Gadgets, Makerspaces & Innovation @ Internet Librarian 2015


Guest post from Brian Pichman, Director, Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project

There is still time to register at Internet Librarian 2015 in lovely Monterey, California; October 25th – 28th. If you haven’t registered yet, be sure you do to check out some of these Internet Librarian exclusive events:

This year join Nate Hill, Tod Colegrove, and Brian Pichman as they launch an entire interactive workshop on Makerspaces, Idea Labs, and Hackerspaces. Joining them are individuals from littleBits, Hopscotch, LightUp, Twenty One Toys, Brown Dog Gadgets, and more. Get a chance to not only talk about makerspaces, build strategies for success, but also get a chance to play with some leading edge technology that is featured in makerspaces around the world. Learn about code writing, engineering, learning by failure all in this full day jam packed workshop. This workshop offers an opportunity to collaborate with other start-ups and help build your library into an incubation space for start-up culture.

Looking for something to do Sunday night? Join in on the first ever Games and Gadget night hosted in part with Monday Morning’s Opening Keynote Panelists. Get an opportunity to talk to Ilana Ben-Ari, founder of the innovative way to learn empathy and failure from her company called Twenty One Toys. Have a chance to meet Erin Mulcahy who manages the strategic initiatives of littleBits education. Talk to her about prototyping and creating using circuits to help foster innovation in your library space. Explore programming with Liza Conrad, head of community and partnerships

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Makerspace: the Recipe


I’m missing Creative Making in Libraries & Museums, a University of Toronto iSchool Institute Symposium, but thankfully the tweets are info-full. Here’s the recipe for the creative space from Maker Kids in Toronto that public and academic libraries are learning about today:

Dedicated space Real Tools Process over product Interest driven Kids teaching kids Kids teaching us Exhibition Community

Maker Kids is an example of one of the “collective community workshops known as Hackerspaces or Makerspaces that have grown worldwide from 124 in 2009 to over 500 in 2011.” They are “leading edge, providing one of the first kids’ Makerspaces, empowering all kids to be Makers. Our Makerspace has one big main area for most activities, plus a wordworking shop and a kitchen. It is a centre for ideas, inspiration and implementation – a resource centre for our community!”

  Thanks to Maker Kids for their presentation!  

MakerKids Recipe – Creative Making Conference from Andy Forest

Save the Date: Dysart & Jones / iSchool Institute Symposium on MakerSpaces


Jane Dysart and I have been busy planning a 2 day Summer symposium for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of information iSchool Institute. We’re focusing on building a series of Symposia on hot topics in libraries and this first one is on creative making in libraries and museums. We’re hoping to have something of interest to everyone in research, museum, academic, and public libraries. We’re also highlighting the work and research of the Semaphore Institute at the iSchool@Toronto including a tour of their research lab. I am really excited about this and we should have the registration site open soon but I wanted to get a save-the-date note out to you all today. So, if you’re looking into the opportunities in your program strategies for 3D printing and scanning, Arduino robotics, gaming, creative making (including publishing!) and the links to learning, business, entrepreneur incubators, curation and collection, and more,please consider registering. We think we’ve assembled a great team of experienced research and program leaders in North America and that the learning and interaction with others will be a key part of the symposium design. University of Toronto iSchool Institute Symposium in partnership with Dysart & Jones Associates

Creative Making in Libraries & Museums Monday & Tuesday July 22 & 23, 2013

One of the hottest trends today is FabLabs, 3D printing, Makerspaces and the connection of libraries and museums to creation and invention. It’s time for a symposium on the current landscape and a look at the opportunities for

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