Session Title

iLAB: Year One

Description

The Dakota County Library system in the Twin Cities suburban area converted two spaces in the Wescott branch to become an iLAB makerspace in 2016. From 3D printing/digital scanning to sewing/fabric crafts, photo scanning, and audio/video production, library staff selected equipment for the iLAB, learned basics of the equipment to get customers started, and have been working through first-year startup challenges. Are you thinking of adding maker equipment to your library? Join us to: * Hear about public library makerspace experiences from the perspectives of a Branch Manager, a Librarian and a Library IT Specialist. * Learn about equipment purchasing, setup, ongoing maintenance issues, and the pros/cons of adding specific pieces of equipment and software. * Gather ideas on how to tackle the training challenges of adding many consumer and professional tools without any additional staff.

Start Date

15-3-2017 3:30 PM

End Date

15-3-2017 4:30 PM

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iLAB: Year One

The Dakota County Library system in the Twin Cities suburban area converted two spaces in the Wescott branch to become an iLAB makerspace in 2016. From 3D printing/digital scanning to sewing/fabric crafts, photo scanning, and audio/video production, library staff selected equipment for the iLAB, learned basics of the equipment to get customers started, and have been working through first-year startup challenges. Are you thinking of adding maker equipment to your library? Join us to: * Hear about public library makerspace experiences from the perspectives of a Branch Manager, a Librarian and a Library IT Specialist. * Learn about equipment purchasing, setup, ongoing maintenance issues, and the pros/cons of adding specific pieces of equipment and software. * Gather ideas on how to tackle the training challenges of adding many consumer and professional tools without any additional staff.