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Manufacturing Makerspaces

Manufacturing Makerspaces
Kids gather to make Lego robots; teens create digital music, movies, and games with computers and mixers; and students engineer new projects while adults create prototypes for small business products with laser cutters and 3D printers. Many libraries across the US have developed makerspaces—places to create, build, and craft—and they are experiencing increased visits and demand as a result. For public libraries, they are places to promote community engagement. For academic libraries, they are places where students and faculty feel welcome to do classwork and research. Fundamentally, makerspaces are a technological leap past library knitting and quilting circles, where patrons and experts have often come together to learn new techniques and train others in a skill. The ALA 2012 Virtual Conference featured two well-attended makerspace sessions. Three Makerspace Models That Work By Travis Good Tools in a library makerspace range from electronics to digital media, 3D printing, and more. 1. Related:  Makerspace

eli7095 » Makerspaces Move into Academic Libraries ACRL TechConnect Blog During the past year, makerspaces have been gaining traction in libraries. A makerspace is a place where people come together to design and build projects. Makerspaces typically provide access to materials, tools, and technologies to allow for hands-on exploration and participatory learning. They are occasionally referred to as fablabs, hackerspaces or tech shops. Makerspaces emerged around 2005 as an offshoot of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement. The Fayetteville Free Library in New York was the first library to create a dedicated makerspace, which they call the FFL Fab Lab. Creative Commons licensed image via Creative Tools. The Value of Makerspaces Makerspaces fill a variety of needs within an educational setting. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are invaluable to our students. Makerspaces are also an ideal way to support changing modes of learning. Creative Commons licensed images via DSTL UNR. Academic libraries are places where people from all disciplines gather.

What is a Makerspace? Creativity in the Library Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on December 20, 2012 - 12:06pm Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of posts by Caitlin A. Bagley. I first heard of makerspaces when, as I sat in my office, a colleague called me over to see if I wanted to join a webinar on makerspaces. When most people think of libraries, they naturally think books. Makerspaces have evolved from hackerspaces and Maker Faires. So who uses makerspaces? Odds are high that you’re a maker yourself. The use of library services has blossomed during this economic downshift, and I think that makerspaces are a reflection of the times. In the next several months, I will be collecting stories about our library makerspaces for a book to to be published by ALA and LITA.

Getting started Making Things in Academic Libraries The past few months have seen lots of discussion about makerspaces in libraries. What’s a makerspace? Buffy Hamilton’s great post over at the Unquiet Librarian has a couple of good definitions, but essentially it’s a place for folks to make things, perhaps writing and illustrating a zine, using the open source Arduino computing platform to program a robot, screenprinting, or creating model houses with a 3D printer. Makerspaces seem like a great fit for public libraries, which often run programs designed to teach new skills and to create something, like an arts and crafts hour for kids. What could a makerspace look like in an academic library? For those colleges or universities that can’t create a physical makerspace, what are some other ways we can encourage the maker ethos in our libraries? Perhaps applying the makerspace concept to library instruction and information literacy really means expanding our own understanding of what we do when we work with students.

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources "There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015." What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015. Articles & Blog Posts on Makerspaces 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10. ) It all started with a training offered by the Washington State Library… Part of the “Between the Lines” series of the Washington State Library Blog, this post describes one library manager’s first encounter with STEM-based makerspace programming. 12.) Maker Faire Touted as the “greatest show and tell on earth,” Maker Faire has emerged as the official international celebration of not only creativity, resourcefulness, and innovation but also a mass gathering of the maker movement at large. Makerspaces Directories 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) Revitalizing Community Spaces

Between the Lines» Blog Archive » The Library as a Makerspace Libraries are no longer simply a holding area for books, they are community hubs. People gather at the library to share ideas and enrich their lives. Computers and internet are now standard in libraries and are often in demand. Unemployed individuals can come to the library and apply for jobs. Kids can do their homework (or play games) at the library. What is a makerspace? Sound familiar? Makerspaces in libraries are also connected to STEM which is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Is your library already a makerspace? Here are more resources on makerspaces:Westport Library Maker-SpaceMaker-Spaces-in-LibrariesNews story from the Capital GazetteIMLS Photo courtesy of Helen K via photopin cc Tags: For Libraries, makerspace, STEAM, STEM

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