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Mary C. Derr

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Looking for ideas for using VR in a public library, and how tweens and teens use Makerspaces in general.

I'm looking for ideas for creating programs or other ways for patrons to access and interact with our library's VR system. I'm especially interested in tween and teen users, and I'll take note of any information about these age groups and how they use Makerspaces. 

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Making Makerspaces accessible to all, including bringing the space to the patrons.

Heather Moorefield-Lang has such great enthusiasm for Making and shared lots of terrific, specific ideas. The Maker buses are great for big libraries that can afford them, but even smaller libraries can make a Maker Fleet of carts with activities on them. The speaker's example was for a school, but I can see my public library sending carts around, via the library van, to our different branches, so that our more rural patrons can have access to some of our activities. I also liked the "Maker Party in the Box" and "Tinker Totes" concept, for smaller, 1 to 2 person activities. A lot of libraries are developing programs to circulate physical objects (e.g., a necktie library) and activity kits, and these Maker kits feed into that concept. I think this is a great way to draw in reluctant library users or non-users. Just because they don't read books doesn't mean we can't serve them.

Often accessibility for differently-abled patrons is an afterthought, so I'm glad the speaker talked about putting a focus on this in planning Maker equipment and activities. For example, how about involving sighted teens in designing and 3D-printing tactile picture books for children with visual impairments or sensory processing issues, for use in storytimes or to check out? The teens get a cool project and a sense of accomplishment, of making a real contribution. The kids get to be included in storytime. Everyone wins.

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From Zero to System Wide: grants, jobs, outreach

This session was packed with terrific, specific ideas (my benchmark for a good webinar or conference session). I was impressed that the speaker's library has added 3 additional professional positions to support their Maker program. As an up-and-coming librarian, that's exciting to me! 

I also liked the speaker's quote about promoting a new library initiative: "One of the best things you can do is leave the building." Makerspaces are expanding libraries' reach, helping us reach new sectors of our community. But the speaker is right, we have to go outside the library to find them and draw them in.

It was also interesting to me to see the growth of the program over four years. It reminds me that we don't have to do everything, implement every idea, all at once.