Maker Faire Bay Area 2013

Librarians Making Makerspaces

DayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationsVideo Coverage
Saturday1:30 PM2:00 PM

College of San Mateo librarian Katherine Becvar in conversation with Travis Good of MAKE on the process, challenges, and cultural opportunity of creating makerspaces in libraries.


Travis Good — Contributing Editor


Travis Good is currently focusing on the transformative potential of the maker movement in libraries, science museums, schools, and civic government. In his quest to understand trends, he has visited 28 incubators, 95 makerspaces, and four fab labs while also chairing a start-up incubator and co-founding a makerspace in Virginia. Recently, to learn the new ways of making he spent six weeks working hands-on at TechShop. To share his learnings and catalyze change he collaborates with Maker Media, is a Contributing Editor for MAKE Magazine, writes for the ALA, MAKEzine and others, and Travis regularly presents at conferences. His broader agenda is available at In a prior life, Travis served as VP of Technology and Operations for AOL Latin America, where he led the development of Latin America-specific content and technology capabilities while launching and scaling operations in four countries. Before that, he held a variety of management positions at AOL including VP of International, Director of Product Marketing, and General Manager of GNN. Prior to this he server in sales and management at GE Information Services, including being founding General Manager of operations in Mexico. Lastly, he specialized in international finance at Citibank. Travis earned an International MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a BS in Industrial Engineering and a BS in Finance from Oregon State University.

Katherine Becvar — Reference Librarian

College of San Mateo

Katherine Becvar wears many (fashionable) hats -- as a reference and instruction librarian at College of San Mateo, she helps community college students learn about information: how to find it, evaluate it, and use it properly. As the owner of Blue Moon Designs, she creates fashionable, functional pocket belts, utility bustles, and illuminated accessories from cast-off and recycled materials. She is also part the crew of Obtainium Works, an art car factory in Vallejo, CA, and home to the Neverwas Haul three-story Victorian house on wheels.