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This badge is awarded to those who engage with the #library2017 community by sharing their learning goals and takeaways from the conference.

 

Katie McGinness

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Awarded badge on October 12, 2017

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Share your learning goals.

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I would like to gain tips on how to shift my library's makerspace usage from consumption to creation.

My library is currently home to a constantly-growing 3D print lab, and it is extremely popular. However, we have noticed that the vast majority of projects submitted are not designed by patrons, but downloaded from websites such as Thingiverse. As such, we are interested in programs,services, and general tips to encourage them to use the tools provided to learn and create something new, rather than replicate someone else's work. 

Share your takeaways from a keynote session.

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I loved the idea of a "Maker Day."

At my library, we are very interested in services we can provide to encourage our younger patrons to create on their own. The concept of a Maker Day, which would provide access to tools and resources to enable and empower patrons to create, might be just the thing. We will be sure to include a 3D design station/tutorial at any future Maker Day. 

Share your takeaways from a breakout session

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I was very intrigued by the mention of intersecting maker spaces with accessibility.

In particular, I am deeply intrigued by the mention of the Tactile Picture Books project! We have used our 3D printers to make prosthetic limbs before, which was hugely rewarding, but this is a way to introduce 3D printed materials directly into the library collection. This might also show our community a possible function for our maker space that they had not yet considered.