There’s no doubt about it: We all move forward faster when we collaborate. One way SWON helps is by offering a variety of tech-to-lend and instruction and programming options for our members. However, we know that there are those out there in our community with great ideas just dying to be shared.
When it comes to technology, some of us may be bleeding-edge early adopters. Others may be curious, but unsure of what to do with so much new technology. Others may not be sure they have any need for such technology at all. Here is where we can come together and help each other.
Many of you have great technology, makerspaces, and maker programs in your libraries. Many more of you would love ideas for those cutting machines, 3D printers, Makey Makeys or even, maybe, drones. In December, SWON Libraries, in cooperation with Xavier University Library will be hosting an all-day event inspired by the team leader of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County's MakerSpace, Ella Mulford-Chinn who told us that many of you are looking nor just for the equipment, but for specific program ideas for your makerspaces.
If you have a program you would like to present at the event on December 6th at Xavier University’s Conaton Learning Commons, particularly if that program involves a particular piece of makerspace equipment, we’d love for you to share your ideas with your library community. We are looking for programs for all ages and on all types of maker equipment.
Please, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, institution, a brief description of the program and any equipment it uses or a description of your proposal for presentation. We will be looking for diversity in ideas and targeted ages, but all programs should generally fall more on the beginner skill level. Presentations will be 30 minutes long and should cover programs that you have already implemented.
If you don’t have any programs, but wish you did, then save the date for December 6th and we will be sharing more information on this workshop soon!
~ Cassondra Vick, MLIS
Tech Educator, SWON Libraries
Reminder: The First-Ever ConstructionSIG meets 8/9
Is your library thinking about renovating your space, making a new addition, or building an all new branch? Or is construction already well under way? Construction can be an exciting, but frightening venture, and there's no reason to do it alone. If your library is, will be, or has done construction, you could be a valuable member of SWON's new Construction special interest group. Come to our August meeting to hear about what others have learned during the renovation and construction process, swap ideas, and give advice of your own. Everyone is welcome, and there's no charge to participate in our meetings..