WAPL 2012

Today, we’re delighted to be presenting at the 2012 Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference, at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point, WI!

Our presentation, titled The Makerspace Mindset, exemplifies the “share the driving” theme this year.  In it, we will profile a number of new DIY-based library initiatives that create community or leverage community talent to bring new ideas and skills to patrons.

If you’re attending the conference and are on the lookout for a lively conversation with tons of visual impact and practical ideas you can take home to your library, we hope you’ll attend! According to the program we’re presenting in the Fifth Session, from 10:30 to 11:45 am in the Harvest Room, but, as always, be sure to double-check.

Here’s the program blurb to whet your appetite for #LibraryasIncubator innovation:

In this program, The Library as Incubator Project team will introduce participants to the idea of the hackspace or makerspace, and how the idea can be incorporated into library programming in many different funding landscapes.  We’ll profile some of the libraries that have launched makerspace initiatives, the process they went through, and the pros and cons of different makerspace models for the public library. We’ll also share practical planning tips for how to launch a makerspace at your own library, and share the practical kits and resources available on the Library as Incubator Project website for free, and quick ideas for how to put them to work for you!

Speakers: Erinn Batykefer; Laura Damon-Moore; Christina Endres / Sponsored by MATS, OSRT & NMRT

Sounds fun, right?  We can’t wait to share this flexible and integrated new programming model with you, and to learn what you do at your libraries to support the arts!  Feel free to find us and chat us up at the conference, or, if you aren’t attending WAPL, connect online (we’ll be Tweeting the conference).  Shoot us an e-mail, start a conversation on Twitter, or comment on Facebook— we’d love to meet you and share the driving!


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