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Makerspaces – Free Webinar Series Starts 10/15

2012 October 11
by Christina Manz

ALA TechSource and Library BoingBoing are sponsoring a free series of four webinars, Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. Each webinar will be an hour-long exploration of a makerspace (also known as a “fab lab,” for fabrication lab)  implemented in a library, followed by a Q&A with a staff panel.

Makerspaces are taking hold in the library world and they are spreading quickly, popping up in libraries of all types and sizes. Makerspaces give people a place to pursue their own interests in building things, using tools (physical or virtual) and connecting with one another. Libraries have expanded on traditional library services to provide DIY/craft/make services, setting up spaces within their buildings and within their communities that allow people to do anything from building model airplanes to 3-D printing to self-publishing novels.

Each session is a visit to another Makerspace in another library, register now and see them all!

•Monday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m Central: Westport (Conn.) Public Library
•Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, 1 p.m Central: Cleveland Public Library
•Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 1 p.m Central: Detroit Public Library
•Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, 1 p.m Central: Carnegie Library (Pittsburgh)

There will be a Q and A with panelists following the presentation.

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