2014 / Connecting Make & Community


2014 / Connecting Make & Community

Sidsel Bech-Petersen, Library Transformer, Aarhus Public Libraries

Lisa Brahms, Director of Research and Learning, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

Jeremy Dunn, Director, Teen Services, Chicago Public Library

Jorge Garcia, Library Page, Chicago Public Library

Brandon Klevence, Digital Gypsy, Free Library of Philadelphia

Sasha Neri, Librarian II, General Information Services, Chicago Public Library

Louise Overgaard, Team Leader - Main Library, Aarhus Public Libraries

Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh


Come and join the conversation about makerspaces in libraries. Get an inspiration injection from makerspace prototypes and experiments - and tell us what you know and have learned about the maker movement in your library and in your local community.

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Speaker Bios

Sidsel Bach-Peterson
Library Transformer
Aarhus Public Libraries (DK)

As a Library Transformer, Sidsel Bach-Peterson supports the process of transforming the Main Library into the future library in Dokk1, the new main library in Aarhus. Her main focus areas are:

design thinking as a tool to transfom libraries; digital surfaces in a physcial library building; and service design and customer engagement in libraries. Sidesel has worked on NEXT Library: conferences and innovation camps; Transformation Lab: new ideas for the physical library of the future;  Use the users!,userdriven innovation in libraries; InfoGallery: How to use large displays and digital media in a physical setting; and Mobile Probes: How to use mobile phones to collect knowledge about our users.

Twitter: @sidselbech

Lisa Brahms
PhD, Director of Learning and Research
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (PA)

Lisa Brahms is the Director of Learning and Research at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out of School Environments (UPCLOSE).  Lisa has been an educator and designer of formal and informal learning experiences and environments for over a decade, working in schools and at numerous children’s, art and history museums. Lisa earned her PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh and holds a master’s degree in Museum Education and Childhood Education from Bank Street School of Education. 

Jeremy Dunn
Director, Teen Services
Chicago Public Library

Jeremy Dunn, is the Director of Teen Services at the Chicago Public Library. He is responsible for the development of a new Teen Services system-wide department that supports library staff in developing teen-driven programs and interest-based learning environments based on the success of the YOUmedia library services model. He has also worked as a school librarian, an educator and administrator in the Chicago Public Schools and in rural Kenya. Although he’s been a city dweller in Chicago for more than 20 years, his roots are further west in the Great Plains where he grew up on a Kansas farm.

Twitter: @jldunn2

Brandon (BK) Klevence
Lead Mentor and Prototype
Free Library of Philadelphia (PA)

BK Klevence is Lead Mentor and Prototyper at the Free Library of Philadelphia with a background in Industrial Design, Interactive Installations and the Built Environment. He helped pilot maker programming at the Free Library in 2013 working within a variety of different spaces and contexts. Currently, he acts as a resource to library staff, artists and mentors to develop and implement new projects and programing. This is done through the Maker Jawn Initiative, a working group at the Free Library which he has helped form, grow and maintain.

Twitter: @bklvnc

Louise Overgaard
Team Leader
Aarhus Public Libraries (DK)

Louise Overgaard works as a team leader for the Family and Children’s team. Louise works intensely with developing the new Family and Children’s section at Dokk1 – the future library in Aarhus. The focus is on stories, play and learning. Through various development processes and cooperation with external partners the aim is to create a unique space for families and children in Aarhus. Louise has also for several years worked as project manager at the Main Library and has among other projects managed youth projects, projects about collaboraitve innovation and a two year project about makerspaces in the library. 

Twitter: L_Overgaard

Jane Werner
Executive Director
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (PA)

Jane Werner’s 31 years of museum experience includes 23 years at The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh where she served as Program Director, Deputy Director and currently as Executive Director. Jane is President of the Association of Children’s Museums. She is past president of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Board and New Hazlett Theater. She is on the Advisory Boards of the Maker Education Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University’s Studio for Creative Inquiry, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and Fred Rogers’ Center. 

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