Many artists, entrepreneurs and inventors are using library makerspace equipment such as 3-D printers, open-source electronic prototyping, and other emerging technology to foster their creativity and entrepreneurship initiatives. But once a creation is made, what next?
Libraries are uniquely equipped to serve as both the center for creation and an incubator for business. The panel will consist of Dorothy Jones-Davis, executive director of Nation of Makers, staff from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and a lead librarian of a PTRC. Panelists will discuss current trends in the making and patenting industry, steps for establishing a collaboration between PTRC and makerspaces in your community, and best practices for creating a pipeline for patrons between making and manufacturing. This panel will also compliment the Washington Office’s advocacy pre-conference event on library makerspaces for members of Congress and their staff that will be held on Thursday in the U.S. Capitol.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA,WO
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.