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Libraries as Makerspaces. Russell Palmer Supervisor, Professional Development LYRASIS. What is a makerspace ?. A place where people learn to use tools and materials and develop creative projects It can be embedded inside an existing organization or stand alone - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Libraries as Makerspaces

Libraries as MakerspacesRussell PalmerSupervisor, Professional DevelopmentLYRASIS

What is a makerspace?A place where people learn to use tools and materials and develop creative projectsIt can be embedded inside an existing organization or stand alone It is adaptableit can be shaped byEducational goalsThe Creative interests of individuals/groups

Defined by sharing/collaborationSharing of materials and skillsTeaching/learning new skillsMindset isnt we got a 3D printer, lets build a makerspace around it Makerspaces are not born out of space/materialsBorn out of the mindset of community collaboration, partnership, and creativity

Incubator for ideasA makerspace is an incubator for ideasIt is a place where content can be created It is a place where content will be consumed

What we can achieveFoster play and explorationNurture peer to peer learningSupport learning opportunities in the communityWork with community members to become true partnersDevelop a culture of creativity within the library

What works so far?Article: Good, T, others. (2013). Manufacturing Makerspaces. American Libraries Online.

Generally speakingProducts, space, configuration in makerspaces vary wildly

However, the approaches to implementation do not

3 examples

Common misconception: It isnt always about technologyThe maker idea can be low tech: Quilting/SewingTextile designCreating film, video, music Arts and crafts

Makerspace models that work1. Allen Co. (Indiana) Public Library CollaborateWorked with a non-profit called TekVenutre, who needed space The library promotes the TekVenture Maker Station while TekVenture delivers the makerspace programsThe collaborative goalsTekVenture needed a practical solution to their space issue, a physical presence where the community could visit to learn about them The library needed a partner to help work through ideasexpose the library/staff to makingCollaborative partner to help with implementation of a makerspace The spaceTekVenture provided a 50-by-10-foot trailer; wired it for phone, power, and internet; filled it with tools; and then parked it in a lot across the street from the library. ACPLs costs are less than $200 a month for utilities and other servicesWhat happens there?Classes by technology and other expertsbasic robot assembly circuit bending holography welding and much more50 classes a monthWeekly maker meetups*library staff receive hands-on exposure to makingReceive training from TekVenture staffWhat happens at a maker meetup?It dependsStructure evolves based on available expertise, equipment, and interests programmers, electronics hackers, robotics enthusiasts, costumers, artists, model makers, gamers and other like-minded types can come together and work on projectsThe impact on library and communityMaker Station is home to weekly maker meetups and the place where library staff receive hands-on exposure to making

2. Cleveland Public Library (OH): centralize, develop, deployGoal: make libraries the center of learning, where technology is provided that levels the playing field for the disadvantagedThe Space: TechCentralState of the art computer labTech toy boxKindles, ipads, and other technology 3D PrinterIn the library (key to this program) Utilized former A/V room space, integrated A/V into general collection

StaffingFunded through existing budget lines14 member internal staff team are regular staff members chosen for technology prowess Staff offer technology training classes and one-on-one training sessions on tech topicsNo new hires, staff redeployed from other departmentsAddressing staffing concernsVolunteers (remember, this is about the community!) Students in the community (ischoolbut think of the possibilities with Georgia State/Tech/and beyond!) Georgia Tech has a space alreadyits primarily student funded/maintained! Ifs and butsSome makerspaces may emphasize staffing and expertise as costly as space and equipmentOr model it so that staffing the space requires a minimum of direct staff involvement Getting staff buy inGet staff at every level involved in every layer of planningGreatest fear- will I become outmoded by technology?No! opportunity to learn new things

By creating access to the experience and establishing it as a natural extension of our work, we were able to move ahead as a team, enthusiastically committed to this development of Making in the library.Lauren Britton & Sue Considine, Fayetteville (NY) Free Library 3. DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library at the University of Nevada in Reno Opportunistic/entrepreneurialSaw changing spaces as the only way to move with low budgetAssessed space in libraryDetermined print periodicals were low use, stored off site and recovered 18,000 ft of collaborative spaceFurnished space from surplus

The space Electronics toolkits Idea paint instead of whiteboards (-$500 each)Two 3D printers (one color, one monochrome)reinvested money from periodicals budget Increased engagement: Prior to the change, hourly head counts in the library peaked at 24. Now they average more than 200 and are expected to reach the rated capacity of 400 by spring finals week

Hands on timeBased on what you know so far, what are some ideas/subject areas you might consider when creating makerspaces? Consider your community of users (who are they? What do they need to know?) Consider broad ideas: education, collaboration, learning, partnershipsTake 5 minutes and come up with a list of three ideas for what should we do/what should be in our makerspace And for each of those, come up with one learning outcomeExampleMy community-Many older adults with limited technology experienceNeed: To learn more about using mobile devices Subject area for my makerspace:Mobile technologyWhat is in my space?: Create a Technology Tool Box per the example of Cleveland Public Library with mobile devices donated from the community or a retail partner (Best Buy?) Result: Older adults learn more about/get hands on experience with mobile devicesKeeping their attentionAdults: I think that [librarians should be] actively pursuing ways to help people who are from nontraditional audiences in your hackerspaces, find the thing that they need to do and show them how to do itKeeping their attentionKids: Throwing smart, enthusiastic kidswho have received a little bit of mentorshipat a mountain of e-waste is the best way to get going, I think. Particularly if you can partner up with places that need computers. If you can get started turning e-waste into functional computers, your problem isnt going to be making computers run; it is going to be getting rid of them fast enough.Cory Doctorow Keeping teens engagedHave a diversity of equipment and ideas (remember, not JUST about technology) Dont forget women and girls example: Make Magazine in Mens Interest section of periodicals at bookstore

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Magazine dedicated its August 2013 issue to makerspaces and teens

ExampleThe first part of my Mobile Makerspace involves storage carts on wheels, a ton of Legos, a ton of Duct Tape, cutting boards and, scariest of all, safety cutting blades (regular scissors don't work well for Duct Tape). My goal is to be able to easily move the items in and out of the meeting room to have my makerspace programs. The initial cost wasn't bad, around $1,000. And it has broad appeal for school age, tween and teens. It allows them to get their creativity and problem solving on in a safe, social environment. Eventually I would love to add some higher tech elements, but this is the right starting point for my library.

Karen Jensen, On the Teen Librarian Tool Box blog

Teens-engagementWith peers and mentorsBuilding trust relationshipsBuilding PRODUCTIVE relationships that help them learnLibrary staff and makerspace staff should listen to input from teen usersIf teens see an exciting space and develop with mentors who can introduce new interests and build in new/additional ones with teen input, they'll stayBuffy Hamilton, formerly of Cleveland Public Library

FundingIMLS GrantsLearning Labs in Libraries and Museums Cycle isnt active right now, but good resources

FundingDonations$TimeEquipmentSpaceCollaboration/Human resourcesEducational InstitutionsNon-profit groups? Where could AFPL look?Resources-GeneralMake Magazine Online Playbook Surveying the Scene in Illinois (ILA) Makerspaces

Finding makerspaces, Maker Faires, meet ups, etc.

Makerspace Directory

Key Makerspaces in LibrariesFabLab-Fayetteville (NY) Free Public Library Public Library Tech Invention Studio

More key librariesAnyThink Libraries (CO) Library of Pittsburgh Public Library Pop Ups

Teen/Kids specific makerspacesMadison Public Library Creek Library (K12) Anime Club at Detroit Public Library

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