Expect the Unexpected: Endless Possibilities for Your Makerspace


Dr Karen Miller and Marie Clarke share the practicalities and challenges of managing a Makerspace and tips on how you can successfully create a Makerspace of your own.

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This webinar will benefit academic library professionals, interested persons who are keen to harness the benefits of learning through making, and those who are keen to establish a Makerspace in their institution.


Increasingly popular, Makerspaces in libraries serve to engage makers of all ages in active hands-on learning experiences, providing endless possibilities for collaboration, exploration, problem solving and to materialise their creative thinking.

With this growing interest in nurturing Makerspaces at libraries and the benefits they bring, speakers from Curtin University Library will share their experience of establishing and running the Curtin Library Makerspace.

Curtin Library Makerspace is the physical ‘hub’ or learning space for the community of makers within, or connected to, the Curtin community. Equipped with a range of tools and materials, it is designed to encourage learning, exploration, innovation and play through self-directed learning.

 

Key Highlights:

  1. Understand the Makerspace initiative, and explore the different kinds of activities that can occur within the space,
  2. Gain insight into the benefits of “learning through making” and of having a Makerspace in the library,
  3. Explore the practicalities and challenges of managing a Makerspace,
  4. Gain tips to create a Makerspace of your own.

Presenter(s)

Dr. Karen Miller - Learning Coordinator and Sessional Academic - School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI), Curtin University

Dr. Karen Miller

Learning Coordinator and Sessional Academic - School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI), Curtin University

Dr Karen Miller is the Learning Coordinator at Curtin University Library and doubles as a sessional academic with the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry (MCASI) at Curtin University. Incorporating a ‘maker’ approach to learning and using both old and new technologies, she creates learning programs designed to develop information and digital literacies. She helped establish the Curtin Library Makerspace and continues to play a role in its activities and development.

Marie Clarke - Library Makerspace Coordinator, Curtin University

Marie Clarke

Library Makerspace Coordinator, Curtin University

Marie Clarke is the Library Makerspace Coordinator at Curtin University. Having been a library professional for 20 years, she manages the day-to-day operations of the Makerspace, as well as facilitating activities and learning opportunities. Creative and passionate about ideas, she enjoys connecting with students and staff alike on potential maker projects. A ‘big, statement’ earring enthusiast, Marie hopes to learn how to make her own fashion pieces in the Makerspace!