Many contemporary critics hear the term "maker-space" in the context of the library and laugh. Modern maker-spaces and learning centers within libraries are seen as passing fads, doomed to meet an end as quickly as they spring up. The Melrose Center at the Orange County Public Library System proving the critics wrong, with a learning environment that goes beyond the 3D printer and perpetuates the core mission of the public library- To be a valued, free resource center and haven of learning for their patrons.
[Mary Ann Hodel, Library Director and CEO of the Orange County Library System]
AGATI sat down with Mary Ann Hodel [Library Director and CEO of the Orange County Library System], Ormilla Vengersammy [Technology and Education Center & Melrose Center Department Head at OCLS], Milinda Neusaenger [Admin Assistant at OCLS], and Debbie Moss [Assistant Director & Division Head for Technical Support], to discuss how The Melrose Center provides a number of hands on learning tools for their community that will prepare them for upcoming career paths, expose them to new opportunities, and allow them to try something they've never thought possible.