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Workshopping Library Makerspaces

Rachel Messeck

A New Englander at heart, when she's not at P'unk Ave Rachel can often be found in eagle's pose, thrifting for a great find, or enjoying a glass of pinot noir.  

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Fri, Aug 5 2016

Our retreat workshop service draws on components of our website redesign process-- specifically, the collaborative, consensus-building design workshop. Using this human-centered approach, we highlight both personal experience and team values. We believe that identifying values and beliefs plays a huge role in creating buy-in and support of an organizational mission and vision.

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Earlier this summer, LibraryLink NJ asked us to investigate and share best practices in makerspaces in libraries across the state of NJ. We researched what libraries were doing differently in their spaces, how they were engaging the maker community, and what they were seeking to improve. We then gathered the leaders of the makerspaces across the state together at a workshop to generate ideas on how the makerspaces could collaborate. One of the greatest outcomes of the project was another engagement with LibraryLink NJ: to plan and facilitate their board retreat. There, we provided them an opportunity to establish personal relationships and set a foundation for the mostly online interactions in the upcoming year.

Dear P’unk Ave --

Thank you so much for the follow-up to our Board Retreat last week. Reviewing the slides was taking a trip down memory lane. I love the integration of the written word and the photos -- both are so powerful and evocative of the day.

To say that I am thrilled with the results of the Board Retreat is an understatement. I feel that we met our goals of getting to know each other, working together as an effective board and getting a jump start on our strategic plan. It's set us up for success in the coming year together.

Thank you again.

Kathy Schalk-Greene, Executive Director
LibraryLinkNJ: The New Jersey Library Cooperative

Whether we’re planning and facilitating a board retreat or designing and building a website, we want to help our clients tell their story and be their best version of themselves. No matter how we evolve what we do here at P’unk Ave, our work continues to focus on helping our clients articulate why they do their work and bringing that narrative and mission to life.

Tell us:

  • What’s your story?
  • Why do you want to tell it?
  • Who should hear it?
  • How can we help?
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