The Makerspace Mindset
February 15 - March 25
$200 10% discount if you register by January 31!
2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Course #3079

MAKERSPACES—n. pl. – workshops where people come together to share materials and a collaborative learning environment in order to learn a new skill.

Join the Library as Incubator Project for a course on makerspaces that will draw on the expertise of librarians around the country to reimagine the relationship between public, school, and academic libraries and makers, from professionals to accomplished hobbyists. Explore models of library/maker collaborations, identify potential local partners, and build the resources you need to get into the Makerspace Mindset at your library.

The Library as Incubator Project discusses how writers, visual artists, and performing artists use libraries to research, create, and promote their artistic work. The presenters have created a web resource that highlights artists and projects that have been “incubated,” in part, by library collections, spaces and/or staff. The web site also serves as a resource for librarians who want to better serve creative people through programming, collections and partnerships.  


  • Introduction to Library Makerspaces
  • Curating local content + Makerspaces for all ages
  • Digital Making
  • The School Library Makerspace
  • Alternative Makerspace Models
  • Funding

Instructors: Erinn Batykefer, Co-founder & Editor of LAIP,  earned her MFA in Writing and her Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is currently the Programming Librarian at New Canaan Library in New Canaan Connecticut.  Her first poetry collection, Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press) won the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Prize and the poem “Pittsburgh as Self-Portrait” was featured on the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project broadsides, which were displayed in coffee shops, libraries, and public transit around the state.  Erinn focused on public librarianship during her MLIS  and is particularly interested in social media, community programming and engagement, and library artist residencies and makerspaces. You can visit her professional portfolio at Erinn Batykefer | Writer & Librarian. Laura Damon-Moore, Co-founder & Editor of LAIP, received her master’s degree from the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies in 2012. In 2008 she received her bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and Literary Studies from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. Laura has worked in public and academic libraries in Wisconsin, and is currently the Assistant Director for the Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, WI. Laura is a member of the ALA’s America’s Libraries in the 21st Century Committee and serves on the Educator Advisory Panel for Filament Games. Her library interests  include programming, particularly for children and young adults; community outreach and engagement; and the development and support of strong library + arts partnerships and projects. Check out Laura in the Library her professional website.

To register:

ONLINE - Makerspace Mindset

PHONE - Pyle Center Registration Office: (608) 262-2451

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Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer