Build and field-test an educational maker program for your library with guidance from leaders in the field

In this 4-week online workshop, you’ll learn from library and industry experts how to build a maker program at your library to engage your community and fuel lifelong learning. Guest speakers appear each week, live via web video, in interactive sessions where you can ask questions. You’ll work in small groups with facilitators experienced in the maker movement and we’ll challenge you to complete assignments and field research in your library that will have your maker program up and running by the end of the course.


By the end of this course, you will:

  •    Understand the maker movement and how to foster maker culture at your library
  •    Gain exposure to innovative tech companies, makers, and librarians
  •    Learn from program blueprints that you can emulate
  •    Create a fully developed and tested action plan for launching a maker program at your library within your budget, whether it’s $0 or much larger

Librarians, educators, and those developing programming for the community, from early learning professionals and media specialists, or those interested in facilitating maker activities will benefit from attending. Participants will walk away with tools to fuel programming and maker space planning.


[Week 1] How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning

It’s okay to be skeptical of 3-D printers or the “next big thing” to transform libraries. But the maker movement should change the way you think about education and community because it creates opportunities for learning through doing. In this session, journalist Annie Murphy Paul will tap the latest cognitive research to illuminate how hands-on activity relates to learning. She’ll also challenge you to incorporate these ideas into your programming.

Weekly Assignment: Set your maker program goals and begin to estimate budgets under two scenarios (realistic and stretch scenarios).

Guest speaker: Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Anne Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy Paul
Author of Brilliant: The Science of How We Get Smarter (forthcoming from Crown)
Columnist, Scientific American MIND


[WEEK 2] When Old-School Crafts Meet a Modern Audience

Knitting, crocheting, and other traditional handcrafts are surging in popularity. In a screen-dominated world, the maker movement taps into the human need for tactile experience, and engaging these activities in a fun, communal setting. In this session, we’ll show you how Etsy’s new Craft Entrepreneurship Program empowers creative people in underserved communities to create pathways to entrepreneurship by partnering with libraries and other organizations.

Weekly Assignment: Tie your goals to rough program ideas; field test those ideas.

Guest speakers: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 11:00-11:45 am EDT

meghanemeryMegan Emery
Teen/Tween Programmer
Chattanooga Public Library



Graham AshcraftGraham Ashcraft
Creative Entrepreneurship Program Manager



Demo and Q&A: MakerBot

Makerbot brings 3D printing out of major industry and into the hands of real people. In this session, join Makerbot’s education director to see how 3D printing can fit into the library mission of democratizing learning. More than the sum of its parts, a 3D printer can provide an on ramp to comfort with design and technology for kids and adults.

Guest Speaker: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm EDT

Allison VicenziAllison Vicenzi
Director of Education


[Week 3] How-To: Maker Projects

What happens when you apply creativity (and a lot of personality) to your library programming? Limitless projects you can produce without burning down the stacks! Join our guest speaker for a fun-filled session of ideas for how you can launch maker projects and design challenges with flair. Plus, we’ll provide blueprints for projects you can start doing with your students today.

Weekly Assignment: Research program areas beyond your expertise. Refine your phase-one program ideas. Field-test them in your library and on social media.

Guest speaker: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 11:00-11:30 am EDT

Colleen GravesColleen Graves
Maker, Teacher Librarian
Lamar Middle School (TX)



Demo and Q&A: MaKey MaKey

Learn about MaKey Makey, an invention kit for everyone, from founder Jay Silver, who will share his most recent work and answer questions.

Guest Speaker: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 11:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT

Jay SilverJay Silver
Founder/CEO of JoyLabz/Makey Makey
and first ever Maker Research Scientist at Intel

[Week 4] What Happens When a Public Library Goes Maker?

Find out how to pull together all parts of a successful maker program. Fayetteville Free Library in Upstate New York built a trailblazing maker program that offers everything from adult technology classes, to one-on-one graphic design lessons, and group sessions to teach knitting and sewing. Library director Susan Considine will share insights on the lessons learned and tell you how you can get started in building a culture-shifting maker program that will help extend your mission into the community and touch new groups of library users.

Weekly Assignment: Create your final maker program plan with updated goals, budgets, program ideas, and launch plans, including marketing, execution, and logistics.

Guest Speaker: Monday, June 22, 2015 | 11:00 – 11:45 am EDT

Susan ConsidineSusan Considine
Executive Director
Fayetteville Free Library (NY)



Demo and Q&A: Tinkercad

Find out how to teach design and creativity to children and adults with Tinkercad, a free, easy-to-learn online app that anyone can use to create and print 3D models.

G Melantoni 85pGuest Speaker: Monday, June 22, 2015 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm EDT

Guillermo Melantoni
Product Line Manager



  • Instructor-led online courses feature personalized interaction over four weeks
  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live webcast (with recordings available afterward)
  • Homework assignments to help you make progress on your goals
  • Individualized attention from course facilitators who work with you in a coaching environment to help sort out challenges.
  • Ongoing group conversation via discussion forums
  • Articles, videos and other resources.

Course Facilitators

Amy KoesterAmy Koester
Youth & Family Program Coordinator
Skokie Public Library (IL)



Oli SanidasOli Sanidas
Director, Digital and Library Material Services
Arapahoe Library District (CO)



Chad SansingChad Sansing
Lead Teacher for the BETA Academy
Shelburne Middle School (VA)



Melissa TechmanMelissa Techman
Teacher/Librarian and Tech Lead Teacher
Albemarle County Public Schools (VA)



Katie BehrensKatie Behrens
Project Manager
Library as Incubator Project (WI)



Registration Info


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The price of a single registration for Maker Workshop is $250.00. Register 5 or more people at once and take advantage of our team builder discount: 10% off of the cost of each registration. Contact leadthechange@mediasourceinc.com for information.

As a registered participant, you’ll also get access to The Commons, an online alumni community where librarians can share resources, make connections, and crowdsource solutions to their challenges.

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