Libraries Maker Professional Development

Free Online Makerspaces Conference for Librarians

Written by Lori Gracey

If you’re a librarian interested in makerspaces, have we got a virtual conference for you! And did we mention that it’s free?

The Library 2.017 Worldwide Virtual Conference from the San Jose State University School of Information is offering another outstanding virtual learning event on October 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CDT. This workshop for librarians focuses on the popular topic of makerspaces.

Makerspaces are popping up at libraries more and more these days. These creative outlets for tinkering, collaborating, problem solving, and learning provide a new dynamic for library services. Just like the individual projects made, no two library makerspaces are the same. During this free web conference, attendees will investigate how library makerspaces can foster community partnerships and provide a space for patrons to innovate through hands-on learning.

Confirmed keynote speakers for this exciting event include:

  • Heather Moorefield-Lang, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina
  • Dr. Kyungwon Koh, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, The University of Oklahoma
  • Dr. June Abbas, Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, The University of Oklahoma

Registration is free and will give you access to the live event and the event recordings, in case you can’t attend all of the live event. The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. Whether you are just thinking about starting a small makerspace in your library or have been doing it for years, this conference will help you grow and ensure that the space you create works for all students!


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Lori Gracey

Lori Gracey has 28 years of experience in education, with 22 years as a curriculum and technology director. She currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) and is responsible for training technology directors, administrators, curriculum supervisors, and teachers across the country. During her nine years in this position, she has led TCEA in membership and revenue growth, helped to pay off their building and purchase a new, larger building, and implemented new conferences, partnerships with other associations, and professional development opportunities for members and non-members. She serves more than 17,000 members and oversees a staff of 21. Lori is also on the board of the Texas Society of Association Executives and SXSWedu and recently served as the Regional Program Chair for the ISTE 2017 Convention in San Antonio.

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