Thursday, March 10 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Do It, Make It: Current Initiatives and Advice on Creating a Makerspace in Academic Libraries and Visual Resources Centers

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Do It, Make It: Current Initiatives and Advice on Creating a Makerspace in Academic Libraries and Visual Resources Centers

Makerspaces are DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries, they may have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, among other things. Our confirmed speakers, who have varied experiences with makerspaces, include the following individuals:  Megan Lotts is the Art Librarian at Rutgers. Lotts has extensive experience working with makerspaces, including hosting pop-up makerspaces and creating the Art Library Lego Playing Station that engages with design students. Cynthia Frank is the Architecture Librarian and Director of the Visual Resources Collection at the University of Maryland. Frank helps manage a library makerspace, and will discuss the set-up, training, and use of the makerspace as well as highlighting a student project using 3D printers for a History of Western Architecture class. Morgan Pershing is the Adult Services Librarian, Santa Clara City Library. Pershing created a low-cost creative art making space for adults in a public library. Chris Strasbaugh is the Director of Visual Resources at Vanderbilt University.  This presentation was a collaborative project that came through a partnership with Sara Sterkenburg, the Cataloging & Exhibition Services Librarian at Vanderbilt University.  The intial project was a general overview to create awareness of Makerspaces in the Nashville area.  The presentation goes further in discussing the role of 3D scanning and low-cost materials in a making center on campus.

Marsha Taichman, Visual Resources Librarian, Cornell University

Megan Lotts, Art Librarian, Rutgers University
Cynthia Frank, Architecture Librarian and Director of Visual Resources Collection, University of Maryland
Morgan Pershing, Adult Services Librarian, Santa Clara City Library
Chris Strasbaugh, Director of Visual Resources and Sara Sterkenburg,Cataloging & Exhibition Services Librarian, Vanderbilt University

Endorsed by the Education Committee (VRA)

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Marsha Taichman

VIsual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University
Embedded in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Taichman works with artists directly and helps them execute their research and maintain documentation related to their art. She has worked with museum archives and in gallery settings, and is interested in the challenges and... Read More →

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Cindy Frank

Architecture, Preservation, Planning Librarian, RA, University of Maryland
I am currently the LIbrary Assembly Chair so I would be happy to talk about shared governance. I am also the Diversity Officer for the Libraries, and as such I am co-chair of the Diveristy Advisory Committee. Campus-wide there is a Diversity Officer for each department or school or... Read More →

Megan Lotts

Art Librarian, Rutgers University

Morgan Pershing

Adult Services Librarian, Santa Clara City Library
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Chris Strasbaugh

Director of Visual Resources, The Ohio State University

Thursday March 10, 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Elliot Bay Room The Seattle Westin 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101

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