Steve Hargadon has christened today Connected Librarians Day, and I’ll be speaking at noon Eastern on “The Library as Makerspace”:
Defined as groups of creators who come together to design, plan, and create products using both digital and non-digital tools, makerspaces are popping up in library-centered conversations. While makerspaces can include cutting-edge technology, it takes more than 3D printers, computers, and robotics equipment to define them. It is the underlying non-competitive support and collaboration community that truly convert an activity into a makerspace. Ito et al (2013) define “connected learning” as “broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity” (p. 4). Makerspaces in libraries are an avenue to connected learning.
**UPDATE: View archived webinars from today’s session.