Help Shape the Field of Maker Programming in Libraries

Nov 1, 2021

Library makerspace -- lettering on wall reads "Creation Station"

Natrona County Library’s “Creation Station” (pre-expansion).

In conjunction with a 2-year Institute of Museum and Library Services Grant Project, The New Face of Library Makerspaces, six to seven libraries will have the opportunity to serve as charter members to help lay the foundation for a national collective and take a leadership role in the project. The libraries chosen will have their profile raised in the field and be featured on both the Makers in the Library and Nation of Makers websites. They will also be at the forefront of leading the direction the field takes on library makerspaces and help decide the priorities for this collective, the questions addressed, and ways to learn and grow together.

Charter members will receive a stipend for committing to the following through August 31, 2023:

  • Create systems and processes for how the collective will be run such as: shaping the mission/vision, fostering communication channels, building systems to grow the membership, etc.
  • Alert collective leaders to important issues that arise in the field and help to lead activities (e.g., a survey of the field) to learn how libraries have modified services during the pandemic.
  • Serve as a mentor for other libraries to help build their capacity to create community-centered maker programming.

An informational meeting where you can learn more and ask questions will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 5. Join via this Zoom link.

Deadline to apply is November 15, 2021. Learn more and apply.

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