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Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 highlights interactive libraries

Vancouver Mini Maker Faire 2014 highlights interactive libraries | maker space | Scoop.it

Libraries are often thought of as dusty old places where you can smell the books in the air, but the Makerbrarians table at this weekend’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire might change this perception.From DIY book-scanners to drones and mini-computers, makers are shaking up people’s ideas of what a library can be.

The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire brings together makers from across the city to share what their creations with the public. The festival breeds innovation and creativity, and has a very community-based ethos.

Scott Leslie, one of the co-sponsors of the B.C. Libraries Cooperative table, was excited for his team to get involved, because he believes that the principles behind both libraries and Maker Faires are similar.

“Libraries are fundamentally about access and education and empowering people to educate themselves, and that’s very much the energy behind a lot of the maker movement,” Leslie told theGeorgia Straight by phone. “You know, informal education, so people teaching themselves, teaching each other. It seems like a really good fit.”


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Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot | LJ INFOdocket

Illinois: Chicago Public Library Cardholders Can Now Borrow a Robot | LJ INFOdocket | maker space | Scoop.it

The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out.

The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were donated by Google Chicago and made the library the first in the nation to have them available for people to take home.

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The robots were invented by a lab at Carnegie Mellon University. They are set up for use with more than a dozen of the most commonly used computer languages. Users hook the robots up to their home computer or laptops and download instructional tutorials from the company’s website.


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nickcarman's curator insight, May 13, 2014 10:57 PM

Lending these little robots would fit neatly into the kind of experimentation and teaching already  done with 3D printers in public libraries.

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A movement in the making

A movement in the making | maker space | Scoop.it
What makes “making”—the next generation of inventing and do-it-yourself—worth paying attention to?
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Atlantic City teens will get place to exercise creativity

Atlantic City teens will get place to exercise creativity | maker space | Scoop.it
Atlantic City's library has plenty of "how-to" books. Soon it will also have equipment to help patrons create things themselves.
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Leading them to their maker space

Leading them to their maker space | maker space | Scoop.it
MUSCATINE, Iowa — Can a library be the next big manufacturing hub? Some people at the Cedar Rapids Science Center think so, and they brought their vision of a "maker
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"For example, some maker spaces could have materials that could help people interested in making textiles or jewelry. Also, it allows innovators and builders from different backgrounds, such as engineering and art, the chance to collaborate with each other."

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ChiPubLib Maker Lab

ChiPubLib Maker Lab | maker space | Scoop.it
Experimenting with new ideas
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This blog from the Chicago Public Library Maker Space is a great source of ideas 

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Toronto's reference library gets a makerspace

Toronto's reference library gets a makerspace | maker space | Scoop.it
Toronto's Metro Reference Library has unveiled its new makerspace, which sports 3D printer and scanners, Arduino and Raspberry Pi kits, and digital AV production gear.
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Rubbish, Tech, Makerspace, Hackerspace: Maker culture has arrived in Danish libraries.

Rubbish, Tech, Makerspace, Hackerspace: Maker culture has arrived in Danish libraries. | maker space | Scoop.it
Euro pallets packed to the rim with used go-cart tires, defunct computer components, washing machine drums and ancient electric domestic ...

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nickcarman's curator insight, January 21, 2014 5:19 PM

This is a makerspace which is not so much about 3D printers, but re-use of materials which would otherwise be thrown away. Thanks @ellenforsyth for this article.

Tammy Morley's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:31 PM

Start them young and they will be lifelong learners!

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Illuminating Learning Communities Through School Libraries and Mak...

Creating, Constructing, Collaborating, ContributingBuffy J. HamiltonTexas Library Association Conference 2013#txla13CC image via http://www.flickr.com/photos/ja (@hannahlittle Thank you !

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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 8, 2014 11:05 AM

Ppt on libraries, learning and makerspaces Buffy Hamilton: creating, constructing, collaborating, contributing

Tricia Adams's curator insight, January 9, 2014 6:02 AM

fascinating ideas here...

Karen Norris's curator insight, January 9, 2014 10:52 AM

excellent

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Results From “Makerspaces in Libraries” Study Released | LJ INFOdocket

Results From “Makerspaces in Libraries” Study Released | LJ INFOdocket | maker space | Scoop.it
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Microsoft Opens A Maker Space On Its Campus

Microsoft Opens A Maker Space On Its Campus | maker space | Scoop.it
If you have a 3D printer, you can create a maker space. Private entities and public institutions are opening them all over the country to …
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‘Maker space’ at Burton Barr Library provides hands-on learning opportunities

‘Maker space’ at Burton Barr Library provides hands-on learning opportunities | maker space | Scoop.it
Children and parents tinker with snap circuits and other circuit boards for fun or to complete projects as part of Hacker Haven Tuesday nights at Burton Barr Central Library. Read story
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Makerspace lets kids play with power tools to encourage creativity and confidence (Wired UK)

Makerspace lets kids play with power tools to encourage creativity and confidence (Wired UK) | maker space | Scoop.it
MakerKids in Toronto is teaching children how to invent and create in safe, autonomous environment
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Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community. « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog

Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community. « IFLA Public Libraries Section Blog | maker space | Scoop.it


The quote Innovation should look like Silicon Valley…if you serve Silicon Valley. Otherwise, it should look like your community is from R David Lankes a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. If you don’t already subscribe his blog, Virtual Dave, covers many thought-provoking  topics. His latest post and clip Innovation in the Country  is a timely reminder to consider the needs and aspirations of your community as we grapple with what constitutes ‘maker spaces’.

  


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Making the Case for a Public Library Makerspace

Making the Case for a Public Library Makerspace | maker space | Scoop.it
A makerspace is a tool that can advance the fulfillment of the public library's mission, especially when paired with an effective program of instruction.
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WebWise to Feature Makerspaces in Libraries and Museums | UpNext: The IMLS Blog

WebWise to Feature Makerspaces in Libraries and Museums | UpNext: The IMLS Blog | maker space | Scoop.it
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Old Bridge Public Library Awarded Contract to Build Idea Farm Makerspace

Old Bridge Public Library Awarded Contract to Build Idea Farm Makerspace | maker space | Scoop.it
[Old Bridge, NJ] The
Old Bridge Public Library has been awarded a $10,000 contract from the New
Jersey State Library. This award will fund the Old Bri
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Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace - The Digital Shift

Kansas Boy Gets New Hand, Created at a Library Makerspace - The Digital Shift | maker space | Scoop.it
Nine-year-old Matthew is the owner of a brightly-colored prosthetic Robohand that was created in the MakerSpace of the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, KS.
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Wow - This really takes the supporting the communtiy through your makerspace to a new level!!

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MakerKids | Non-profit workshop space (makerspace) for kids in Roncesvalles village, Toronto. 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, sewing, crafting, hacking, tinkering and making of all kinds!

MakerKids | Non-profit workshop space (makerspace) for kids in Roncesvalles village, Toronto. 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, sewing, crafting, hacking, tinkering and making of all kinds! | maker space | Scoop.it
Non-profit workshop space (makerspace) for kids in Roncesvalles village, Toronto. 3D printing, electronics, woodworking, sewing, crafting, hacking, tinkering and making of all kinds!
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While New Canaan is creating one MakerSpace for all - Very Large libraries like Toronto have different Makerspaces for different member groups.  Lots to learn from this MakerKids page

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Tennessee Joins National 'Geek the Library' Campaign to Support Library Funding

Tennessee Joins National 'Geek the Library' Campaign to Support Library Funding | maker space | Scoop.it

"It's Time to Get Your 'Geek' On..."


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"Residents of Tennessee may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary - 'geek.'

Public libraries across the state – more than 170 so far – are participating in Geek the Library, a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of properly funding libraries..."

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Stuff Your Stockings with Care (and Maker Shed gifts)!

Stuff Your Stockings with Care (and Maker Shed gifts)! | maker space | Scoop.it
There may be plenty of presents for Makers under the twinkling lights (Arduino controlled, of course) of your tree, but don't forget about the stockings hanging from the mantle! Swing by the Maker...
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What Will Be 3D Printed On Space Station? | Video

What Will Be 3D Printed On Space Station? | Video | maker space | Scoop.it
NASA Marshall Flight Center's 3-D print project manager Niki Werkheiser gives a few examples of the spare parts that a 3D printer on the ISS can provide.
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TechShop Plans a New Veteran-Friendly Maker Space in DC Area

TechShop Plans a New Veteran-Friendly Maker Space in DC Area | maker space | Scoop.it
Yet another innovation and creation space is planned to open in the D.C. area early next year. TechShop, a Silicon...
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South Florida maker movement grows with events, spaces, fair - Business - MiamiHerald.com

South Florida maker movement grows with events, spaces, fair - Business - MiamiHerald.com | maker space | Scoop.it
Inventors, tinkerers, techies and other creatives of all ages find places to build at maker spaces, regular meet-ups, camps and even an upcoming fair, as the maker movement gains steam throughout the tri-county area.
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