Offical blog of the Ontario Library and Information Technology Association

Taking a break

Due to personal circumstances I will be taking a break from Maker Librarian and putting the site on an extended hiatus. Thanks to everyone for their support and I hope to be back in a few months.
Until then, keep making, hacking and creating!

3D Printing and Copyright

Michael Weinberg, Vice President of the Institute for Emerging Innovation at, has just released a follow up to his influential 2010 whitepaper It Will Be Awesome if They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology. What’s the Deal with Copyright and 3D Printing?  looks […]

3D Printed Fashion

“Upon visiting Openhouse’s 3DEA Pop Up Store at the Eventi Hotel, we were taken with the evolving 3D printing technology and how it has been applied to fashion and design. Designers Aaron Trocola, Heidi Lee, Mary Huang, Pauline van Dongen, and Dirk van der Kooij showcased fashion and industrial design pieces that push the boundaries […]

Fabienne Serrière on Open Hardware for a Faster Future

Open source hardware, open source firmware and open source industrial design has seeped into our reality. Open development of products, art projects, and all physical things occur on a blindingly rapid and ever forking path. From circuits to software to housings, learn about engineering on a different plane of transparency. In this talk you’ll hear […]

At home printing off a load of rubbish

“The ironic thing about rapid prototyping is how slow it is,” he comments. He’s also sceptical about the usefulness of 3D printers: “I think if the quality goes up and the price comes down then a lot of people will get them,” he predicts, but asks ”do we really want people at home printing off […]

The Fixer’s Manifesto from Sugru

Sugru have created The Fixer’s Manifesto and hope that you can help make it better! Fixing is the unsung hero of creativity. And it really shouldn’t be. It’s the most common, humble and beautiful form of creativity there is. Let’s wear that belief proudly. Let’s notice and celebrate these little everyday triumphs, and help others […]

Mitch Altman at TEDxBrussels

Mitch Altman has been putting together electronic hardware in his own unique style for nearly thirty years. He was an early virtual reality pioneer at VPL with Jaron Lanier and one of the very first Silicon Valley start-up founders, establishing RAID controller company 3Ware in 1997. Altman’s latest role has been as a founder of […]

Hacked knitting machines

Once upon a time, there was a warm, fuzzy hack. It was 2010 – Becky Stern and Lada Ada (Limor Fried) built on Steve Conklin’s disk emulator and knitting machine resources to allow their modern computers to work with the ancient microcontroller of a 1980s knitting machine. This meant that they could now knit designs […]

Makey Makey and The Maker’s Mindset

A presentation by Jay Silver on the Makey Makey at  TEDxPioneerValley. Jay Silver, a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate in Media Arts and Sciences in the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group, demonstrates a new technology called Makey Makey that turns the whole world into a computer mouse. He says of its genesis: There I […]

OLITA Annual General Meeting 2012

OLITA AGM at the Ontario Library Association Superconference 2012

Please join us at the OLITA Annual General Meeting this Friday February 3, 5:15 pm, in room #204 of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to meet your new council, your fellow OLITA members and to get down to the serious business of the OLITA AGM:


1. Call to Order and welcome
2. Approval of the Agenda
3. Adoption/approval of Minutes from the last AGM
4. Treasurers Report
5. Annual Report (the year in review, key accomplishments, etc)
6. New Business (i.e. resolutions)
7. Introduction of the new council and year ahead
8. OLITA Award for Technological Innovation
9. Other business