Yesterday I arrived in London, where the sun is shining ( yay!) and where I will spend the upcoming week. It’s going to be a real #mozlib week indeed:
At Internet Librarian International – the annual European meeting point for digitally inclined library professional – I will give a short presentation about ICT training in public libraries and how Mozilla tools and connected learning principles can boost digital literacies (here’s a short article on the subject that I wrote recently: Connected learning: boosting ICT training in public librarie
I so much like the fact that I will be part of a session named Transformational Teaching, since that’s really my ambition: to contribute to a deep transformation of the very idea of ICT training in libraries, and make room for a move forward towards the formation of a digital literacies strategy that spans over all activities in libraries. If you will be attending the conference I would be psyched to see you there. It’s on Wednesday 22 of October and I’m looking forward to a lot of idea exchange with you and other fellow digital library geeks from around the globe
At #ILI2014 I’m also happy to be part of the X Track, where I will be showcasing hackerspace related stuff together with two very productive European bibliomakers: Jeroen from Frysklab and Rasmus from Copenhagen FabLab. Can’t wait to meetup and see what we can make! As far as I am concerned I’ll bring a set of ‘maker boxes’….
Finally, at the end of the week I’ll be attending the annual Mozilla Festival, where I will try to find a balanced focus on just a FEW things but I will probably fail – there is so much happening!. Well, it most certainly will be some kind of sallad with the following tasty ingredients: Hive learning Networks, Digital Literacy, Open Badges, Digital Art and the Mobile Web. If you’re attending mozfest and want to meetup, don’t hesitate to give me a ping. Looking forward to seeing you!
One of my favourite libraries in the Stockholm area is the recently launched ‘Bibblerian’, a small but dedicated place for reading, learning and making.
Step by step, and in partnership with the development project The Public Office , the library has a vision of becoming not only a place for checking out books, but also a free and open shared office space for project work, training and making.
Tomorrow I’m happy to be part of the library’s very first Maker Party, yay! As a matter of fact, it’s going to be also the very first Swedish library maker party. At the event, we will showcase a ‘smorgasbord’ of both physical and digital tools for making and interactivity, such as Scratch, fusible beads, knitting, Webmaker, App Maker, Leap Motion, Raspberry Pi, Arduino…. even the library’s own kitchen! Since it’s the first time this kind of event is hosted in the library we don’t really know how many will show up, or what kind of maker activites they will prefer. My guess is that the ‘kitchen make’ will be especially popular!
Will keep you posted here and on the event page!
#remixIFLA #hackthelibrary #makerparty #teachtheweb
The will be many cool web things you can make at the Mozillarian Maker Party on Wednesday. Why not remix IFLA:s website, for example? Or tell your #wlic2014 story in a comic strip with Thimble? You can start remixing your own comic strip right away in English here or in French here! (thanks @guldorac for sharing this great idea!)
Good news for connected learners and maker librarians!
At the upcoming IFLA 2014 – World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, there will be at least three events dealing with Connected Learning:
1: The Public Library as a Community Hub for Connected Learning
In Session 167 – Management and Marketing with Public Libraries, I will give a presentation on The Public Library as a Community Hub for Connected Learning. Download the paper here!
2: Mozillarian Maker Party!
3: Shaping the New Information Normal: Connected Learning through Empowering Young Adult Spaces
Maura Marx, Deputy Director for Library Services at Institute of Library and Museum Services in Washington DC, will present on connected learning and adult spaces in session Session 203 – Metropolitan Libraries. Read more here and download her paper here!
The launch of Mozilla’s global Maker Party campaign is approaching…
The campaign will be running from the 15th of July until the 15th of September and you and your library can be a part of it. All kinds of people who care about the open web, learning, teaching and making will throw Maker Party events in different public and semi-public spaces where connected learning can happen: schools, universities, libraries, cafés, youth centres, cultural centres and more….
There are already quite a few library events registered on the Maker Party events page, check them out and add your own event!
You can also find them here on the blog, listed on our Mozilla events in libraries page.
Libraries are perfect locations for learning, teaching the web and promoting web literacy in our communities. A Maker Party doesn’t have to be big. As a matter of fact it can be as small as two people, and still be both meaningful, effective and fun. Think quality, not just quantity. Here in Stockholm, on the 6th of September, we’ll throw our first library Maker Party at the Bibblerian Library, a new centre for learning, community support and study and career counceling. It’s going to be great fun!
What’s your webmaking plan for YOUR library?
Any library can be a zone for digital learning and making. Why not follow these simple steps and throw a Maker Party in your own library:
- Check out the Event guides on https://events.webmaker.org
- Look for mozillians in your area. Or just talk to anyone Get together and make plans.
- Working in a library? Perfect! Ask your manager if you can host an event. If he/she says yes, give a hug. If he/she says no, go to another library
- Not working in a library? Go to your local library and ask them to let you throw an event. If they say yes, give them a hug. If they say no, go to another library
- Set a date and put up the event on https://events.webmaker.org
- Make, and order, some party gear!
- Spread the word in your community – go viral in social media!
- Get in your best party mode, don’t be afraid to fail, and convert your library into a makerspace :))
YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, recently published this document, crammed with great tips about how to get started with making activities in your library. Love it!
Browse it below or download it in PDF format here:
Making in the library toolkit
The nCompass Live crew at the Nebraska Library Commission (Christa Burns and Michael Sauers) are really great online moderators! They did a great job at today’s show, when Christine, Chris and I talked about how to build bridges between libraries and Mozilla projects, networks and resources. Technically speaking, everything also went very well, apart from some minor issues with my own computer.
And… now the recorded version of the show is available, yay!
Please share your opinions and ideas about the show and don’t hesitate to take contact, on Twitter or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), for follow up questions!
On June 25, Åke, Christine and Chris have been kindly invited by the Nebraska Library Commission to be part of their monthly nCompass Live Tech Talk Webinar! The conversation will be moderated by the Technology Innovation Librarian Michael Sauers, aka Travelling Librarian, and we’re so grateful for the invitation!
In this session we’ll highlight some Webmaker tools and resources, showcase some emerging Mozillarians, and give you some easy ways to get started by throwing a Webmaker Party.
More and more librarians and library-lovers are realizing that they have a lot in common with Mozilla. While some people think Mozilla is just a tech company that makes Firefox, these savvy “Mozillarians” know that they’re more than that: Mozilla is a global community of people who believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet
Mozilla creates initiatives like Webmaker and drives the Hive Learning Networks — both focused on advancing web literacy, connected learning, and digital skills. These programs spark creativity and innovation, as well as build tools, curricula, and a community of people dedicated to helping others. Initiatives that enable citizens to develop 21st-century skills, become creators and shapers of the web, explore interests and opportunities, and develop themselves and their communities. Which kinda sounds like, well, what librarians do
Åke Nygren, Stockholm Public Library
Åke has been active in various library projects with a focus on lifelong learning, learning environments, digital inclusion, and social media. He is currently working with digital signage and social media for the Stockholm Public Library Digital Library Dept. Åke is a big fan of Mozilla and other projects working for a free and open internet. In January 2014, he launched a collaborative blog — Mozillarian.org — where he and other “Mozillarians” explore the intersection between the Mozilla community and the library world.
Chris Lawrence, Mozilla Foundation
Chris is the Senior Director of Mozilla’s Webmaker community team. Through this work Chris helps guide the Hive Learning Network project — helping to spread connected learning and web literacy through the exploration of digital skills for youth and educators. He is a graduate of Bank Street College’s Museum Education program and previously worked at the New York Hall of Science.
Christine Prefontaine, Facilitating Change
Christine is a strategist, activist, innovator, and designer. She is the founder of Facilitating Change, a boutique consultancy focusing on international, nonprofit, and community development. Her recent work focuses on civic media and technologies, libraries and other innovation spaces, and web-first publishing. She is a huge library advocate and an active member of the Mozilla community. Previously, she worked for the Technology & Social Change Group (TASCHA) at the University of Washington Information School, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and Deloitte’s Emerging Markets Group.