What happens when you create an Innovation Lab at your library where people can explore, learn new technology and share their knowledge? Everybody wants in! Learn how Chad Mairn from the Seminole Community Library designed a Maker Boot Camp just for kids to connect them to coding, robotics, circuitry and more.
About Chad Mairn
Chad is a librarian, teacher, author and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for all things technology as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at St. Petersburg College and also manages the college’s Innovation Lab.
While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused on mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written several book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. In 2016, he was awarded the League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology.
After writing grants, garnering the support of the college foundation and finding community partners, St. Petersburg College’s Innovation Lab was born.