Empowering Creativity: Exploring Makerspaces and Engaging STEM Programming in Libraries

Makerspaces are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries, they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Forward-thinking libraries are already building their own dedicated makerspaces and developing valuable STEM programming based on the tools and technologies found therein. Learn all about the essential tools and technologies found in makerspaces and how you can host engaging STEM programming using technology such as Raspberry Pis, wearable electronics, virtual reality, and robotics, whether you have a dedicated makerspace or not!

Takeaways

  • Learn about the array of maker tools ranging from hi to low-tech
  • Explore more than ten exemplary library makerspaces
  • Learn about ten different maker programs that can be run in your library today (with or without a makerspace!).

Instructor: Ellyssa Valenti Kroski

Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Innovation and Engagement at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 75 books, including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI, for which she won the AALL’s 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/author/ellyssa.

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