Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Discovery Services
Information Technology Librarian
In 2017, DePaul University launched two maker spaces: the Idea Realization Lab in the College of Computing and Digital Media and the Maker Hub in the John T. Richardson Library. Initially planned and designed independently, maker spaces and services are increasingly coordinated through a community-centered approach toward “building the maker community at DePaul.” This presentation will include discussion of the challenges inherent in coordinating a campus-wide approach to the use of new technology in a decentralized campus IT environment, it will identify initial programs designed to bring maker space programs together across campus, including articulation of student learning outcomes, and the design of faculty development initiatives. It will also explore ways in which maker technology is growing into a component in community engagement initiatives in a city with a “maker across the lifespan” approach, including collaboration with K-12 schools, public libraries, and start-up centers.