All outfits were made by teens at the Gwinnett County Public Library, using library sewing machines and other equipment that is part of our Learning Labs. This was the culminating runway show for the Fashion Project that had been ongoing for 6 weeks. Full gallery of images can be seen here.
Presented as part of the Library 2.016 Worldwide Virtual Conference, Library as Classroom.
On the latest episode of TWiP’s Street Focus, photographer Valerie Jardin interviews The Copyright Guys (photographer Jack Reznicki and trial lawyer Ed Greenberg). Shortly after the twenty-minute mark they begin a very interesting conversation on photography in public libraries. Worth listening to if you’re interested in such issues.
I hope you’ll join me for our discussion at the next Computers in Libraries conference where I’ll be speaking with my friend and co-worker, Christopher K. Baker, on the positive and negative experiences we’ve had hosting our 3D design and printing events:
A successful and viable Maker program is more involved than simply buying a 3D printer. This session explores the issues that exist behind the scenes, such as staff training, partnership formation, deciding between a “camp” and a “space”, and the many other issues that must be tackled when your library considers moving into the area of STEM outreach through Maker-style initiatives. It also shares how the program engages the community and has an impact with many of its constituents!
Crafting the Successful Maker Program
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Track D-202 – 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m
Since the American Library Association (ALA) announced its collaboration with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation’s The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, in 2012, the organizations have provided a variety of venues for libraries to engage deeply with the question of how they can and should enable change in their communities. At the upcoming ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Institute will lead a series of four hands-on workshops on Turning Outward To Lead Change in Your Community. However, Harwood is also leading this change beyond the conference circuit, holding longer, more intensive Innovators Labs for libraries. The first took place Oct. 8–10, 2014, at the Loudermilk Convention Center in Atlanta. Michael Casey, Division Director, Information Technology at Gwinnett County Public Library, GA, and an LJ Mover & Shaker, attended the lab and reports below, giving Midwinter attendees a hint of what they might find in the sessions.