Next meeting: April 8, 2015

Speaker:

Russell Palmer
Supervisor, Professional Development
LYRASIS

Meeting Location:

Post Road Branch, Forsyth County Public Library

Topic:

Libraries as Makerspaces

Description:

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 a place where people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects.

In this presentation, 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. Mr. Palmer will also 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.