Free webinar to kick off ALA President Barbara Stripling’s “Community Building and Makerspaces” series

ALA President Barbara Stripling’s Winter Webinar series “Building Community Through Making,” featuring nationally recognized speakers and innovative library leaders, begins on Monday, December 16, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. CST.

The December webinar, “Community Engagement through Making,” includes Steve Teeri, Technology Training Associate at the Detroit Public Library and founder of the HYPE Makerspace, which allows teens to level up in abilities such as STEM and inventive thinking; Dara Schmidt, Branch Manager of Anythink Brighton and Matthew Hamilton, Anythink IT Manager, from the Rangeview Library District; and Nate Hill, who oversees the daily operations of Digital Services and the 4th Floor Innovation Team as Assistant Director of the Chattanooga Public Library.

The Winter Webinar series will center on Making through innovation, community engagement, and literacy, three focuses of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives initiative. The sessions are intended to showcase best practices, successes, and to transfer knowledge among ALA members. “Making Strategic Partnerships” will take place on January 13, 2014, and “What is and What’s Next – Making Assessment and Opportunities” will take place on February 14, 2014.

These webinars are presented by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and co-sponsored by the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) and Barbara Stripling’s Presidential Advisory Committee. For more information about this series or for questions about registration, please contact the ALA Office for Library Advocacy at advocacy@ala.org.

Registration is mandatory, and limited to the first 100 participants who arrive in the virtual room. Visit the Adobe Connect event page to sign up today: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e1k1sfpdrss/event/registration.html

The Winter Webinar Series is part of Stripling’s Libraries Change Lives Webinar Series, which will explore these focuses through partnerships, literacy innovations, and more, throughout her presidential year. For information on these webinars, or for speaking opportunities, please contact Sue Considine at sconsidine@fflib.org.

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