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Thursday, September 19 • 8:10am - 9:00am
Building for the Future: How Campus and Community Collaborations Drive Innovation in Academic Makerspaces

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The University of Minnesota Libraries Makerspaces began as pilots in 2017 with the aim of being student-led and open to all. From the beginning, these spaces have been driven by collaboration and partnerships, some more successful than others. In this session we will talk through some of the challenges we have run into, from recruiting the student volunteers needed to keep the doors open, to staff team decision making, to figuring out who is going to fix the broken 3D-printer. We will also highlight the unexpected wins, such as a partnership with a local teen tech group and finding faculty who are excited to get involved in the spaces, and the transformations planned for the two spaces moving forward. We will close the session with time for audience members to share their own experiences with making and innovation spaces and how to build the crucial partnerships that drive success.

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Tiffany Reichard

Library Assistant, University of Minnesota Libraries
Tiffany Reichard is the Information Services and Technical Support Specialist in Walter Library at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She offers reference services, technology support and library instruction at the libraries. Additionally, Tiffany is an active member of the... Read More →

Rami Jubara

Emerging Technology Support Specialist, University of Minnesota Bio-Medical Library
Rami Jubara is the Emerging Technology Support Specialist at the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Library. They provide information services and technical support for the library and are an active member of the Libraries Makerspaces team. Rami teaches workshops and facilitates... Read More →

Thursday September 19, 2019 8:10am - 9:00am
Owatonna 2

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