PLIX@MIT Workshop 2020

Join us for our second PLIX Workshop, and the first one at MIT!
March 30–April 1, 2020 in Cambridge, MA.

Update from the PLIX team (March 9, 2020): We have decided to cancel the upcoming PLIX@MIT Workshop due to the evolving situation of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). We were very much looking forward to welcoming you to the Media Lab, and cancelling this workshop was not an easy decision. However, the health of our participants and our local community is our biggest concern. We also wanted to respect MIT’s recommendation to restrict on-campus, in-person events. We plan to reschedule the in-person workshop for a future date and hope that many of you will be able to join us then. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out.

  • Learn more about creative learning and hone your facilitation skills in our PLIX Facilitator Training session 🧰🌀💁‍♀️

  • Dive into our PLIX activities—we’ll cover everything you need to know to offer these programs in your library ✂️🌱🚀

  • Get to know one another—the PLIX team, the Akron team, and the ~50 other public librarians in attendance 👋🥳🤝

  • Practice your facilitation skills at a Public Maker Night we'll be hosting Wednesday evening! 🌃✨📚


The Public Library Innovation Exchange (PLIX) team is hosting the second PLIX Workshop on March 30–April 1, 2020 in Cambridge, MA at the MIT Media Lab.

The Public Library Innovation Exchange (aka PLIX) began collaborating with public libraries in 2017. Since then, we’ve grown into a community of librarians and MIT Media Lab researchers who strive to integrate the ideas of creative learning into their library programs and facilitation practice. This PLIX@MIT Workshop represents the second gathering of the PLIX community, and our first one at the Media Lab, bringing together around 50 librarians and community members from across the country.

As more librarians are asked to lead educational programs with emerging technologies, we think it’s important not just to get technology into the hands of patrons, but to cultivate an environment for patrons to experiment and create with technology.


Day 1: March 30th

Kick-Off (3:00pm–6:00pm)

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Meet the PLIX team and learn more about our work (current & future)
  • Tour of the MIT Media Lab
  • Interactive demos with Media Lab graduate students & researchers

Group Dinner (6:30pm)

  • Location TBD

Day 2: March 31st

Full day workshop (9:00am–5:30pm)

  • Intro to PLIX & Creative Learning
  • PLIX Facilitation Training session
  • Hands-on PLIX Activity breakout sessions Round 1
  • Coffee and discussion with Chris Bourg, Director of MIT Libraries

Group Dinner (6:30pm)

  • Location TBD

Day 3: April 1st

Full day workshop (9:00am–5:00pm)

  • Hands-on PLIX Activity breakout sessions Round 2
  • Set-up and preparations for evening Public Maker Night

Group Dinner (5:00pm)

Public Maker Night (5:30pm–7:30pm)

  • Hosted by the PLIX team & you!
  • Science fair style event for the Cambridge community using the PLIX activities we’ve been learning about during this workshop

Optional Evening Meetup🍻


We’ll be gathering at the MIT Media Lab located at 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.

The MIT Media Lab.


We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at the Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill. The hotel is only one stop away from MIT on the Red Line or a 25 minute walk [map].

Workshop activities will begin on Monday afternoon at 3:00pm and will conclude late evening on Wednesday. Because of this, we suggest arriving on Monday March 30th and checking out on Thursday April 2nd.

You can book a room in our block by using the group link below. The last day to book your room at the discounted rate is Sunday March 8, 2020.

Getting to Cambridge

Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) is located very close to the city, with bus, train, and rideshare connections to the surrounding areas [map]. MIT is located on the Red Line of Boston’s metro system (at the Kendall/MIT stop), with easy connections to surrounding areas including Boston and Somerville.

Alternatively, regional trains and buses arriving to South Station are right on the MBTA Red Line and only a couple stops away from Kendall Square [map].

Join Us!

We welcome participation from PLIX community members, friends of PLIX, or any librarians or library staff who are excited about creative learning and STEAM education in libraries. Our only expectation is that attendees participate fully in all parts of this multi-day workshop.

Space is limited, and registration closes on March 6th. We can’t wait to meet you!


How much does it cost to attend?

The PLIX@MIT Workshop is free to attend, and all meals during the workshop will be provided by PLIX. We kindly ask that attendees participate fully in the 2-day workshop.

Can PLIX help cover my travel and lodging costs to come to Akron?

We have a limited number of travel scholarships available. We are also more than happy to work with you to advocate for funding from within your organization. Please email us at for more information!

I've never worked with any PLIX activities or materials before. Can I still attend?

We’re open to participation from librarians or library staff who are interested in creative learning, STEAM education, and building their personal facilitation practice. If this sounds like you, then we’d love to have you join us!

I've attended a PLIX Workshop in the past. Is this event still for me?

Yes! We'd love to have you join us again. Every workshop is different, and as you know, we believe facilitation is a practice :) If you have questions or concerns, email us at

I can't make it to this workshop. Will there be more events like this in the future?

Yes, definitely! If you’d like to keep in touch and hear about our upcoming events, please sign-up for the PLIX newsletter or follow us on Instagram and Twitter @heyplix.

This gathering is supported by:

Knight Foundation logo

We'd love to have you join us!