Monday, June 19, 2017

Announcing the Library 2.017 "Makerspaces" Mini-Conference and Call for Proposals.

We're excited to announce our third Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Makerspaces," which will be held online (and for free) on Wednesday, October 11th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This event is being organized in partnership with Heather Moorefield-Lang, who will serve as moderator for the opening panel and as the closing keynote speaker.

There has been a lot of talk about makerspaces in libraries over the past four years. If you are unsure what makerspaces are, think of them as creative locations for tinkering, collaborating, problem solving, and creating in a library or educational space. No matter how many maker learning spaces you may visit, you will quickly notice no two are the same. Each librarian and makerspace delivers their own brand of service to their individual community. Attendees will investigate how librarians with makerspaces can create new partnerships and collaborative efforts in and with their communities. Offering further services and methods to meet patron needs.
We invite all library professionals, employers, LIS students, and educators to provide input and participate this event.

This is a free event, being held online.
to attend live or to receive the recording links afterwards.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events.

Participants are encouraged to use #library2017 on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.


The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor, and additional support has been provided by Follett. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.


We will have a limited number of slots for presenter sessions. The call for proposals will open in June. We encourage all who are interested in presenting to submit. Details HERE.


The sessions will be held in Blackboard Collaborate, and can be accessed live from any personal computer and most mobile devices. (To see if your system is already configured for Blackboard Collaborate, you can try entering the practice room at If you aren't able to enter that room, see Behind the Blackboard Support.)

Registration will give you access to the live event and to the event recordings. An event reminder and additional connecting information will be sent just prior to the event.


Heather Moorefield-Lang
Assistant professor, University of South Carolina

Heather Moorefield-Lang is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Library and Information Science. She received her masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and her doctorate in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research is focused in emerging technologies and their use in education and libraries. Her current research focuses on makerspaces and their subsequent technologies in libraries of all types and levels.

Makerspaces in Libraries: Partnerships with Communities

June Abbas, Ph.D.

Dr. June Abbas, PhD, is a Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma, Norman campus. She obtained her PhD in Information Science from the University of North Texas in 2001 and taught in the Department of Library and Information Studies at the State University of New York in Buffalo from 2001-2008 before joining the SLIS in August 2008. She also held professional positions in public and special libraries. Her research focuses on the development of user-centered digital libraries, institutional repositories, and other knowledge organization structures. She conducts research on youth and their use of technology, and the intersection between information behavior, information retrieval, and structures for organizing knowledge. The courses she teaches include those related to the organization of information and knowledge resources, cataloging and classification, indexing and abstracting, digital collections, and digital information retrieval. She has also served as project manager on ten digital libraries projects and on task forces to develop institutional repositories. Her book “Structures for organizing knowledge: Exploring taxonomies, ontologies, and other schema” was nominated for ASIST Book of the Year in 2011. She is currently Co-PI on a Mellon funded grant to develop a digital library for Classics.

Leanne Bowler
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh

Leanne Bowler is an Associate Professor, Co-Chair of the Department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship, and Director of the Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology at the School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh, where her teaching and research focuses on young people and their experiences interacting with information, data, and technology. Her research explores the intrapersonal competencies and practices of young people as they use, create, learn, and play in socio-technical environments, as well as the role that their families and out-of-school organizations like libraries play in this arena. She has a Master in Education, a Master in Library Science, and a PhD in from McGill University’s iSchool.

Kristin Fontichiaro
University of Michigan School Information

Kristin Fontichiaro is a clinical associate professor at the University of Michigan School Information, where she studies formal and informal learning in library settings. Principal investigator of the Making in Michigan Libraries project (IMLS RE-05-15-0021-15), she explores the intersection of libraries and informal learning. She is also a contributing author and series editor for Cherry Lake Publishing's Makers as Innovators and Makers as Innovators Junior series, a total of over 40 titles. Additonally, Fontichiaro writes the "Makerspaces" column for Teacher Librarian and studies the role of data literacy in information literacy instruction (IMLS RE-00-15-0113-15). She is also the faculty lead for the University of Michigan's Public Library Management MOOC courses at

Kyungwon Koh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies

Dr. Kyungwon Koh is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies. Her areas of expertise include the Maker movement; youth services in public and school libraries; learning and community engagement through libraries; information needs, seeking, use, and creation; and competencies for information professionals. She earned a PhD and Masters at Florida State University. Currently, she is the principal investigator of two IMLS-funded research projects on youth and Makerspaces.

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