ALA Midwinter in Seattle highlighted the growing interactions between libraries and the Maker Movement. An entire day, Maker Monday, was devoted to examining the current state of makerspaces in libraries.
“All of us are makers,” said Dale Dougherty, founder of MAKE magazine, to a capacity Midwinter crowd at “The New Stacks: The Maker Movement Comes to Libraries” on Monday. “It’s in all of us. Librarians are makers of spaces, keepers of resources shared by many, makers of a culture of learning.”
After the excitement of the Youth Media Awards, Midwinter started to wrap up. But while many attendees began preparing to make their way home, plenty of events tempted them on what, for many, was their final day in Seattle. Notable among them were the Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Council II session included the Treasurer’s Report (CD#13.1) as well as reports from the Policy Monitoring Committee (CD#17), Membership Committee (CD#14), Council Orientation Committee (CD#24–24.1), Committee on Organization (CD#27), and the Freedom to Read Foundation (CD#22).
In all honesty, I am not usually one for interactive sessions, so I was a little concerned when I walked into Peggy Holman’s “Community Engagement Conversation” session today and saw the small-group seating arrangement. However, I could not have been more pleasantly surprised with the results.