To make it easier for us to track each idea or submission as it comes in, please post your ideas and/or write-ups as new discussions in the Boing Boing story ideas forum. I think that will also make it easier to tell which comments go with which stories.
For full write-ups, you can also email them to me at jlevine [at] ala.org or to Tina Coleman at ccoleman [at] ala.org.
Here's the template for what we need as a write-up that can be submitted directly to Boing Boing.
- Title (preferably something that will appeal to Boing Boing's Happy Mutants and isn't just a press release headline)
- Content of the post - don't forget to include any URLs that should be embedded in the text
- URLs of any media to be included (pictures, video, etc.) or you can attach files to the Connect discussion
- Byline as "Firstname Lastname, Organizational Affiliation" with a URL for the organization's website (or however else the person should be identified); eg: Jane Doe, Awesome (IL) Public Library
Note that our preference would be to have someone from the owning library do the write-up and include a link to a page on the library's site so that they get the full credit and traffic, but we're also happy to take submissions from anyone who is passionate about an idea.
Thanks, everyone - keep the ideas coming!
Greetings LibraryLab Members!
If you have not already heard, there is a new resource for maker librarians and those interested in being maker librarians - Make It @ Your Library (http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/) - created in collaboration with Instructables.com!
If you attended ALA Annual this summer, you may remember a group speaking about this resource at the beginning of the LibraryLab program - TEDx and Libraries: A Perfect Partnership.
The live site launched back in October and we invite you take a look, use it, and become involved!
For the official press release, visit: http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/press
If you have questions or feedback, feel free to response to this discussion or email the Make It @ Your Library team: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're coming to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, we hope to see you at some LibraryLab sessions. Here's what we're up to, along with some other sessions that might be of interest.
LibraryLab program - TEDx and Libraries: A Perfect Partnership
(Also include info about an upcoming resource being built for making in libraries)
McCormick Place, S103d
LibraryLab Business Meeting
McCormick Place, N227b
HackLibSchool/LibraryLab Meetup - come be social with us!
The Green Door Tavern
McCormick Place, Hall A1, Special Events Area
Mark Frauenfelder (Founder of Boing Boing and Founding Editor-in-chief of MAKE Magazine)
McCormick Place, S106a
Princeton Public Library has been an active member of the global TEDx community since 2009 and in that time they've hosted a variety of TEDx events for all ages. TEDx events are a great way to ignite engagement for the community you serve and encourage participation on all levels from the planning to the day of the event. TEDx events can be smaller monthly salons or large day-long conferences -- in other words, they can be easily scaled to suit your budget and space. Topics will include how to get a license, the planning process, lessons learned and much more.
We'll also hear from a team of librarians working on a new resource for making in libraries. In partnership with the American Library Association and Instructables, the Make It Project (developed and funded in coordination with ILEAD USA) seeks to bring the best maker projects from Instructables to librarians in order to further the adoption and adaption of maker culture into library culture. We seek to encourage librarians to embrace and promote the processes of exploration, creation, and hands-on learning in their communities. This brief introduction will explain the project and how you can get involved in it.
Come meet the #makeithappen crowd at the joint HackLibSchool / LibraryLab Meetup at The Green Door Tavern on Sunday evening.
Location: The Green Door Tavern
678 North Orleans
Map It - http://bit.ly/12sT6bi
I attended the Make to Learn Symposium yesterday (which was pretty awesome), and I got to talk to Dale Dougherty (the founder of MAKE Magazine) for a little while. If you haven't seen their newish Makerspace site, you should definitely check it out. It also includes their Makerspace Playbook (PDF) that we want to customize for libraries.
There's also a Makerspace Directory on the site where you can add your library if you have a space in your building (or your community if it's not listed). MAKE could use some help sorting through the data that's coming in to the Directory, so I'm looking for volunteers to help with this project. Please comment here or email me at jlevine [at] ala.org if you'd like to get involved.
Hello all you Happy Mutants!
This is just a quick followup from ALA Midwinter...way back at ALA Annual we talked during the BoingBoing business meeting about changing the name of the group to something less specific and more flexible, so that as we make inroads with other groups (Make Magazine, etc) the "BoingBoing" name isn't confusing. As a result, we decided to move to officially calling ourselves:
SO: The name of this group will be changing to reflect this...we were officially given the blessing by ALA to make the name change at Midwinter. Moving forward, we'll be ALA LibraryLab!
Viva ALA LibraryLab!
Yours in Happy Mutation,