Since I first started my Makerspace at Stewart Middle Magnet School in January 2014, I have received a lot of positive feedback. I’ve given talks, presented at conferences, and shared about our experiences through my blog and through social media.... Read More ›
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WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Library will introduce its new Innovation Station as it hosts its 119th annual Friends of the Library meeting.
The Innovation Station fits in with the library’s quest to be a “gateway to discovery.” The station is designed to allow patrons to interact with one another to gather information and inspiration.
It will be a place to learn new skills, from quilting to robotics and much more. Many libraries have implemented similar spaces, which provide materials and tools for projects and a good place for people to use the resources to explore, learn, improve, and think creatively, all while working together and teaching one another.
The Innovation Station was established with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in mind. The Shoff Foundation funded its construction.
ublicLibrary provides tools for the inventor Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Imagine having an idea for a new widget and being able to go to the local library and find all the tools needed to design, create a prototype, market and sell your invention.
For the other MLs, it was decided that each librarian would be given free range to build their makespace and gallery, on the principle they used and adapted Meron's design for their library space. Heath Nash extended the ...
These are some of the questions behind the Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums, a program funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the (U.S.) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Libraries are branching out a bit further than the printed word these days. While books are still their bread and butter, some public libraries have decided to be a bit more creative in what they offer. Here's a list of some of the most surprising things we found Canadian libraries are loaning. Check them out below!
(DOWNLOAD) This report brings to light significant trends that will influence the future of public, academic and corporate libraries and outlines the implications on their design, operation and user experience.
New online is an article from the always interesting New Scientist. The article written by Aviva Rutkin is titled, “Books out, 3D printers in for reinvented US libraries” and includes comments from a number of well-known librarians including:
Sue Considine, Fayetteville Free Library (New York)Corinne Hill, Chattanooga Public LibraryBrian Bannon, Chicago Public LibraryTod Delgrove, University of Nevada, RenoBarbara Stripling, Former President, ALA
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.”
How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public misunderstanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.
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Galvanized by a national reading campaign, communities across California are launching innovative partnerships that are resulting in new early literacy programs in schools, libraries and even laundromats.
“There’s a lot of books here, really good books,” said 9-year-old Melanie Garcia-Macias, who sat with her back to a big red bookshelf at the end of a long line of washing machines at the Clean Express Coin Laundry in Richmond one recent Wednesday. A copy of “The Night Before Christmas” was splayed open on her lap.
“You can take one home, but you have to bring one back or bring one from your home to replace it,” she said. “I think it’s a pretty good plan.”
The plan – giving students free access to engaging titles while their parents fluff and fold – is just one of the ingenious ways communities are opening doors to literacy through the nationalCampaign for Grade Level Reading, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
In other communities, the campaign has had a more direct impact.
In Fresno, for example, the head of the public housing authority was so swayed by what he heard about the importance of reading on grade level by third grade that he formed a partnership with First 5 Fresno to bring Americorps volunteers into the housing developments and work with parents and young children on pre-literacy activities like reading together and creating artwork.
Stockton librarian Suzy Daveluy said she knew children in her city were struggling with reading, based on the number of help requests she got from parents. But she didn’t realize how bad the literacy crisis had become until she met with national campaign leaders.
“What I can credit the campaign with is opening my eyes up to some of the realities that our children are facing,” Daveluy said.
Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Here are some excellent resources for anyone thinking about setting up a makerspace in their organization.
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