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SWON Presents: Make It Easy

Free! - Do you have a makerspace and aren't quite sure what to do with it? Or perhaps you are looking for DIY programs for your library? Join us for this free workshop as we learn how to utilize our makerspaces and technology best! Experienced staff and beginners are all welcome to attend and learn tips and tricks from professional experts in our region. We will also have a tech petting zoo!

When: 11/27/2018
10 am - 3 pm
Where: Kenton County Public Library, Erlanger Branch
401 Kenton Lands Road
Emily Bronte Room, adjacent to the STREAM Center
Erlanger, Kentucky  41018
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422 ext. 10

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Make It Easy

Most library staff are aware of makerspaces now and even work in or around them, but the question is: what do we do now? What sort of programs can you develop around a 3D printer, sewing machine, and other DIY-technology? How do we advertise our space and where can we learn about best practices? If you've asked yourself any of these questions Make It Easy is the workshop for you!

Attendees will obtain practical and applicable advice, tips, and programs for use in their makerspaces and beyond! Don't have a makerspace? That isn't a problem! These programs are geared toward helping anyone even if they don't have dedicated spaces for your DIY patrons. Best of all - the ticket to attend the event is free! Lunch is included as a separate $15 ticket if you would like a boxed lunch to be provided. 

We ask all attendees to think about and bring a program outline of a maker activity they've had success with at their library to share with everyone! More details about this will follow in e-mails to all attendees. 

Who should attend?

  • Adult, Teen, and Children's programmers
  • Individuals who work with technology in or around maker spaces
  • Any who are curious to learn more

Competencies Covered:

  • Core Technology Competencies
  • Adult and Older Adult Services
  • Children's Services
  • Patron Training
  • Young Adult Services


9:30 - 10:00 am - Registration, Introductions
10 - 11 am - "3D Printers: Troubleshooting 101" with Brandon Baldoni, Kenton County Public Library
11 - 1 pm - Show & Tell, Lunch, Tour
       11 - 1 pm - Show & Tell 
       12 pm - Lunch for those who purchased boxed lunches
       12: 20 - 12:50 pm - Tour of the STREAM Center
1 - 2 pm - "Overcoming the Intimidation Factor" with Christian Sheehy, Xavier University
2 - 3 pm - "Tech Talk Pep Talk" with Racheal Wodraska, Kenton County Public Library
3 pm - End of workshop

Programs and Presenters:

3D Printers: Troubleshooting 101.
3D printers are considered a staple in almost every makerspace format that can be seen. But what do you do when your 3D printer decides to act up? Brandon will discuss basic trouble shooting techniques to minimize your printer’s downtime. He will also be discussing basic do’s and don’ts that will save your staff time and hassle. There will also be some discussion about policies pertaining to 3D printers. 

Brandon Baldoni has worked at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library for 13 years. Originally starting out as a page and working all the way up to Emerging Technology Programmer. Brandon is an avid gamer that has logged serious hours on board and video games alike. Brandon has a diehard passion for makerspaces and enjoys tinkering of all kinds. 

Overcoming the Intimidation Factor
During this session, Christian will share his failures and successes with both public and academic makerspaces. He will provide concrete tips for engaging your users in exciting ways while helping them overcome the “intimidation factor” of using potentially complex (and expensive) equipment in an new and unfamiliar space. No matter what planning stage you are in for your makerspace, these tips will ensure you are better prepared for any unexpected challenges so you can stop worrying and start making!

Christian Sheehy joined Xavier University as Digital Initiatives Librarian in 2015 after 7 years of public library management experience. He has 13 years of post-secondary, public, and corporate teaching experience both in-person and online. He received his B.A. in English from Northern Kentucky University and his MLIS from Drexel University in Philadelphia. In his current role, he manages the digitization of Xavier’s Special Collections, the University's institutional repository, the University Library’s Makerspace, and digital initiatives across all disciplines. He serves nearly 100 faculty members as liaison to all of the science departments. When not teaching, tinkering with tech, or managing an institutional repository, he is often seen scribbling with a fountain pen while sipping gunpowder green tea. His complete CV, portfolio, and links to social media can be found at 

Tech Talk Pep Talk
First impressions can make or break a relationship, whether it be a job, a first date, or a patron using your makerspace. So how can we make sure that the first impression a patron gets of the makerspace will make them want to come back for more? An elevator speech of course! The first thing they hear about the makerspace should be all the cool things that the makerspace can do!We'll demonstrate how to do this. We’ll also talk about how to get fellow staff excited about the space too.

Racheal Wodraska started working at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library 7 years ago. She started out volunteering at the library when she was twelve and the instant she could get a job there she did. She started as a page and worked her way up to Emerging Technology Programmer. Racheal is an extreme crafter, everything from quilting to vinyl signs and paper crafts. Racheal frequently uses the equipment in the makerspace to do some of her crafting. She absolutely loves her makerspace and all the joy and creativity it brings to the community.

Show & Tell Presenters:

  • SWON
  • Kenton County Public Library
  • Xavier University


OLC accepts 4 CEUs.

KDLA accepts up to 4 CEUs. 

ISL accepts up to 4 LEU/TLEU.


Free for everyone!

Boxed lunch - $15


We can accommodate many special food requests. When you register, you will be given food choice options and a write-in area if you need to explain more. 

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