I am currently the adult makerspace librarian at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, Connecticut.
I began working in libraries in 2007 and got my MLIS in 2015. During my time in the graduate program at Syracuse, I focused on library makerspaces. As part of the Entretech program I toured many tech companies along Silicon Alley in Manhattan. I traveled to the Chattanooga Public Library and other institutions while researching my final project, and for my internship helped the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association modernize itself to tap into the maker movement.
I was hired in 2015 to establish the adult makerspace at the Ferguson Library. The makerspace has offered classes and workshops on a variety of topics: clay sculpting, computer programming, podcasting, traditional art from India, website design, Arduino and Raspberry Pi, book publishing, computer animation, paper cutting, and more.
In 2015 I was instrumental in organizing the library’s first MakeFest, a library-wide celebration of creativity in the Stamford area.
In 2016 the library formed a partnership that brought Virtual Reality to its patrons.
In the course of my duties I have gone to World Maker Faire, the American Library Association Midwinter conference, the Urban Libraries Conference, and the Center for Book Arts (NYC), among other places. I aided the library in writing a successful grant application to the Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and currently serve on a library committee that will help implement a $2,000,000 Innovation Grant in Stamford. I am also organizing a TEDx event that will be hosted by the library in March 2018.
Years ago, I wrote a makerspace manifesto, and now I get to carry it out.