I am in the midst of a profound “Maker awakening”. Yes, that’s what I think I will dub it. I have spent the last couple of months immersed in the research and development of incorporating the maker movement into the library I am currently working at. I have been reading, reading some more, and refining what I think it means to incorporate the concept of makers and maker spaces into our libraries.
At it’s most basic level, Make Zine defined making as “the act of creating something.”
You can find some more definitions in articles like What is the Maker Movement and Why Should You Care:. Which brings up a good point: what exactly does “DIY” mean these days? Traditionally, it’s been related to “how-to” content, including things like “how to change a tire,” but over the past couple of years, it’s been coined much more broadly to describe any activity that uses an element of creative skills to make or design something on your own. Using this definition, DIY can stand for everything from baking a cake, to decorating a bedroom, to creating handmade products like jewelry. Some also use DIY in a more technical context as it relates to making gadgets like robots, printers and other programmable devices hacked together using free software and tools found across the web. Finally, I know people who would even claim that they “made” products such as their custom Nike iD sneakers, even if that meant they personalized the colors and design online and had the production take place elsewhere.
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web...
Just as political citizenship expects principles of integrity of its citizenry, digital citizenship refers to expected modes of conduct in the digital world. Digital citizenship is an umbrella concept that includes the following: a) Preparing technology users for a society full of frequent technological innovations; b) Guiding technology users to become responsible and safe users of technology; c) Educating digital literates about making sound decisions regarding use of technology; d) Teaching digital natives how to be safe in an online world with respect to privacy issues and how to behave appropriately online; e) Teaching digital immigrants how to navigate technologies like social media tools to present themselves in a digital world; f) Informing technology users how to analyze and evaluate digital information; g) Recognizing teaching tools to help the wide range of technology users; h) Identifying teaching methodologies to reach the digital literacy needs of the community.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. The introduction of a “Maker Space” at the Beaufort, SC public library system marks a transition for libraries where content is no longer simply absorbed, but also created. Originally from the Charleston, SC area, Melanie J. Florencio is a digital …
3D printing are such that practically anything can be made, prompting libraries to introduce new rules.
As a librarian, I take issue with the closing statement "One thing is for sure, 3D printing has certainly changed the role of the librarian, now they are not only custodians of information, they are also upholding the law, and helping to teach new technology."
Librarians were teaching new technology and upholding the law (e.g., copyright) long before 3D printing came to libraries.
The Node classroom chair by Steelcase was designed to provide quick and seamless transitions from one mode to the next. Node keeps students and instructors connected to each other, information and ideas for inspired learning.
The county is buying three new library kiosks to stay open 24/7.The kiosks cost $300,000 apiece and the board unanimously approved the new spending on Tuesday. The machines are from Envisionware, Inc. and require an estimated $17,950 in annual maintenance each. All three devices also will need a combined total of 20 hours of personnel support from a county employee per week. In all, it will cost around $79,050 per year to keep the kiosks running smoothly, county documents show.
The title to this post is a quote from Corinne Hill, Director of Chattanooga Public Library that I just love. It's the public library version of Google's 'fail fast, fail often' mantra and it ironically reflects the reality of public library funding constraints, while also describing the creative, entrepreneurial energy her library embodies. Her inspirational approach to library innovation is something we can all learn from. We need to get away from fear of failure and move towards embracing new ideas, even if they don’t turn out to be quite the right ideas for us in the long run.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of adding information professionals to digital asset management teams. While the rest of us are focused on the how-much and how-to of making a new DAM fly, it’s an information professional’s job to ask, What are you trying to do? It’s a question that can lead to more successful DAM programs, but it’s a question that is best asked by someone who knows what to do with the answer. And those people are all too often not in the room.& Topic: Digital Asset Management.
This article is written by someone who clearly gets librarians and library science.
"libraries cannot hope to beat Amazon, but if they can provide a similarly convenient experience to patrons, and they can complement it with services that Amazon can’t offer, then they will continue to play an important role in the digital age."
Makerspark is intended as a co-working space, a laboratory and a 100 square meters event venue attracting the Swedish capital’s population of creative artists and digital artisans interested in 3D printing.
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