Monthly Archives: September 2017

Library 2.017 Web Conference: Makerspaces

The San Jose State University School of Information is hosting its third and final Library 2.017 web conference on the subject of “makerspaces” Oct. 11. The conference will be held entirely online from 1-4 p.m. Mountain Time, and registration is free.

Developed in collaboration with Dr. Heather Moorefield-Lang from the University of South Carolina, the conference is described as a “unique opportunity to showcase the research, work, and thinking on ‘maker learning spaces,’ especially the way that libraries and librarians utilize makerspaces to deliver services to their community.”

Moorefield-Lang’s current research focuses on makerspaces and their subsequent technologies in libraries of all types and levels. She will serve as the opening keynote panel moderator leading the discussion around makerspaces and how libraries can partner with communities. Opening keynote panelists include Drs. June Abbas and Kyungwon Koh (University of Oklahoma), Dr. Leanne Bowler (University of Pittsburgh), and Kristin Fontichiaro (University of Michigan). Moorefield-Lang will also deliver the final conference thoughts.

Scheduled between the keynote sessions will be a number of concurrent crowd-sourced sessions. Among the accepted proposals to be presented are “Volunteers at Your Library Makerspace,” “Low Cost Tools to Bring Making into Your Library,” “Sending the Invitation: Getting Kids to Use Makerspaces,” “From Zero to System Wide Makerspace in Three Grants and Four Years,” and “Finding What Fits: Approachability of Makerspaces and Making in the Library.”

Earlier this year, Library 2.017 web conferences covered the topics of “fake news and digital literacy” and “expertise, competencies and careers.” Thousands of information professionals worldwide joined the SJSU School of Information for these stimulating conversations. The recordings are available under the Archives tab on the Library 2.0 website and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

Conference co-chairs Dr. Sandra Hirsh and Steve Hargadon are already preparing three topic-specific conferences for Library 2.018, with the first conference slated for March. More information on the 2018 events will be available in January.

A Don’t-Miss Session at the Innovations Conference

Heading to the Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference?  Don’t miss Chris Van Burgh’s session, “Students? Yes! Teachers? Yes!” Chris is the Database Instruction Librarian here at the Wyoming State Library.

Join her for an exploration of the many resources available free to you and your students (pre-K-college) through Here you will find research databases, supplemental classroom materials, practice tests and computer skills, language learning, and so much more! Search and find articles with citation information on a topic. Locate career tutorials and computer skills tutorials. Discover additional material to promote and teach various databases.

The conference will be held November 2-3 at the University of Wyoming Conference Center in Laramie. Registration is open through October 15; fee is $25. Learn more and register.

Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

The October 2017 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available with 88 great offerings. Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers. View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at

Stories to Discover in Wyoming Newspapers

Are you familiar with Wyoming Newspapers? It’s a free online source for digitized historical newspapers from the Equality State. Check out the video for a brief introduction of what you’ll find, then take some time to explore Wyoming Newspapers at

Questions? Contact Thomas Ivie at or (307) 777-6330.