Makerbox Meetup for Librarians & friends tonight 8pm @ Mozilla Festival!

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Mozillians on Twitter are amazing. Tweeted one hour ago that a #mozlib meetup tonight would be nice. Now we have a plan :)

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In other words: look out for us at the Hive table tonight at Mozilla Festival’s Science Fair.  Come and say hello! Can’t wait to show you my maker boxes :) /Åke

 

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Bye Mozillarian! Hi #mozlib!

Badge(53)I started this blog one year ago (almost) as a direct result of all the good energy and inspiration I received from attending Mozilla Festival 2013. It’s been an exciting year and I’ve learnt so much: by branding the blog “mozillarian” I wanted to make a contribution to a cross-boundary conversation about all the good values and opportunities that Mozilla and libraries have in common. And by referring to myself as a mozillarian I found an empowering tool for the “remixing” of my own professional persona. Since I work for libraries but I’m not a “real” librarian (I didn’t go to library school and, to be honest, I feel rather lost in the literature world) and since I’m a mozillian but with a specific passion for the web as a global library for reading, making and learning, it’s felt quite liberating (and fun!) to identify as a ‘mozillarian’. I feel very happy about the good outcomes of spreading the use of this term.

However, after one year of ‘mozillarianship’, I now feel that it’s time for a change. And since today is the kickoff of Mozilla Festival 2014, I think this is a perfect moment for a remix of the blog and its “brand”:

Mozillarian is now #mozlib

Why?

  • First of all, because I feel the need for a change :) It’s good to do a bit of revamping every now and then, isn’t it?
  • Secondly, because Mozillarian is such a long word, and also a bit difficult to articulate. Mozlarian? Eh? Mozzarellarian? Qué? ;)
  • And thirdly, because it’s obviously a bit too close to ‘mozillian‘, the common way to describe a member of the Mozilla community.

So, in short: in order to re-ignite my own passion for blogging and also to minimize the risk for confusion I’ve decided to revamp the whole mozillarian thing into #mozlib. The new domain name is mozlib.org*. I hope this will will turn out to be a good decision, both for me and for those of you who wish to continue on this exploration journey of the Mozilla community and the library world.

/Åke

*the domain mozillarian.org will still be working but you’ll get redirected to mozlib.org

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:

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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

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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 :)

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X_Track_logoAt #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’…. :)

 

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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!

/Åke

Maker Party at ‘Bibblerian’ library – towards a public office for making, learning and training

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! :D

Will keep you posted here and on the event page!

/Åke

Remix IFLA at the Mozillarian Maker Party!

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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!)

Our hangout and hackerspace will be the shared office space Locaux Motiv in the Guillotière. Hope to see you there! Check out the invite here and pre-register here!

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Calling Connected Learners & Maker Librarians @ IFLA 2014!

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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!

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2: Mozillarian Maker Party!

In conjunction with my presentation Flore Allemandou and I invite you all to take part in a Maker Party at Locaux Motiv! Read more and RSVP here!

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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!

/Åke

 

Throw a Maker Party in your library!

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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.

 

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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: