Core Forum Webinar Series on Technology Part 2: Makerspaces and Libraries: Advocacy, Needs, and Moving Forward

This is Part 2 of the Core Forum Webinar Series on Technology. To register for this single webinar presentation, click the registration button shown above. To register for the complete 4-Part Core Forum Webinar Series on Technology, click this link to view the series registration page.

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CT
Presenters: Laura Hicks, Cara Kouse, and Leanne Nay


Makerspaces in all types of libraries have common needs. Through a panel presentation we will present the ways in which makerspaces address information needs of library users, and provide a frame to create a unified path forward to establish guidelines, standards, and support for makerspaces in libraries. How might we establish a shared advocacy platform to generate support for all types of makerspaces? Learn from panel presenters about the goals of makerspaces in public, school, and academic makerspaces, and generate awareness regarding how this important work advances all kinds of literacies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • define the various goals of different types of library makerspaces in order to advocate for makerspaces in their communities or on a wider scale;
  • understand how makerspaces advance multiple literacies in order to effectively utilize their makerspaces for learning; and
  • discuss the common needs of library makerspaces to create inclusive and empowering makerspaces that serve all of our users.


Laura Hicks is the Education Specialist for School Library Media at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). She provides leadership in the area of school libraries to school districts and other organizations, and speaks for school libraries on state governing boards and committees. Previous to working with the MSDE, she was a secondary school librarian for 14 years.

Cara Kouse is the Innovation and Makerspace Manager at Greene County Public Library in Ohio. Cara has degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and a Masters in Library and Information Science. She has worked in academic and public libraries during her career, working in branch management prior to starting at GCPL in 2016. Cara created the makerspace department, built out the makerspace, and has since been running and growing the makerspace and maker programming.

Leanne Nay is the Digital Engagement Librarian at Indiana University where she manages the Wells Library Makerspace. Her research focuses on gender imbalance in makerspaces and creating mobile makerspaces.

Tech Requirements
Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event. 

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