As part of an ongoing plan to transform an underutilized science and engineering library into a lively incubator for student-faculty collaboration and innovation, staff at the University of Nevada, Reno decided to launch a bold initiative: build a...
MakerBridge is an online community for everyone interested in makerspaces and maker culture, including those working in makerspaces within libraries, community centers, and schools. This community is intended to build a bridge that brings people together so they can collaborate and learn from each other’s experiences. This network can be a valuable resource for anyone trying to plan or run a makerspace in a library, a school, or any other dedicated makerspace location--or even individuals who just enjoy tinkering and creating.
Tools in a library makerspace range from electronics to digital media, 3D printing, and more. While the variety of products and space configuration is vast, the approach to implementation is not. Here are a few makerspace models that work.
The concept of libraries as makerspaces first hit my radar last November when I read about the Fayetteville Free Library’s FabLab. As I began hearing more buzz about libraries and makerspaces the first few months of this year, I decided that learning more about this concept and exploring how I might apply the elements of makerspaces to my library program would be a personal learning project for the summer.
So what is a makerspace? Makerspace defines it as:
'Modeled after hackerspaces, a makerspace is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. It could be embedded inside an existing organization or standalone on its own. It could be a simple room in a building or an outbuilding that’s closer to a shed. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety of uses and can be shaped by educational purposes as well as the students’ creative goals.'
The Library as Incubator Project describes makerspaces as:
'Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills… makerspaces are not necessarily born out of a specific set of materials or spaces, but rather a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation.'
There are several articles in there about creating teen makerspaces in your library. I actually just wrote a proposal at my library to create a Mobile Makerspace at my library. Why mobile? We are a smaller branch with limited ...
a "mobile" makerspace in public library; links to other resources
What does it mean to Evolve? Why do Libraries need to Evolve? Through this session Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project discusses the importance of redesigning library spaces to make them more interactive and collaborative.
Kansas City Star Check out the future at the Johnson County Public Library Kansas City Star MakerSpace debuted this spring in a repurposed room near the information desk at the Central Resource library, 9875 W.
These past few weeks we've been working on preparing for our big events - the Reverse Field Trips. For these trips, we bring events to three different schools in the New York City area and work with...
Different activities from the Hive NYC including reverse field trips and create your game field day