Back by Popular Demand! New Edition
Monday & Tuesday Oct. 6 & 7, 2014, Toronto
Creative Making in Libraries and Museums
One of the hottest trends today is FabLabs, 3D printing, Makerspaces and the connection of libraries and museums to learning, creation and invention. It’s time for a symposium on the current landscape and a look at the opportunities for research, programs, practices and experiences of pioneers in this space. Dysart & Jones Associates have assembled a stellar crew of the leading thinkers and innovators in the fields of critical making. Attendees will learn the connections to strategies for research, community and education, tour the University of Toronto iSchool Semaphore Research Lab, hear of international innovations in FabLabs and Makerspaces in libraries, explore the use of maker technology and practices in Canada and get a roadmap for starting a program in your community!
When one of Time magazine’s top 100 thinkers, Chris Anderson, a famed journalist, and editor of Wired magazine and entrepreneur, writes his third book (following librarians’ favorite, The Long Tail) on Makers: The New Industrial Revolution in 2012, you know the maker revolution is on the way! The book describes how entrepreneurs using open source design, and 3D printing as a platform are driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. The innovations portrayed, crowdsourcing of ideas, utilization of available lower-cost design and manufacturing tools, and reviewing options to outsource capital-intensive manufacturing were also highlighted in the February 2012 Harvard Business Review article, "From Do It Yourself to Do It Together".
Many industries, libraries, and museums have embraced the maker revolution. This two-day symposium illustrates the breadth and depth of the revolution, puts it into the context of libraries and museums, shares exciting programs already being pioneered and suggests areas for future endeavours. It features leading edge thinkers and practitioners, includes a tour of the University of Toronto’s Critical Making Lab and focuses on strategies for libraries, museums, K-12 and other education and academic institutions.
Aaron de Vries
Other innovators will be video-conferenced in as well
· Jane Dysart, Senior Partner, Dysart & Jones
· Stephen Abram, Consultant, Lighthouse Consulting Inc.
Heard from participants:
Mandy Boyes, Ajax Public Library
All speakers exceeded my expectations – great ideas. Insightful, inspirational, enthusiastic & hopeful! Fantastic that leaders in the field are available through skype.
Mark Gelsomino, Ottawa Public Library
This has been a fantastic opportunity to meet face to face. I loved the focus on local and Canadian spaces. My library has a lot more in common with Edmonton and Toronto than other systems. Their experiences spoke directly to our experiences.
Greg Patterson, Richmond Hill Public Library
All speakers were worth hearing.
Kristin Johnson-Perlock, Kitchener Public Library
Presentations provided practical information and details that I can share with my library system & colleagues. Matt Ratto’s presentation and tour of the Critical Making Lab were especially inspiring and thought-provoking.
Loved the event. Have 3-4 practical things I can implement right away and another 2-3 that will require grant applications and selling to senior management.
All speakers offered valuable information.
As a library starting to develop a maker space, these presentations were very helpful. We have lots of ideas to start our planning. Speakers provided something new and exciting.
The case studies with practical suggestions were especially valuable.
Loved the variety of speakers, the presentations were all interesting and the information delivered will be extremely helpful in creating/implementing our own makerspace.
Great conference overall.
For sponsorship opportunities or a chance to demonstrate technology please contact: Jane Dysart, email@example.com
University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, Bissell Building, Room 728
140 St George Street, 7th Floor, Toronto, ON (map)