Register now for this exciting look at the development and maintenance of
maker spaces in the academic library environment.  NISO’s December webinar,
scheduled for *Wednesday, December 14, 1pm-2:30pm*, offers a roster of
experts sharing practical knowledge of successfully integrated maker
spaces! Read what's being covered in this 90 minute session!

*NISO Webinar*

*Make it at the Library: How Does Library Technology Support Makerspaces*

*Wednesday, December 14, 2017, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, EST*

The movement to help support the “maker” culture in libraries has grown and
and is creating vibrant groups centered around the library in many
communities. Beyond purchasing equipment and the tools necessary to produce
objects, what does the library need to do to support these innovation
spaces? How do traditional library services and information management
support these communities and new tools? This session will explore how some
of the most successful makerspaces were created and how they incorporate
traditional library services. During this session, speakers from three
institutions that have implemented makerspaces will discuss how they
integrate traditional services into their maker initiatives. Here’s what
they will be talking about:

*Is There a Role for a Library-Based Makerspace in a Liberal Arts
School?George Meadows*, Professor, College of Education, University of Mary

The ThinkLab, a Library-based Makerspace, was developed as a collaborative
effort on the part of the Simpson Library, the College of Education, and
the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies. The site is equipped
with 3D scanners and printers as well as a wide variety of tools and
building materials, including soldering kits, microcontroller boards and
circuit components, Styrofoam cutters, and basic hand tools. The ThinkLab
has served as the site for a number of classes, some specific to
makerspaces, but most using the space as a workshop for course-related
projects. While the ThinkLab is still an active site, a number of questions
regarding its future have arisen, including such issues as who can/should
use the space, budget considerations, and University support. These
questions lead to the bigger issue of the role (if there is a role) for a
Library-based Makerspace in a relatively small Liberal Arts school. The
development of a second, very active Makerspace in the College of Education
has made this issue a bit more complicated. In this webinar I will discuss
the role of the ThinkLab, with examples of some past and ongoing projects
and discuss the questions and issues described above. I will also briefly
describe the role of the College of Education makerspace in developing and
supporting makerspaces in local public and K-12 school libraries.

*Creating a Digital Maker Space in the Academic LibrarySara Gonzalez*,
Science Librarian, University of Florida

Digital making includes Arduino scripting, creating virtual and augmented
reality experiences, and mobile app development. This type of space can be
standalone or partnered with a more traditional makerspace offering
fabrication tools such as 3D printing and laser cutting. This flexibility
creates options for libraries that lack the infrastructure or resources for
a dedicated makerspace but still want to offer maker tools to their
patrons. This presentation will describe the development of the University
of Florida’s MADE@UF lab, a digital makerspace located in the science
library that provides workstations, software, devices, and support for
mobile app and virtual reality development.

*Making Ends Meet: What Library Makerspaces Need to SucceedJohn J. Burke*,
Library Director & Principal Librarian Gardner-Harvey Library, Miami
University -- Middletown.

Makerspaces can be easy to start in academic libraries: just buy a 3D
printer and you’re in business, right? But before you start collecting
tools and technologies, what questions should you ask, and what
possibilities should you consider to help your makerspace stay running
beyond your first equipment failure? The creator of an academic library
makerspace will share what he and his team have learned over the last 2 ½
years along with lessons drawn from interviews with other library makers.
The TEC Lab at Miami University Middletown grew from placing a 3D printer
on the circulation desk, then gathering craft materials and equipment into
a corner of the library, and now inhabiting a dedicated makerspace room
with a laser cutter and a growing array of user expectations. What inspires
new additions to makerspaces, and how can you stay ahead of needs to add
skills and teach new users? The presentation will include a discussion of
budgets, programming options, and ways to sustain your makerspace.
Attendees will gain a practical perspective of daily operations and the
requirements for supporting a variety of making activities.

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