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Libraries are adding 'maker spaces' to attract DIY crowd - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Libraries are adding 'maker spaces' to attract DIY crowd - Minneapolis Star Tribune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Jessie Van Berkel: With 3-D printers, software and DIY tools, libraries hope ‘maker spaces’ draw users. 


"People are visiting libraries less as e-books become more popular, Deputy Library Director Ben Trapskin said. So communities are rethinking how to use the buildings.

“We really want to breathe some new life into what we’re all about,” he said. “This is a good reason for people to come back into the space.”


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Future of libraries!

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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 of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

Via John Evans
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Great for library makerspaces as well!

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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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Interesting to hear the perspective from a librarian!

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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 de