Maker Tool Circulating Kits

Make it @ Your Library

Date Awarded
Grant Period
01/30/15 to 04/29/15
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Knight Library Initiative, Knight News Challenge, Knight Prototype Fund

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  • Oak Park, IL

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Sharing the tools and technology of the maker movement by prototyping an equipment lending system - a process for sharing maker kits between libraries - that builds on existing interlibrary loan frameworks

Project Team

Amy Killebrew and team

Allison Parker is a Youth Services Librarian at Barrington Area Library in Illinois. A lifelong enthusiast for children’s literature and lifelong learning, she earned an MLIS at Dominican University in 2011 and has been serving young people ever since. Specifically at Barrington, she facilitates playful learning in the newly renovated, 21st-century Youth Services space; selects for print and digital collections; and assists all types of learners in discovering a great book, website, app, or experience.

Amy Killebrew is the User Experience and Emerging Technologies Librarian at Columbia College Chicago. Since earning her MLIS in 2010, she has focused on managing and improving digital library services including library websites and mobile apps through usability testing, analytics, and content management systems. Amy is also working with library administration to plan and implement new library spaces that encourage students to explore, create, and experiment in new ways.

Elizabeth Ludemann is an Adult Services / Emerging Technologies Librarian at Morton Grove Public Library in Illinois. After completing her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame, she went on to earn an MLIS at Dominican University and enthusiastically entered the public library world hoping to foster lifelong learning and experimentation in communities. At MGPL you can find her on the reference desk, developing instruction and teaching classes, and handling all things e-book related.

Katy Hite is an Adult Services Librarian at Worthington Libraries in Ohio. Following several years as a freelance theater technician, she earned her MLIS at Dominican University in 2010. Post-graduate experience includes three years at Roosevelt University as a Distance Learning Librarian. At Worthington, Katy enjoys programming for all ages, particularly facilitating a new cookbook discussion group (because a community that gathers around food is one that’s sure to last!)

Vicki Rakowski is the Head of Youth Services at La Grange Public Library, in La Grange, IL, and has been a public librarian since 2010. She strives to create an engaging space through exhibits, displays and programs. In addition to her MLIS, Vicki also holds an MFA in Creative Writing, and loves to curate opportunities for children and their caregivers to learn through creating and making.

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