What:E301/302 l Makerspaces, Libraries, & the Social Good: Taking it to the Streets

Date: September 23, 2020

Resources: Session description 

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E301/302 l Makerspaces, Libraries, & the Social Good: Taking it to the Streets

Date: 9/22/2020 Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Time Format: Conference Session

Vecchione discusses how makerspaces impact the world around them. From the plastics that are used to the items users create, everything a makerspace does creates an impact. How can we, as makerspace leaders, ensure that we are designing a space and projects that benefit the social good? Learn about a framework you can use to enhance initiatives in sustainability with positive social impact. Create items benefitting communities, and take your makerspace to the next level, especially with partnerships with special education teachers, occupational therapists, and artists. Then speakers discuss makerspace community support and look at the many ways their libraries used their makerspaces and resources to support the recent health crisis. Many have stepped up to help manufacture 3D printed PPE. It is amazing what the 3D printing/maker community has done during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear what worked, what didn’t, and what was learned for future crisis situations. Get lots of tips and ideas from our speakers!


Amy Vecchione -Associate Professor & Unit Head, Boise State University

David Ecker – Director of iCreate , Stony Brook University

Jamie Bair – Experiential Learning Librarian, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

Noah Lenstra – Assistant Professor of Library & Information Science, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Department of Library and Information Science

Tod Colegrove – Executive Director and former State Librarian, Carson City Library