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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

D205: Crowdfunding a Library Makerspace

4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Jonathan Amey, Youth Services Librarian, Gloucester County Library System - Glassboro Branch
Ralph Bingham, Head, Reference & Digital Services, Gloucester County Library System - Mullica Hill Branch

In March 2016, the Friends of the Gloucester County Library System in Gloucester County, N.J., launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the creation of a public makerspace at the Glassboro Branch Library. The small, walking community of Glassboro responded by donating more than $5,000 toward the campaign, making it possible to purchase 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, and some amazing STEM tools and toys. Speakers and campaign coordinators, share secrets for utilizing this innovative means to raise money and develop community partnerships, proper budgeting and planning for similar projects, and some tips and tricks on how to save time and money on technology.

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