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The Lively Librarians, Episode 1: Makerspaces!

The Lively Librarians, Episode 1: Makerspaces! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Buzzword of the month: makerspaces! We’re seeing TONS of articles, blog posts, and tweets on makerspaces, and for many of you, this is a new concept. Want to learn more about this exciting addition to your school? Check out the first vlog by “The Lively Librarians,” Emily Gover and Michele Kirschenbaum!

In this video, you’ll learn:

Why libraries are the ideal environment for makerspacesResources you will needCommon misconceptions about makerspacesClassroom managementFunding options
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Technology Trends in Libraries & the Emerging Generation, by David Lee King

"Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to our younger customers and their parents. This presentation introduces emerging technology trends and needs of children and teens, and how those trends can help re-shape library services. Examples of how to incorporate these trends into libraries are provided."


Via Guus van den Brekel
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Great ideas for libraries to incorporate the youth in their services!

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Saratoga: Libraries are now so much more than simply a repository of books

By Gayathri Kanth:

Libraries today excel at offering resources and services that facilitate and support the learning process and expand knowledge horizons. Originally a repository of books, the modern library has expanded to include audiovisual materials, exhibit art, present lectures and discussions and offer hands-on activities to enhance the learning process.

This summer, the Saratoga Library has expanded its services by partnering with the Make Magazine to offer a Maker Camp, on Google+, the free virtual summer camp for teens. Teens (and adults) would be able to build some cool projects at home, share what you made on Google+, hang out with some awesome makers and watch the great field trips on Fridays.

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Libraries with makerspaces, as well as maker camps!

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Creation, consumption, and the library, by Lane Wilkinson

Creation, consumption, and the library, by Lane Wilkinson | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Last week I had an interesting Twitter conversation regarding a popular rhetorical strategy surrounding maker-spaces, New Librarianship, participatory culture, and the other assorted "big ideas" for the future of libraries."

 

"The common thread and the favored tactic in the literature surrounding libraries and maker-spaces is to draw a sharp distinction between the consumption of knowledge and the creation of knowledge. By ‘knowledge consumption’ most writers seem to mean reading; by ‘knowledge creation’ most seem to mean hacking, tinkering, building, making, or collaborating. And the way the conversation is being shaped by this rhetoric, it’s clear that knowledge consumption is old and in the way and what we really need is to forge ahead into a bright future of knowledge creation. Yes, some librarians make the case that we need both creation and consumption (e.g., “…in addition to knowledge consumption”), but the rhetorical device is still in play: knowledge can be either consumed or created, and the library of the future is weighted towards creation."

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Consumption vs creation of knowledge in libraries > the future!

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Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun - The Digital Shift

Hot Topic at Midwinter: Library Maker Spaces, Ideas for Cheap, Hands-On Fun - The Digital Shift | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Put to a vote among unconference participants, “Creative Spaces” won out as the topic of choice (beating by a wide margin digital relevancy, advocacy, and budgeting).

Attendees shared ideas, with an emphasis on low-cost, practical ways to implement “Maker” activities in the library.  Much of the conversation urged partnering with other organizations, including:

Reddit subcommunities. Local groups have formed around social news site Reddit. Consider hosting an event at your library. Or how about Ikea Hackers? Your local college or university. Don’t have native expertise among your library staff? Consider reaching out to a technical college or student organization to help lead programming.Area crafters. The Greenpoint branch of the Brooklyn Public Library enlisted the local Etsy community to help launch projects, from making zines to bicycle tire art.Hacker spaces. From robotics and electronics to wood and metal working, these groups are springing up worldwide.
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Maker spaces > some ideas on how to!

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Phil Bradley's weblog: 3D printing - is it for libraries?

Phil Bradley's weblog: 3D printing - is it for libraries? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

3D printing is something that I've been noticing for a while kicking around the edge of the profession, and a discussion on Twitter yesterday based on a blog posting 'Mission Creep - a 3D printer will not save your library' by Hugh Rundle ...

 

Link: http://hughrundle.net/2013/01/02/mission-creep-a-3d-printer-will-not-save-your-library/

 

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 Video link to what 3D print is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XEKns8T7yUA

 

Phil Bradley's insight: 

We need to continually demonstrate that we - both the information professionals AND the libraries themselves, are an integral part of the community and benefit everyone in it - not just the current members, but everybody.

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3D printing does have a place in the library of the future! I agree!

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Reconceptualising the School Library as Collaborative Makerspace | Services to Schools

Reconceptualising the School Library as Collaborative Makerspace | Services to Schools | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Peter M
"According to leading educational thinker, Sir Ken Robinson, in order to meet the challenges of living and working in the 21st century, we need to deliberately and systematically create spaces and processes in our schools that foster creativity and innovation. We shouldn’t be anaesthetising our children, he argues, we should be waking them up."

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"Since 2009, a growing wave of library ‘makerspaces’ have emerged in public libraries, museums and community facilities in the United States to foster collaboration and creativity. Focussing particularly on engaging and inspiring teens and pre-teens, it is only very recently however that the ‘makerspace’ model has been considered as a good fit for school libraries.
A ‘makerspace’ is a collaborative learning environment where young people can come together to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. They are dynamic workshop spaces for creative multimedia learning and doing. Not so much defined by the space or the specific activities but by a mindset of collaboration and creativity."

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"It is essential that school leaders apply the same spirit of innovation and future focus to the re-imagination of their school library environments as they do to other aspects of both their built and virtual school environment. Library as creative collaborative makerspace is an exciting, transformative idea that warrants exploration."

 

Read more: http://www.schools.natlib.govt.nz/blogs/libraries-and-learning/12-09/reconceptualising-school-library-collaborative-makerspace

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Westport Public Library unveils "Maker Space" - The Hour

Westport Public Library unveils "Maker Space"- The Hour

 

"The "Maker Space," located in the Great Hall of the Westport Public Library, provides a place for people to tinker with their ideas by taking them on a journey from imagination to actual production. Unveiled on July 2, the space is the first of its kind to be opened inside a library in Connecticut under the notion that libraries should adapt to meet the modern needs of the people they serve."

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"Equipped with a 3D printer, which creates three-dimensional objects from digital files, the interactive workspace crafted to resemble a house, is chock full of technology to help bring your invention to life. In essence, the Maker Space acts as a home for the "garage inventor" and tinkerer who uses technology to create something new."

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Growing Learning Communities Through School Libraries and Makerspaces-Creating, Constructing, Collaborating, Contributing (SlideShare) - by The Unquiet Librarian

Growing Learning Communities Through School Libraries and Makerspaces-Creating, Constructing, Collaborating, Contributing (SlideShare) - by The Unquiet Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The slides below are from yesterday's presentation about the possibilities for makerspaces and school libraries. Please note all links referenced in the session are live and accessible via the SlideShare post below.
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Great SlideShare about Makerspaces in libraries!

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3D Printing in Libraries: Justin the Librarian's experience

3D Printing in Libraries: Justin the Librarian's experience | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

AT FIRST you will have a mix of emotions.  The machine is scary because you’ve never seen anything like it before.  There it is, sitting there, printing something really neato out of a spool of plastic.  You’ll want to jump right in and print something out for yourself.  You want to use the machine.  You need to use the machine.

YOUR FIRST FEW ATTEMPTS will most likely fail.  This is a great thing because you will learn a lot.  I highly suggest that you browse around on Thingiverse for a bit, find something that you would like to print and use that to get familiar with 3D printing.

(...used Makerbot 3D printers so far.  I have seen other 3D printers but I have not spent much time with them.)

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Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs

Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Chicago opened a maker lab in one of its public libraries today. Most maker spaces carry a membership fee of $50-200 a month or are located in an institution like a university, where you are required to be a student or staff member to access equipment. A free lab that is open to the public is a novel concept that will hopefully be a lot more common in the future.

The lab at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center will stock three MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers, two laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter, plus a selection of software. A $249,999 grant will sustain its operation through the end of 2013, at which point it will be re-evaluated. The city will also consider adding maker spaces to other library locations.

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5 Innovations That Show Libraries Don’t Have To Die

5 Innovations That Show Libraries Don’t Have To Die | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Stan Alcorn:
1: THE BOOKLESS LIBRARY
2: LIBRARIES AS SCHOOLS

3: LIBRARIES AS MAKER SPACES

4: POP-UP LIBRARIES

5: THE OCCUPY WALL STREET LIBRARY

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Libraries are innovative! Not new concepts, but worth citing as reasons why libraries are still relevant!

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3D printers turn library into place of dreams

3D printers turn library into place of dreams | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By LAURESHA XHIHANI:

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — The hottest attraction at the Westport Library is not a book or collection of DVDs, but rather two manufacturing units.

At the heart of the spacious library, an area called MakerSpace has been carved out to encourage creativity and the spirit of invention. Inside the space are two MakerBot Replicator machines — 3D printers, as they are more commonly known.

The stuff they can do is amazing.



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/3D-printers-turn-library-into-place-of-dreams-4265293.php#ixzz2KZd7GCqz

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Libraries of the future!

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Maker Librarian | Making the Future, One Library at a Time

Maker Librarian | Making the Future, One Library at a Time | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @homeysimpson: new resource for librarians who want to learn about makers, hackerspaces, the participatory library and more: http://t.co/eQshWzOM
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Great resource for maker librarians!
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Director sees library's role as creation hub / LJWorld.com

Director sees library's role as creation hub / LJWorld.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Current plans for the library expansion include what Allen is calling “creation zones” that will be set up in the basement of the library. There will be sound equipment, there will be video equipment, there will be computer tools to help people create everything from logos to funky photos.“But I want people to understand we’re not just talking about art here,” Allen said. “We might have the tools for you to create a commercial for your business or design a website. We think this is a way we can help the town grow and create vibrant local businesses.”


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