The Makerspace Mindset
October 13-November 21
2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

Course #3074

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 libraries and local artists of all types, from professional artists and makers to accomplished hobbyists. Explore models of library/artist collaborations, identify your local arts partners, and build the resources you need to launch successful arts-incubator programs 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 artists through programming, collections and partnerships.


  • What is a Makerspace?
  • Digital Making
  • The School Library Makerspace
  • Curating local content + Makerspaces for all ages
  • The Importance of Community Outreach
  • Funding

Expectations: You will be expected to actively participate in a weekly discussion that reflects reading comprehension. You will complete two short projects that will help you work towards developing makerspaces at your library

Instructors: Erinn Batykefer  earned her MFA in Writing and her Master’s of Library and Information Studies from the UW-Madison.  Her first poetry collection, Allegheny, Monongahela (Red Hen Press 2009) 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. Erinn has worked in public and academic libraries in several states for the last fifteen years. Laura Damon-Moore 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. Laura has worked in public and academic libraries and is now the Assistant Director for the Eager Free Public Library in Evansville, WI. Their book, The Artist’s Library, was released by Coffee House Press in May 2014.

To register:


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

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Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer