Virtualizing Makerspaces and Technology Services: Leveraging Virtual Student Workers and Peer-to-Peer Software

Thursday, 1/28/2021
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This interactive webcast will discuss pivoting library makerspaces and learning commons to virtual services through peer-to-peer software and technology training, touchless fabrication services, and after-hours peer tutoring. Learn how to leverage virtual student workers and existing technology tools to not just keep your physical maker- and tech-spaces afloat today but to pioneer services for tomorrow. This includes course-integrated digital literacy instruction, student-to-student technology workshops, after-hours online peer tutoring, and off-site fabrication services that can be delivered via touchless lockers or curbside pickup.    

We’ll discuss virtualization scenarios for a variety of services common to academic libraries, hear from student workers providing the services, and ask attendees to share their own COVID transition successes and best virtual practices. During the interactive portion of the session, participants will collaboratively evaluate services at their libraries for virtualization, identifying available resources and challenges. The presenters will create a Slack channel dedicated to library workers and student assistants engaged in virtualizing makerspaces and technology services that will be available to participants after the session, encouraging continued discussion and learning

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to design virtual services for a makerspace or fabrication lab.
  • Participants will understand how to develop and maintain peer learning opportunities.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate digital tools for virtual and peer technology assistance.

Who Should Attend

Academic library professionals, especially those responsible for makerspaces and learning commons


Sharon Thompson, Student Technology Training Coordinator, San Jose State University
Christina Mune, Associate Dean, San Jose State University
Opi Dhami, Graduate Student, San Jose State University



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES: For purposes of group registration, ACRL will define a group as up to 30 individuals from a single institution working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webcast. Also, group registration includes access to the archived recording for one year for unlimited staff at a registered institution.

How to Register

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the January 2021 heading.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording will be shared shortly after the live event.


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