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Monday, October 8, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Makerspaces are MainSTREAM - Now What?

It goes without saying that makerspaces and the "maker movement" have become extremely popular in the last five years. This movement has been going on for about a decade, with the first official Maker Faire happening in 2006. According to Public Libraries Online, the first makerspace in a public library was created in 2011 at the Fayetteville Free Library in New York and since then dozens of makerspaces have been established in libraries, museums, and schools throughout the country. Libraries of all kinds now have spaces (whether public, school, or academic) and people of all ages utilize these spaces and equipment for many different reasons. Although “makers” (also called inventors/tinkerers/etc) have always existed, they have a new ability through the use of technology to share ideas with one another faster and easier than ever before - which is part of the reason that this movement has grown so much in recent years. 

Most library staff are aware of the maker movement and even work in/around makerspaces, but are we utilizing them the best we could? What sort of new programming can one develop around a 3D printer, sewing machine, and other DIY-technology for people of various age groups? How do we advertise our space? Where can we learn about best practices? If you've asked yourself any of these questions, Make It Easy is the workshop for you! Join us for this free workshop as we learn how to best utilize our maker technology. Experienced staff and beginners are all welcome to come learn tips and tricks from professional experts in our region. Attendees will obtain practical and applicable advice 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 you don't have a dedicated space for your DIY patrons. Finally, there will also be a technology petting zoo! 

Presentation Topics Include:

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 Baldoni, Emerging Technology Programmer at Kenton County Public Library, 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. 

Overcoming the Intimidation Factor
During this session, Christian Sheehy, Xavier Universty Digital Initiatives Librariesn, 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!


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 - TBA
3 pm - End of workshop

In the collaborative spirit of the maker movement, we ask all attendees to bring a brief program outline of a maker activity they've had success with at their library to share with everyone! 

More details will develop in the next few weeks and follow in e-mails to all attendees - register today and save your spot at this free event and receive updates!

Emily Wages, MLIS
Emergent Trends & Technology Educator, SWON Libraries


Level-Up Lab: Working with the Deaf Community

In this free level-up lab presented by SWON, Chantelle Phillips from the Newport Branch of the Campbell County Public Library will share her experiences of programming for the Deaf community over the past three years along with Amy Nitschke, a professional interpreter,  who will provide insight into Deaf culture and communicating with Deaf patrons.

Chantelle Phillips, Assistant Director of the Campbell County Public Library system as well as Manager of the Newport Branch, has been in libraries for nearly 20 years and worked in nearly every service area  – from shelving to circulation to storytimes to adult programming to management.

Amy Nitschke is a professional interpreter, mother of three, and wife to an amazing husband.  She graduated from Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in 2007 with an Associate degree. In 2017 she completed her BA in liberal studies and is currently working on her Master’s Degree. She passed her Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf written exam in 2008 which spurred her on to become nationally certified through this professional organization. In July 2010 she passed her performance piece of her national certification test thus making her a Nationally Certified Interpreter. She has worked in various industries while interpreting including medical, educational, government, and industry sites. Most recently she has become a mentor to young interpreters wanting to become certified. She mentors them through this process by evaluating skill and discussing ethical and situational ideas. Her heart is in teaching and mentoring young interpreters in their professional growth. 


Working with the Deaf Community
11/13/2018 - Campbell County Public Library, Newport branch
901 East Sixth Street
In the President's Room
Newport, Kentucky  41071

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PCI Webinar - Marketing Your Programs and Services to Millennials

Learn how to market your library’s programs and services to ages 18-35 through a combination of in-house marketing, social media, email newsletters, and branded content. This presentation will look at digital trends, the habits and interests of Millennials and Gen Z, and provide practical solutions to help libraries reach young adults.


Marketing Your Programs and Services to Millennials
$Free for employees of Supporting Member Institutions
$15 for members in our Ohio service area
$20 for everyone else
10/30/2018- Online

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      Fall Summer Reading Program Workshop 2018 - A Universe of Stories
$40 and up
10/17/2018 - Clark County Public Library, Springfield, Ohio 45506

OKI Children's Literature Conference 2018
$85 before 10/13
11/03/2018 - Thomas More College Crestview Hills, KY

PCI Webinar - Yoga Storytime 101
FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions $15 for everyone in Ohio $20 for everyone else
11/15/2018 - Online


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Take note of these selected events in the coming weeks and months

      SWON Fall 2018 Membership Meeting
11/15/2018 - Wright Memorial Public Library 1776 Far Hills Avenue Downstairs Meeting Room Oakwood, Ohio 45419

Public Library Adult Program Planners Network Special Interest Group Meeting (PLAPPN)
12/5/2018 - Kenton County Public Library, Covington Branch, Conference Room 2 502 Scott Blvd Covington, Kentucky 41011

Library Journal: Directors' Summit
12/6/2018 to 12/7/2018 - San Diego, CA

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