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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

C203: Re-Creating the Makerspace & Taking It on the Road

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Chris DeCristofaro, Technology Librarian, Sachem Public Library
Cara Perry, Teen Services Librarian, Sachem Public Library

Makerspaces have traditionally been located in a single, fixed location in the library that is available for patrons of all ages. Although the model of grouping all makerspace technology in one area has been successful, a fixed space can limit how many patrons can access the materials at any given time and limit programming capabilities. The Sachem Public Library has created The Studio makerspace, which encompasses areas in Adult, Teen and Children’s (Studio A, Studio T and Studio C, respectively). Studio A is located in a central, open area while Studio T and Studio C are located in the Teen and Children’s departments. Studio technology such as the 3D printer, embroidery machine, robotics, digital art, video production with green screen technology, virtual reality systems, and other items are mobile and can be shared between departments or taken outside the building for outreach. This multi-departmental and mobile approach allows for independent development so technologies needed in each “Studio” can be age-specific, allowing for flexibility.

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