Build a Circuit & Learn to Program an Arduino in a Silicon Valley Hackerspace

Panel of Inventors & Librarians Working Together for a More Creative Tomorrow
A LITA Preconference at 2015 ALA Annual

Register online for the ALA Annual Conference and add a LITA Preconference

Friday, June 26, 2015, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Check out this welcoming Video from Mitch Altman, co-founder of the Noisebridge Hacker space.

arduinoComputers have changed our lives, but what do we really know about them? Library/information centers can provide answers. Via this hackerspace hosted innovative and experiential session, attendees will learn practical skills such as soldering and learning the basics of Arduino programing and being able to create and adapt programs for their own needs. A panel of Silicon Valley insiders and librarians will share how their institutions programs on programming contribute to analytical thinking.

This experiential session is for anyone, with or without experience, who is curious about the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) / Do-It-Together (DIT) movement, and how it can help libraries. Come join LITA at Noisebridge, for a day at one of the first US hackerspaces. In the morning, attendees will learn to solder their own limited edition LITA project, learn the basics of electronics, and leave not only with the projects they made and inspiration to experiment on their own, but also with ideas for implementation of hackerspaces in their libraries.

There will be an afternoon panel lead by a Silicon Valley inventor and library colleagues from School, Public and University Libraries that will provide different perspectives of how a hackerspace and its programming can provide a catalyst for lifelong learning in students/patrons, and how libraries can remain relevant and supportive far into the future. The discussion will include helpful hints to decide what type of space and tools are is right for your institution. Finally there will be a choice of experiential small group projects along with tours of the space.

An additional materials fee of $25, payable at the door, may apply for this session

Additional resources

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces
Mitch Altman TedxBrussels talk
Tod Colgrove TedxReno Talk
Castilleja School Bourn Idea Lab
The Maker Jawn Initiative at the Free Library of Philadelphia


  • Mitch Altman, Co-founder of Noisebridge, President and CEO of Cornfield Electronics
  • Tod Colegrove, Head of DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, University of Nevada – Reno
  • Angi Chau, Director of Bourn Idea Lab, Castilleja School (Palo Alto,CA)
  • Brandon (BK) Klevence, Maker Mentor and Prototyper, The Maker Jawn Initiative (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Tara M Radniecki, Engineering Librarian at DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno
  • Daniel Verbit, MLIS Candidate, University of Alabama


The fun will take place at the well known Noisebridge hackerspace. Accessible using the BART system.


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  • LITA Member $235 (coupon code: LITA2015)
  • ALA Member $350
  • Non-Member $380


To register for any of these events, you can include them with your initial conference registration or add them later using the unique link in your email confirmation. If you don’t have your registration confirmation handy, you can request a copy by emailing alaannual@compusystems.com. You also have the option of registering for a preconference only. To receive the LITA member pricing during the registration process on the Personal Information page enter the discount promotional code: LITA2015

Register online for the ALA Annual Conference and add a LITA Preconference
Call ALA Registration at 1-866-513-0760
Onsite registration will also be accepted in San Francisco.

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to the course, contact LITA at (312) 280-4269 or Mark Beatty, mbeatty@ala.org