Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians)

Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Practical Guides for Librarians)

Language: English

Pages: 204

ISBN: 1442229675

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A “makerspace” is an area in a library where users can use tools and equipment to design, build, and create all sorts of different things. It may be a dedicated room or a multipurpose space in which a collection of raw materials and resources can be utilized as desired. Projects range from prototyping product designs with 3D printers, to programming robots, to creating art out of recycled items.

This practical guide will help librarians

  • develop, budget for, and implement makerspaces;
  • write grant proposals for funding;
  • and understand the mindset behind the maker movement in order to meet patron needs.


Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians also includes useful case studies, descriptions of equipment and new technologies, and models for planning and assessing projects.

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goals for the makerspace in with the mission of the library and the larger educational goals of your organization. Martinez and Stager (2013, 187–98) offer a chapter in their book that works through various means for making the case for a makerspace in a school, including rebutting questions or statements that individuals might raise against a proposal. Many of the approaches are adaptable to other library settings. The library makerspace survey included a question for respondents to express how

headphones or earbuds for people to use (or purchase) to listen to their creations in the larger library space. Special Space Requirements and Options Space for much of this form of making can be very flexible. Using a single tablet to capture sound and video and then edit that content and share it does not necessarily take much space at all. If you are going to work with props or animate objects, you will need a little room to spread things out while recording them. The same goes for working

printing by changing out the filament partway into the job but not to have colors alternate across each layer. You can make a statue that is red at the bottom and yellow on top. The plastic object can also be painted to allow for a more colorful result. The plastic comes in two varieties: first, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), which tends to make a sturdier object, as befits the material that is used for LEGO bricks; second, PLA (polylactide), which tends to be cheaper than ABS and is

during the open house about specific needs that patrons had, and it found patrons making suggestions to meet their own needs and those of others in attendance. The library has used the usual array of marketing efforts, but most people who come to the Collaboration Room come by word of mouth. Who Supports It? The Collaboration Room has been very easy for people to use. The library trained the reference desk staff to connect laptops and other devices and to access software for people. Also, it

volunteers (42 respondents, 39 percent), paid instructors from beyond the library (20 respondents, 18 percent), and other (18 respondents, 17 percent), which included options such as campus information technology, a center for teaching and learning, and student assistants. It is clear from these results that a blend of instructors should be planned for but also that library staff will likely need to participate. This will have an impact on the training and professional development that must be

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