Duct Tape, Circuits,
& Knitting, Oh My!
Maker Culture
at Your Library
Dan Alexander (NEKLS)
Heather Braum (NEKLS)
Erin How...
Before the cool
stuff....
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Do you offer these?
quilting
stencils
knitting
books
welding
howtos
car repair
manuals
cake pans
altered
books
knitting
cl...
Do you offer these?
lego clubs robotics
duct tape
classes
jewelry
repair
pottery
clothing
creation
gardening electricity
W...
Do you offer these?
music crafting
digital
creation
3D
printing
crazy
summer
projects
writing
clubs
game
design
computer
p...
People
John
Seely
Brown
Henry
Jenkins
Howard
Rheingold
Buffy
Hamilton
Ann
Marie
Thomas
David
Lankes
Gary
Stager
Chris
Ande...
Books
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Ideas
participatory
learning
entrepreneurial
learning
return
to play
constructivism
DIY
STEM/
STEAM
learning
to fail
new
l...
How did we get to today’s movement?
DIY Culture for millennia
Craftsmanship -- master/apprentice
Learning through doing
So...
How did we get to today’s movement?
Mass production
Expensive products
Popular Mechanics & Farmers & Crafters
Source: http...
How did we get to today’s movement?
Cheap manufactured goods
DIY Dark Age (1970-2000)
Explosion of the Internet
Source: ht...
How did we get to today’s movement?
Sustainability movement
People desperate to create, learn, socialize
Libraries’ role i...
DIY Tools
High Tech
Low Tech
No Tech
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Desktop Manufacturing
High
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
High
Tech
DIY
Tools
Desktop 3D Printers
Desktop 3D Scanners
Desktop CNC Machines
Desktop
Manufacturing
Wednesday, October ...
Electronics
High
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
High
Tech
DIY
Tools
Raspberry Pi
Arduino
Circuitry Projects
Electronics
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Projection
High
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
High
Tech
DIY
Tools
Projection Mapping
VPT
Facade Signage
Projection
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Papercraft
Low
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Low
Tech
DIY
Tools
Pepakura Designer
Papercraft Museum
Papercraft
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Digital & Vinyl Cutters
Low
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Low
Tech
DIY
Tools
Silhouette Cameo
KNK Zing
Silver Bullet
Digital &
Vinyl Cutters
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Templates
Low
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Low
Tech
DIY
Tools
Carvings
Enlargements
Screen Printing
Templates
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Gardening/Canning
No
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Textiles
No
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Woodworking
No
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Vehicle & Bicycle
No
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Crafting
No
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Cooking
No
Tech
DIY
Tools
Wednesday, October 9, 13
The Most
Valuable Tool
?
Wednesday, October 9, 13
You &
Your Community
Source: http://goo.gl/ewc1h
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Let’s...Improve Summer
Reading Programming
• assets
• enthusiasm
• expertise
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Let’s Get a Partnership
extend the message
amp up the activities
connect to community resources
Wednesday, October 9, 13
But how can we fund it?
• Local STEM/STEAM money
• Not the traditional summer reading/
programming support
• Grants throug...
Planning with Collaborators
Structured, regular access to programs
Variety of things to try
Pilot with regulars
Wednesday,...
What Worked?
• Group activities save $$$
• Process-based rather than product-
based projects help, too
Wednesday, October ...
Motor Activity
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Music Program
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Stop Motion Animation
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Magnetic Obstacle Course
Wednesday, October 9, 13
What Didn’t Work?
• Low-tech & retro tech wasn’t a hit
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Lessons Learned
Dramatically increased male attendance &
engagement
Females relished opportunity to work in groups
Wednesd...
Lessons Learned
Everyone loved writing stories & making new
friends
Things that weren’t easily available at home
were the ...
Lessons Learned
380% increase in program attendance over last
summer
Repeats requested & being delivered
Wednesday, Octobe...
Lessons Learned
Making can
happen...
Anywhere!
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Discussion & Questions
Source: http://goo.gl/UpzNY
Wednesday, October 9, 13
Info & Contact Us
• Presentation Information: www.nekls.org/?p=13765
• includes slides, link to list of resources, & more!...
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Duct Tape, Circuits, and Knitting, Oh My! Maker Culture at Your Library (KLC presentation)

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Dan Alexander (NEKLS), Heather Braum (NEKLS), and Erin Downey Howerton (Wichita Public Library) presented at the 2013 Kansas Library Conference in Topeka on maker culture.

Session description: Maker culture, maker spaces, and content creation are new movements in libraries -- or are they? People have always created, with the help of library resources. The maker movement in libraries goes much further than resources by providing space, tools, mentors, more resources, and even programming to help people make and create even more! Public libraries have been the main focus of maker spaces, but school and academic libraries can also participate! This session will provide a brief primer on the maker movement and its culture, showcase how libraries are developing maker programming and spaces in their libraries, explain why libraries should embrace this movement, and how you can do it -- with plenty of resources to help!

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  1. 1. Duct Tape, Circuits, & Knitting, Oh My! Maker Culture at Your Library Dan Alexander (NEKLS) Heather Braum (NEKLS) Erin Howerton (Wichita PL) Source: http://goo.gl/F2XnTS Wednesday, October 9, 13
  2. 2. Before the cool stuff.... Wednesday, October 9, 13
  3. 3. Do you offer these? quilting stencils knitting books welding howtos car repair manuals cake pans altered books knitting clubs card creating Wednesday, October 9, 13
  4. 4. Do you offer these? lego clubs robotics duct tape classes jewelry repair pottery clothing creation gardening electricity Wednesday, October 9, 13
  5. 5. Do you offer these? music crafting digital creation 3D printing crazy summer projects writing clubs game design computer programm ing Wednesday, October 9, 13
  6. 6. People John Seely Brown Henry Jenkins Howard Rheingold Buffy Hamilton Ann Marie Thomas David Lankes Gary Stager Chris Anderson Wednesday, October 9, 13
  7. 7. Books Wednesday, October 9, 13
  8. 8. Ideas participatory learning entrepreneurial learning return to play constructivism DIY STEM/ STEAM learning to fail new librarianship Wednesday, October 9, 13
  9. 9. How did we get to today’s movement? DIY Culture for millennia Craftsmanship -- master/apprentice Learning through doing Source: http://goo.gl/pWu0kd Wednesday, October 9, 13
  10. 10. How did we get to today’s movement? Mass production Expensive products Popular Mechanics & Farmers & Crafters Source: http://goo.gl/2a06G1 Wednesday, October 9, 13
  11. 11. How did we get to today’s movement? Cheap manufactured goods DIY Dark Age (1970-2000) Explosion of the Internet Source: http://goo.gl/4Rbz6M Wednesday, October 9, 13
  12. 12. How did we get to today’s movement? Sustainability movement People desperate to create, learn, socialize Libraries’ role in past & present Source: http://goo.gl/nSQJ6o Wednesday, October 9, 13
  13. 13. DIY Tools High Tech Low Tech No Tech Wednesday, October 9, 13
  14. 14. Desktop Manufacturing High Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  15. 15. High Tech DIY Tools Desktop 3D Printers Desktop 3D Scanners Desktop CNC Machines Desktop Manufacturing Wednesday, October 9, 13
  16. 16. Electronics High Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  17. 17. High Tech DIY Tools Raspberry Pi Arduino Circuitry Projects Electronics Wednesday, October 9, 13
  18. 18. Projection High Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  19. 19. High Tech DIY Tools Projection Mapping VPT Facade Signage Projection Wednesday, October 9, 13
  20. 20. Papercraft Low Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  21. 21. Low Tech DIY Tools Pepakura Designer Papercraft Museum Papercraft Wednesday, October 9, 13
  22. 22. Digital & Vinyl Cutters Low Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  23. 23. Low Tech DIY Tools Silhouette Cameo KNK Zing Silver Bullet Digital & Vinyl Cutters Wednesday, October 9, 13
  24. 24. Templates Low Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  25. 25. Low Tech DIY Tools Carvings Enlargements Screen Printing Templates Wednesday, October 9, 13
  26. 26. Gardening/Canning No Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  27. 27. Textiles No Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  28. 28. Woodworking No Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  29. 29. Vehicle & Bicycle No Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  30. 30. Crafting No Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  31. 31. Cooking No Tech DIY Tools Wednesday, October 9, 13
  32. 32. The Most Valuable Tool ? Wednesday, October 9, 13
  33. 33. You & Your Community Source: http://goo.gl/ewc1h Wednesday, October 9, 13
  34. 34. Let’s...Improve Summer Reading Programming • assets • enthusiasm • expertise Wednesday, October 9, 13
  35. 35. Let’s Get a Partnership extend the message amp up the activities connect to community resources Wednesday, October 9, 13
  36. 36. But how can we fund it? • Local STEM/STEAM money • Not the traditional summer reading/ programming support • Grants through professional organizations Wednesday, October 9, 13
  37. 37. Planning with Collaborators Structured, regular access to programs Variety of things to try Pilot with regulars Wednesday, October 9, 13
  38. 38. What Worked? • Group activities save $$$ • Process-based rather than product- based projects help, too Wednesday, October 9, 13
  39. 39. Motor Activity Wednesday, October 9, 13
  40. 40. Music Program Wednesday, October 9, 13
  41. 41. Stop Motion Animation Wednesday, October 9, 13
  42. 42. Magnetic Obstacle Course Wednesday, October 9, 13
  43. 43. What Didn’t Work? • Low-tech & retro tech wasn’t a hit Wednesday, October 9, 13
  44. 44. Lessons Learned Dramatically increased male attendance & engagement Females relished opportunity to work in groups Wednesday, October 9, 13
  45. 45. Lessons Learned Everyone loved writing stories & making new friends Things that weren’t easily available at home were the big draw Wednesday, October 9, 13
  46. 46. Lessons Learned 380% increase in program attendance over last summer Repeats requested & being delivered Wednesday, October 9, 13
  47. 47. Lessons Learned Making can happen... Anywhere! Wednesday, October 9, 13
  48. 48. Discussion & Questions Source: http://goo.gl/UpzNY Wednesday, October 9, 13
  49. 49. Info & Contact Us • Presentation Information: www.nekls.org/?p=13765 • includes slides, link to list of resources, & more! • Contact us • Dan: dalexander@nekls.org • Heather: hbraum@nekls.org / @hbraum • Erin: erindowney@gmail.com / @hybridlib Wednesday, October 9, 13

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