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Conference Workshops

Hiring, Training, and Evaluating Planetarium Presenters
Karrie Berglund, Paulette Epstein, and Mark Webb

In this LIPS-style workshop, we’ll explore three major aspects of building a team of live, interactive planetarium program presenters: Finding presenters (hiring), getting new presenters started (training), and fine-tuning presenters’ performances (evaluating).

Karrie will put on her human resources hat to discuss interview strategies, such as questions to provoke meaningful answers and legally prohibited types of questions. Mark will share tips and techniques from 23 years training theater staff at the Adler Planetarium. Paulette will discuss her experiences at Michigan Science Center evaluating live, interactive presenters.

We’ll work in small and large groups throughout the workshop. No supervisory experience is required. Come prepared to actively participate!

Adobe Illustrator Basics and its uses in the Dome
Jackie Baughman

In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator and how to use it to make things for your planetarium, such as custom star charts, and moon phase diagrams. Please have Adobe Illustrator installed beforehand. I will be using Illustrator version CS6, but any version of Adobe Illustrator will work.

Opening OpenSpace
Dan Tell

Have you been curious about using the OpenSpace open source software? Dive into the basics of installing the software, understanding its capabilities, and the intermediate steps of creating and modifying your own programs to explore the Universe. The goal of this workshop is to empower planetarians to be able to use OpenSpace to present their own customized programs for virtual presentations and to lay groundwork for installation and use in planetariums.

Participants may wish to download the most recent version of the software from:

Please also consider downloading the additional datasets from: and