005 – Meg Backus & Geoff Millener, Chattanooga 4th Floor Makerspace



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In This Episode – 10/16/14

This summer, Table Top Inventing brought our Inventor’s Bootcamp to Chattanooga, TN. We had to swing by the famous Chattanooga Library 4th Floor Makerspace, of course! Listen in as Steve chats with Meg and Geoff about the changing role of libraries, the impact of maker technology on education, and the SnoriCam, invented by two guys with the last name of Snori who weren’t related to each other!

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Guest Bio

Meg Backus earned her Masters of Library Science from and has taught in Syracuse University’s School of Information. For the past two years she has worked as the Systems Administrator and Chief Maker at the Chattanooga Public Library where she lead the The 4th Floor project, a public laboratory and educational facility with a focus on information, design, technology, and the applied arts. She has 5 years of library experience, having developed innovative, civic-minded library projects featured in Wired, on NPR, and in the Whitney Biennial. Meg explores and tests various service models for creative, open-ended public spaces–models which leverage community expertise, allow for growth and flexibility, and evolve according to local needs in ways that align with fundamental library values like inclusiveness, access, and cooperation. She thinks of libraries as active testing grounds for building the society that should exist.

Meg loves to read and perhaps above all else is committed to remaining open to new experiences. She is just as interested in promoting opportunities to learn traditional crafts like weaving as she is in facilitating classes using Arduino and 3D printers.

Geoff Millener was born in New Zealand, raised in Tennessee, and educated in Massachusetts. He attended Amherst College, where he spent a great deal of time reading, writing and being cold; he has since returned to Chattanooga, where he’s employed by the Mozilla Foundation working to bridge the digital divide through coordinating the Gigabit Community Fund projects and building a Hive Learning Community. He also teaches an introductory class on 3-D printing for the Chattanooga Public Library’s 4th Floor, which he’s actually vaguely qualified to do.

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