspaces, and generate awareness regarding how this important work advances all kinds of literacies.
Amy E. Vecchione Associate Professor and Unit Head of the Emerging Technologies and Experiential Learning Unit, Albertsons Library Boise State UniversityAmy E. VecchioneAssociate Professor and Unit Head of the Emerging Technologies and Experiential Learning Unit, Albertsons Library Boise State University
Amy is a library leader. She is a researcher and practitioner who uses evidence to improve library service.
Erik CarlsonLibrarian II, White Plains Public Library
Erik Carlson built and works in the Makerspace at the White Plains Public Library. He coordinates ad teaches a variety of classes for the public to learn STEM related skills. Erik has been working with the Maker Tech Interest Group for several years and is now enjoying his retirement from the committee.
Sarah NagleCreation and Innovation Services Librarian, Miami University
Sarah Nagle is Creation and Innovation Services Librarian at Miami University in Ohio, where she supports transdisciplinary projects and curricula relating to a variety of maker and innovation topics. Sarah’s research interests include the culture of making, and how maker-centered learning can enhance learning in higher education, both in informal environments and the classroom.