Concurrent Sessions: Research Talks / Panels
These 45-minute sessions allow presenters to share more detailed work on the topic of making. These may be research-based sessions by academic departments or a panel of people covering similar topics. There will be two rounds of these concurrent sessions during the day.
Concurrent Sessions I – 10:15-11 a.m.
I. Implementing a Culture of Creativity: Engaging Events and Making in the Academic Library – Megan Lotts, Arts Librarian, Rutgers University
This presentation will explore the importance of engaging events within Academic Libraries that feature an interactive or making aspect. The author will also discuss innovative programming happening in Academic Libraries as well as a brief look at Makerspaces.
Five projects will be presented including: Woodblock Woodstock, Holiday Card Maker Space, Edible Books, a Polynomiography event for Rutgers Day, and the Art Library Lego Playing Station. These projects look closely at cross-disciplinary collaboration as a means to help coordinate impactful library events and how to create low cost making events. Individuals will learn more about marketing, finding sponsors for incentives, and how to partner with those who have common interests. The author will discuss making and critical thinking skills and how these can be applied when teaching patrons about the library and information literacy. This presentation will also look at how to assess and evaluate ephemeral making events.
Making events are educational, fun, and also bring a greater value to the creative culture within the library and overall campus.
Megan Lotts is the Art Librarian at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Lotts works closely with the departments of Art History, Mason Gross Visual Arts, and Landscape Architecture. She serves as Chair of Rutgers University Libraries (RUL) Undergraduate Experience Team, as well as Chair of the RUL Advisory Committee on Library Services for Persons with Disabilities. Her research focuses on the user experience including ideas of cross-disciplinary collaboration, engagement, outreach, and the act of making.
II. Piloting a Makerspace in a Public Library – Jill Wagy, Durham County Library
In September 2014 Durham County Library began a pilot program called “MakerDay Saturdays.” One Saturday every month the public is invited to come in and learn about making. The focus is on 3D printing, however, we have also introduced a Shapeoko CNC milling machine, a Silhouette Cameo electronic cutting machine, a poster printer and snap circuits. This talk will focus on how we got started, the processes we have created, the partnerships we have formed, the results of our pilot program and what the future holds for DCL and making.
started working in libraries in 1993 as a library aide in Citrus County Florida. She stayed with the system until 2002 and left as the Information Access Services Manager. After moving to North Carolina, Jill spent five years working at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the North Carolina Collection. During that time she received two Masters degrees from North Carolina Central University, an MLS and an MIS. She started working at Durham County Library in 2007 as the library’s first webmaster. She was promoted in 2014 to the position of Technology Management Administrator where she oversees the library’s IT Department. Since last Spring, Jill and her team of three system support technicians have been experimenting with a MakerSpace at the Main Library. They are currently piloting a “MakerDay Saturday” project where the public is invited to come in and learn how to become a maker.
III. A Place For Making: Exploring Linkages Among Three Institutions – Panel: Joey Adams, The Forge; Paul Kortenaar, SciWorks; Matthew Stuart Wade, FabLab Martinsville
The goal of our panel discussion is to bring together three organizations (museum, community makerspace, and FabLab) in a discussion about their specific approaches and purposes for making, and their potential collaborations/connections with each other or other organizations (e.g., schools, libraries, community organizations, etc.). Topics include:
- Approaches and purposes for making
- Collaboration with other organizations in the community
- Key points to know before starting a makerspace
- Funding models for makerspaces
- Thoughts on age-appropriateness, community involvement, building codes, safety training, space usage, etc.
Joey Adams grew up fairly close by in Winston-Salem. While he’s always been interested in how things work, he initially gravitated towards computers. After high school, he ended up at NCSU’s computer science program, but dropped out after two years due to the Internet bubble bursting combined with his interests not always being in line with the course curriculum. Adams happened to already have a job lined up at a Greensboro company called TCDI as a software developer, where he still works today. While working for TCDI he earned a business degree from Greensboro College and took a year to study molecular biology at UNC Chapel Hill while volunteering for a lab on campus. He works as project manager for TCDI while trying to bring The Forge to full capacity. In his spare time, he enjoys web development, amateur science, and woodworking.
Before coming to Winston-Salem as Executive Director of SciWorks, Dr. Paul Kortenaar was the Director of Education and Weston Family Chair of Innovative Education at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.
As the Executive Director of SciWorks, Dr. Kortenaar’s primary goals are to increase the community engagement and excitement at the museum with new programs and exhibits. He promotes the belief that the role of SciWorks is to help the citizens of the city to understand and interpret the role that science and scientific research play in their lives by acting as the connector between the scientific community and the wider public. Quoting from a recent article, he believes that “creativity, collaboration, risk-taking and perseverance are all important skills children must practice to become the innovative individuals of the future” and with Winston-Salem being the “City of Arts and Innovation, SciWorks is the place where innovation begins.”
In leading Winston-Salem’s science museum, Dr. Kortenaar will be directing the activities of more than 25,000 square feet of exhibits inside the complex and also the SciWorks Environmental Park, a 15-acre outdoor nature science exhibit that boasts of nature walks and winding trails. The night sky can be enjoyed even during the day through programs in the Planetarium.
Matthew Stuart Wade is Fab Lab Coordinator at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia. Patrick Henry Community College, New College Institute, and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation have partnered to establish a digital fabrication laboratory. The Fab Lab provides training and equipment to students, businesses, and entrepreneurs. Equipment in the Fab Lab includes a 3D printer, laser engraver, vinyl cutter, CNC plasma cutter, mini-mill, vacuum former, injection molder, and welder.