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Blog posts from December 2012

What is a Makerspace? Creativity in the Library

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on December 20, 2012 - 11:06am

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of posts by Caitlin A. Bagley. Learn about the makerspace at Carnegie Public Library (Pittsburgh) in our free webinar Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Register.

I first heard of makerspaces when, as I sat in my office, a colleague called me over to see if I wanted to join a webinar on makerspaces. Listening over her shoulder, I heard phrases like DIY, and tools kept popping up. Not the usual web-based tools talked about in webinars, physical tools... y’know, wrenches and pliers? Real tools. I’ve always seen libraries as community centers for people to gather and work together, but this? It stretched my imagination. Read More »


Coming Soon - Libraries and Makerspaces Series

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 18, 2012 - 4:56pm

ALA TechSource is happy to introduce Caitlin A. Bagley, who will write a series of posts on libraries and makerspaces. Associate professor and instruction librarian at Gonzaga University, Caitlin is writing a LITA Guide with the working title "Makers in the Library: Fostering Creativity and Innovation." As she researches for the book, learning about library projects, she'll post here. Caitlin is planning to interview a leader in the maker movement for an outside perspective on where libraries fit in. She's also talking about getting to a makerspace herself and documenting her project as she builds it.

Watch this space for posts, and be sure to register for the final webinar of our makerspace series, January 7, 2013, with Carnegie Public Library in Pittsburgh.


O'Reilly's Tools of Change Conference 2013: Discount for Librarians

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 17, 2012 - 11:59am

O'Reilly's Tools of Change for Publishing (TOC) Conference is February 12-14, 2013 in New York City. As the publishing and tech industries converge, the conference is an opportunity for librarians to get the perspective of publishers and learn about new technology-based tools that might be applied in libraries. Early registration pricing ends Thursday, December 20.

O’Reilly offers abundant discount options, including 30 percent off for full-time librarians. If you don’t qualify for this or another discount, you can still save 15  30 percent wth the discount code ALATechSource. Learn more about programs and pricing on the TOC 2013 website. Read More »


Library Technology Reports: Coming in 2013

Submitted by Patrick Hogan on December 14, 2012 - 1:31pm

Library Technology Reports is at the cusp of its 49th year, but not at all feeling old. Here's the start of the 2013 lineup.

In January, Marshall Breeding opens the Volume 49 with Resource Sharing in Libraries: Concepts, Products, Technologies. Considering relevant technology trends as well as review major products that support interlibrary loan and resource sharing , the report explores emerging and evolving strategies to provide more resources to your patrons. Read More »


Archive of Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Services--Detroit Public Library

Submitted by Daniel A. Freeman on December 3, 2012 - 10:41am
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We just wrapped up the first part of our new webinar series Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service. Today, we heard from Steve Teeri, Linda Curvey-Brown and Jeff Sturges from the Detroit Public Library, who gave us a fantastic presentation. If you didn't have a chance to attend in person, the archive is at: https://alapublishing.webex.com/alapublishing/lsr.php?AT=pb&SP=EC&rID=6109092&rKey=e32662d11a294b28 . Read More »