Your Name and Title:

Rebecca Ferrer

Digital Librarian, Youth Services

Library, School, or Organization Name:

The Ferguson Library

Stamford, CT

Co-Presenter Name(s):

Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

East Coast, Connecticut

Language in Which You Will Present:

English

Target Audience(s):

Children's & YA Librarians,School Media Specialists, MLIS Students, Public Library Administrators

Short Session Description (one line):

How our Makerspace went from an idea to a system-wide service

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

Our journey in creating two makerspaces, a VR Lab and an annual Maker Fair in our public library has been a complex and exciting process. It began with an idea and over a few years turned into a library system wide initiative that produced new professional positions, varied and unexpected funding sources and became an important budget item for a service that we plan to soon extend to all five locations in our city library system. For those who are starting out or growing, we can offer a template for how it can be built from nothing to a thriving and important library service.  

Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:

https://fergusonlibrary.org/youth/makerspace/

http://fergusonlibrary.org/learn-explore/makerspace/

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