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WHY MAKERSPACES? Presented at the NDLA Annual Conference September 2014 by Mary J. Soucie State Librarian

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Why makerspaces?. Presented at the NDLA Annual Conference September 2014 by Mary J. Soucie State Librarian. What is a makerspace ?. A makerspace is a place to be creative. An opportunity to explore common and uncommon tools Users often teach each other. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Why makerspace?

Why makerspaces?Presented at the NDLA Annual ConferenceSeptember 2014by Mary J. SoucieState Librarian

What is a makerspace?A makerspace is a place to be creative.An opportunity to explore common and uncommon toolsUsers often teach each other

What does a makerspace include?Answer: toolsThere is no one answer to what should a makerspace include. Each is unique to the community it belongs to.

Many makerspaces revolve around technology tools.

Tools3-D printers

Software that users may not have access to at home

Some type of recording equipment

such as the full-blown version of Photoshop; audio equipment includes whether its a full blown studio or an audio room for folks to take their keyboard in to record on the computer as they play/compose. 4Tools continuedElectronics kitsMusical instruments and recording equipmentTextilesHandheld and power toolsComputers and softwareLaser cutters

Electronic kits: so people can play and learn about circuits, robots, different kinds of electricityTextiles: different types of fabrics, rope, string, vinylTools: a variety of non-specialized hand and power tools such as hammers, wrenches, screwdrivers, saws to put together and take apart a variety of materials

5why have a makerspace

Center of community: connects patrons with information, resources and other people6To provide patrons with new experiences

Meet patron needs in new and innovative ways

A natural extension of programming already being done in libraries

Reach users currently not using the library

Affirm the libraries role as the center of the community

Theyre fun!

One example of a makerspaceHere are pictures from the Fountaindale Librarys Studio 300. Fountaindale PL is located in Bolingbrook, IL

Studio 300 top- computers with studio rooms on outsideBottom shows the staff area11

Top picture podcastTop right- videoconferencing roomBottom- control roomTo do this on a smaller scale, use a portable green screen, less computers, smaller room. 12Maker boxesOn the other end of the spectrum are makerboxes, portable makerspaces that can be shared out in the community or with other libraries.

Little Maker KidsNDSLs littlebits kit Available for checkout by libraries October 15.

Where to start?Do some additional research on makerspacesIdentify the budget amount you can devote to the serviceStart small if you need toCheck out the State Librarys littlebits kits Create littlebits kits, arduino boards, toolboxes, craft suppliesJamestown- audio room a separate room for people to bring in a keyboard to record to the computer

15Sampling of library makerspacesFayetville, NY Fab Labhttp://www.fflib.org/make/fab-lab

Cleveland Public Library Tech Centralhttp://www.cpl.org/TheLibrary/TechCentral/TechCentralMakerSpace.aspx

Missoula Public Library Makerspacehttp://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/makerspace

A few pinterest boardshttp://www.pinterest.com/pdavislibrarian/makerbox/http://www.pinterest.com/media3693/stem-libraries-as-makerspaces/http://www.pinterest.com/pin/31454897371591128/http://www.pinterest.com/pin/263953228133081363/

A selection of articleshttp://suburbanitesoapbox.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/arts-gala-technology-the-maker-movement-in-libraries/http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=4f3d5c7e-b91d-4bed-b653-d9a499e17f82%40sessionmgr4001&vid=1&hid=4201http://makezine.com/2013/05/22/the-difference-between-hackerspaces-makerspaces-techshops-and-fablabs/

More resourceshttp://makerspace.com/Create mailing list [email protected]://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/library-makerspacesFunding Sources http://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/creativemaker-fundingA collection of articles and blogshttp://library-maker-culture.weebly.com/what-are-they.html

For school librarianshttp://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/02/want-to-start-a-makerspace-at-school-tips-to-get-started/

General article on makerspace modelshttp://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/article/manufacturing-makerspaces

Questions?My contact info:

Mary J. SoucieState Librarian(701) [email protected] What maker activities are you doing in your library?