Professional Development

Makerspaces: Free Professional Development Workshop

Makerstate Initiative

Free Professional Development Workshop for Library Staff

On Monday, May 18, the Parachute Factory will be hosting 2 professional development workshops at the Loma Colorado Branch of the Rio Rancho Public Library.

Come to one or both sessions! Sign up here so we can get a head count:

Registration is NOT required for this last minute great news!

Makerspaces in Libraries: Agenda

Morning Session

Makerspaces and maker culture: Libraries & the PopUp Makerspace
Parachute Factory director Mariano Ulibarri will give a quick introduction to the Maker Movement, with a focus on “popup” makerspace events in New Mexico Libraries.

RESOURCES 9:30 to 10:00am
Finding Makerspace Curriculum
An introduction to resources for planning makerspace programs in your library.

HANDS ON / MAKER WORKSHOP 10:15am to 12:00pmpneumatictubes
Maker Education & Maker Empowerment
Parachute Factory is part of Harvard University’s Agency by Design Learning Community, a
research project on makerspaces and maker education. This hands on workshop focuses on frameworks developed by Harvard’s research team. Participants will be introduced to Parts,
Purposes, and Complexities a thinking routine that encourages makers to slow down and
look closely at designed and made elements of an object.

Afternoon Session

The afternoon session is designed as a meetup for librarians interested in setting up Maker
Hubs in their libraries. NMSL Maker Hub Libraries will receive equipment, supplies, and
guidance on hosting independent makerspace workshops.

DISCUSSION 1:00 to 2:00pm
Discussion topics include:
● Strategies for equipping a space (resources for free / inexpensive gear)
● Community maker organizations (Curiosity Hacked,, Maker Camp)
● Resources from NMSL

HANDS ON / MAKER WORKSHOP 2:00 to 3:00pm
Maker Education & Maker Empowerment
This hands on workshop focuses on frameworks developed by Harvard’s research team.
Participants will be introduced to Imagine If a thinking routine used to redesign or hack an
existing object or system to be more effective, efficient, ethical, and/or beautiful.



This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [LS-00-14-0032-14].”

About Ryanne

Ryanne Cooper, Assistant State Librarian, Bureau Chief of Library Development Services New Mexico State Library, is highly interested in what you are doing at your library! Contact her to share your story.

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