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.
Other innovators will be video-conferenced in as well
· Jane Dysart, Senior Partner, Dysart & Jones
· Stephen Abram, Consultant, Lighthouse Consulting Inc.
You can review last year's program here.
Attendees had this to say about our first:
“This symposium had some of the best overall content of any conference I’ve attended, including big ones like OLA, PLA, ALA, etc.”
“Enjoyed the mix of in person, multimedia, Skype.” “Great mix.” “The variety added to the ability to maintain attention – you got it right.”
“Choice of speakers was outstanding.” “They all excelled.”
“All speakers were on subject and brought experience and expertise. Good spotlight on the tools so we can make decisions about our own spaces.”
“All the speakers were inspiring and informative. This symposium make me think about creative making in a deeper way and gave me ideas about how libraries can be leaders in providing access to creative making spaces, instruction, events, etc. I loved Chattanooga PL’s 4th floor culture, the energy they put into their events. Fayetteville PL’s call for libraries to ‘just be relevant’ is also amazing – I believe that organizational culture eats planning for breakfast and it is inspirational to see how these libraries operate.”
“I really liked getting insight from organizations outside of libraries as well as libraries of different types – hearing about the successful things they are doing.”
For sponsorship opportunities or a chance to demonstrate technology please contact: Jane Dysart, email@example.com
University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, iSchool Institute
140 St George Street, 7th Floor, Toronto, ON (map)