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Chad Mairn

Librarian, Innovation Lab Manager
St. Petersburg College

Picture of Chad MairnChad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for 'all-things technology' as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum.  Here is the Maker Boot Camp documentary film.

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein's personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad's recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. In 2016, Chad was awarded the League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology!

Chad plays drums in Low Season and he also co-organizes Gulf Coast Maker and Comic-Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.

Computers in Libraries 2019

Computers in Libraries 2018

  • Monday, April 16, 2018
    • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. W11: Getting Started in Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
    • 10:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. From Makerspace to Solve Space: A Road Map

Computers in Libraries 2014

  • Monday, April 7, 2014
    • 3:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tools & Idea Blitz: Steal for Your Website!

Computers in Libraries 2013

  • Sunday, April 7, 2013
    • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. W9: Best Practices in Mobile Development: Building jQuery Mobile Apps

Computers in Libraries 2012

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2012
    • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. W4: Handheld Librarians’ Mobile Tech Tutorial
    • 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. W12: Enhancing Learning & Participation: Critical Thinking Strategies & Practice
    • 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Gaming & Gadgets Petting Zoo
  • Wednesday, March 21, 2012
    • 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. A103: Mobile Apps & Mobile Web Development
  • Friday, March 23, 2012
    • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A302: What About Ebook Readers?
    • 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. A305: Ebook Issues & Challenges: Debrief
    • 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. A304: Ebook Issues & Challenges: Debrief
  • Thursday, March 22, 2012
    • 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. A204: Matching Books & Communities

Computers in Libraries 2011

  • Sunday, March 20, 2011
    • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. W3: Handheld Librarians’ Mobile Tech Tutorial
  • Tuesday, March 22, 2011
    • 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. C202: Empowering the Reader in a Digital World
    • 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. C204: EBooks & Their Growing Value for Libraries
  • Monday, March 21, 2011
    • 11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Going Mobile with Android

Computers in Libraries 2010

  • Monday, April 12, 2010
    • 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. E101: Information Fluency Strategies & Practices

Computers In Libraries 2009

  • Tuesday, March 31, 2009
    • 2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. D204: More than Just Cruising: SL & Web 2.0
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