makerspaces: transliteracy in public libraries
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- 1. MAKERSPACES: TRANSLITERACY IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES BY ASHLEY DEAN
2. WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE? Hackerspaces Fab Labs Creative Spaces Makelabs Makerhoods 3. WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE? A place where people come together to create and collaborate, to share resources, knowledge, and stuff. ~ Lauren Britton Transliteracy Development Director Fayetteville Free Library 4. MAKERSPACE AND THE LIBRARY MISSION Public Library Association Mission Statement The Public Library Association enhances the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services. This mission positions PLA to: Focus its efforts on serving the needs of its members Address issues which affect public libraries Commit to quality public library services that benefit the general public 5. TOOLS OF THE TRADE 3-DPRINTERS3-D printers allow users to create renderings of 3-D objects from a digital design file.Atom 3D Printed Guitar by Olaf Diegel http://blogs.cio.com/hardware/17693/3d-printingmakes-electric-guitarsPrinting is similar to 2-D inkjet printers, with nozzles spraying substances such as plastic or gels instead of ink. 6. TOOLS OF THE TRADE LEGO Suitable for all ages Inexpensive Promotes creativity Teaches problem solving skills Improves dexterity Combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education with creativity 7. TOOLS OF THE TRADE CRAFTING Some libraries may already have elements of a makerspace: Childrens programs Workshops in jewelry making, duct tape crafts, etc. Sewing & knitting classes Shop classMaria Carrillo High School Makerspace http://makerspace.com/makernews/educators-workshop-review-sewing 8. TOOLS OF THE TRADE COMPUTERS Using computers, makers can create: Video games Full-length films Graphic art Mobile apps 9. FUNDING MAKERSPACES Think outside the box: Grant writing Competitions Crowd-source funding websites Sponsorships 10. SAFETY FIRST A safe makerspace environment is created by: User education of tools Appropriate protective gear Respect for other users Accessible safety equipment Safety precaution guidelines when using makerspaces. http://makerspace.com/ideas/staying-safe-in-makerspaces 11. THE ISSUE OF SPACE Libraries searching for space have several options to consider: Purchase new space Mobile classrooms Reimagine current space Westport Public Library Makerspace http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2_5/commen ts/library_launches_maker_space/ 12. EXPECTATIONS ON LIBRARY STAFF It is our job to create access and develop an environment where people can come togetherAs librarians we are the facilitators we do not have to be the expertsOur community is full of experts and so is yours. Technology teachers, local artists, computer programmers, and lawyers these expertshave knowledge that is worth sharing. ~ Lauren Britton 13. WORKS CITED Abram, Stephen. "Makerspaces in Libraries, Education, and Beyond." Internet@Schools 20.2 (2013): 18-20. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. Britton, Lauren. "A Fabulous Laboratory: The Makerspace at Fayetteville Free Library." Public Libraries Jul 2012: 30-3. ProQuest. Web. 26 Nov. 2013 . Cox, Randy. Video Game Design Class. 30 November, 2008. Photograph. The Oregonian. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. Gutsche, Betha. "Makerspaces in Libraries: Patron's Delight, Staff's Dread?" Alki 29.1 (2013): 28-30. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. Kenney, Brian. "Meet Your Makers." Publishers Weekly 260.13 (2013): 20. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 22 Nov. 2013. "Makerspace Playbook." Makerspace (2012): 17-19. Makerspace. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. McGuire, Devon. Educators Workshop Review: Sewing. 2013. Photograph. Makerspace. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. "PLA Mission and Goals." American Library Association. American Library Association, June 2010. Web. 01 Dec. 2013. Untermeyer, Larry. Library Launches Maker Space. 2012. Photograph. WestportNow. Web. 01 Dec. 2013.