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Thursday, April 20 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Being a Part of the Maker Community

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Makerspaces, coworking spaces, and tech shops are popping up all over! Plus schools and other community groups are offering new tech opportunities. Your librarians don’t have to be tech-whizzes with the possibilities provided by partnering with local groups that already have the expertise. Learn how your library can provide new maker and tech-focused opportunities for your community by engaging and working with these local groups.

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Jesse Adams

Digital Services Coordinator, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Jesse Adams has 15 years IT experience and assists the library with all things tech. Jesse works to promote the library’s mission through technology events and programming.
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Jamie Bair

Experiential Learning Librarian, FVRLibraries
Public Services Librarian with 10 years of professional experience. Specialize in maker activities that encourage and foster the maker mindset. Contact me at jbair@fvrl.org

Erin Finot

Adult Services Librarian, Eugene Public Library
Erin Finot is an Adult Services Librarian at Eugene Public Library. She was on the team that planned and launched the library's new makerspace and media lab, and now helps oversee the day to day operations of the space, including coordinating programs and open labs, supervising volunteers... Read More →
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Brendan Lax

Strategic Initiatives Librarian, Hillsboro Public Library
Brendan is part of the Strategic Initiatives division at the Hillsboro Public Library, working on special projects to further the mission of the library in the Hillsboro community. Currently, he is working on expanding the Library of Things collection, developing a makerspace at the... Read More →

Matt Neer

Adult Services Librarian, Eugene Public Library
Matt got lucky to be put on the Makerspace team when he first began work at the Eugene Public Library. There he helped to outfit and entirely new makerspace and try to figure out how it would work once it was put out into the wild. He creates training guides for using the equipment... Read More →
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Lyndsey Runyan

Creative Learning Spaces Coordinator, Multnomah County Library
I work on reinventing library spaces for making, tinkering, and building community around DIY skills for Multnomah County Library. My goal is to help design sustainable, equitable, and exciting library/community spaces where the public can have fun diving into hands-on STEAM by investigating... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 4:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Santiam Room 5 Salem Convention Center