DescriptionThis live online class will be a chance to discuss the concept of Creative Spaces or Maker Spaces in your library. Topics to be covered include:Is this just a new fad?Do you need to jump onto this right now?What exactly is a Creative Space and how would I make it work at my library?What are the Pros and Cons that you will have to deal with?Come join this highly interactive session for a chance to ask questions and get some ideas for how you can make this work for your library.This webinar will be delivered via SEFLIN Connect. Log-in information will be emailed approximately one week before the course.Presented by:Robert AnstettBob Anstett has worked for Broward County Libraries for over 15 years. For 7 years Bob was a Computer Center Manager for BCL. He was responsible for creating and opening the Computer Lab at the African-American Library and Research Center and then moved to the Northwest Regional Library as the Computer Center Manager. He has his Information Sciences degree from Florida State University. He has presented programs at FLA and PLA, and has been keynote speaker for other library systems. He has held discussions on many topics including Teaching to the Public, Time Management Solutions for Public Libraries and Using Social Networking. Bob is well known for his fun and interactive classes and was active in training many other Computer Center Managers for the Broward County system. Bob has created and taught classes on a variety of subjects and for all age groups. He has taught classes from Computer Basics and increasing in skill level to web page design and social networking. He has created class series to be taught in a public library setting to middle school and high school students to assist them with their school assignments. He has taught classes for Seniors, traditional adult learners and a series for an assisted living facility for mentally challenged adults. Bob has taught computer classes for an Adult Summer Reading program based on the popular Children's Summer Reading Program hosted by Youth Services.
Creative Spaces are just that, a place for people to gather and be creative. Often called Maker Spaces by the tech world for the Maker Faire concept of gathering together and building something in a collaborative environment. A Creative Space is a place to write, to film, to design to cut loose and just create something fun and interesting or work related. This can be as simple as using Word to make a Resume or using a suite of programs to produce a series of web videos. That is why everyone is talking about them because it has the appearance of being cutting edge. Does your library need to do this? Well Creative Spaces are just a fad. Sort of like the Internet is just a fad. So yes you need to not only be aware of what they are but you need to be involved in introducing to the public that Libraries are the place to go to for help with or to use a Creative Space.
To have a Creative Space you need… a place for people to be creative It can be a section of computers, a table or two or a separate room with welding torches and all sorts of crazy gear that will have the fire marshal giving you a visit in the first hour you open. Let’s cover the basic things that you will want to consider for your own custom Creative Space. 3D printing is the hardest thing to wrap your head around doing in the library so we will cover that in a bit more detail next. Image editing covers changing photos, creating new digital art and even editing video. Whenever someone wants to put up a web site I am calling that Web Editing. Uploading things to sites is a access speed advantage the library has. Podcasting in the library? Sure it can be done. We will talk about a couple of things you have to take into consideration to get started. Writing is one of the key creative skills that libraries can really encourage. We will talk about how simple and easy it can be for you.
3D printing is what everyone is talking about because it has the very strong potential to be a game changer for manufacturing. (photo credit: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/philliecasablanca/4338175245/) Does that mean you need to be onboard with it now in the library? My advice is a qualified NO. There are two key points to consider when looking at 3D printing, especially in a public setting. 1 – 3D printing is messy and is hard to monetize/quantify for your actual costs. 2 – You need someone who is really interested in this to make it work. If the staff is resistant then it will be very hard to make it work. So what is 3D printing? A 5 minute course:http://lifehacker.com/how-to-get-started-with-3d-printing-without-spending-a-1340345210Maker Bot was the first easily accessible 3D printer, under $2000 and “easy” to useRasberry Pi – not 3D printing it is more for Maker Space gear http://www.raspberrypi.org/ 3D printing will save the world with medical breakthroughs of body organs (do you really want to print a liver in the library?) and provisioning (printing pizza in space) If you have an extra $3,000 to spend you can set up your own custom chocolate factory in the library http://www.3ders.org/articles/20120122-3d-chocolate-printer-available-for-taking-orders.htmlPictures of failed 3D printing projects:https://secure.flickr.com/groups/3d-print-failures/
Now you get to invest in lots of new software? Not really. Basic photo editing is available in your operating system, Win or Mac. Adobe Creative Suite has all the power you need to be able to pull off fantastic photo editing or creating digital artwork from scatch. All those crazy things they do on TV and the movies with green screens? Now you can do that in your library for $100. You already have basic (if horrible) web design with Microsoft Word but Dreamweaver and other products can do a better job. Plus most web hosts have their own design software and templates to use. We provide the high speed connection to make web design work for people. You likely have someone who knows HTML or CSS because of the courses they took in school. Maybe they are an excellent resource for someone’s project.
A quiet room to record in is much easier to create than you might think. Add Sound Baffles to end of room. These panels typically come in 24x24 inch squares. Sample cost would be $100 for 15 panels. Better microphones are easy to use and not too expensive. The Snowball costs $40 or more for better ones. Video cameras are the same way. Many have built in microphones but the quality is not great. A green screen to mount on the wall is less than $100 and comes with software to help create fun effects. Google Plus Hangouts – Live presentations from the library. Don’t forget Music – if you have a way of providing a quiet space like this then creating music is possible also
The largest portion of people using a Creative Space will likely not be using the cool flashy things we talked about. They will be using Microsoft Office. Simple programs you already have. Small Business needs a place to go and create all the stuff they need. Author’s need a place to research and write. The library can help with publishing as well. Think crazy out of the box, Friends of Margate Library Publishing House.
So to wrap up this portion we in libraries already know that we provide “Creative Spaces” for people we just need to rebrand how to deliver that message. We are more than books and DVDs and we need the public to understand that. Talking about how we provide all these tools for people to use and who can come in to use them. How supportive are you of small business? will you let them use the other computers in the building to send out email blasts? Write up proposals? Where do you draw the line in helping someone work on the computer? Would that change if you called it a creative space? Teens need service hours, small business needs help with flyers and websites. The library can bring them together.
See the Notes section of the “What we will use” slide for the full narrative.
The original study room we chose to use after the Branch Head would not let us convert her office.
Simple layout map to show where things go
Proposal for Margate Creative SpaceWe propose to turn our existing small quiet study room into a Creative Space that can be used by the community to produce their own digital creative content and post it to the internet or use how they want to. The technology is all easily available and cheap; there will be almost no cost to get this project started and working in a short time frame. If this concept is successful it is easily replicated at other neighborhood libraries in the County or scaled up for Regional Libraries. What this is and what is it notOur vision of a Creative Space is to provide the tools to the public to be able to produce projects that are graphics orientated to start and then soon add in audio and video capabilities. Once completed anyone could come in from the public and use the Creative Space to create a website, a video or audio presentation or other professional looking pieces. This is something along the concept of a Maker Space except that this will be small in scale to be able to bring to fruition quickly. It will not have the other components of a typical Maker Space such as a 3D printer or other physical activities so that this project can be contained in a small space and use very few resources or have a large budget impact. The current facility Margate has a small quiet study room that can easily be converted to a new purpose that will also allow for customers to continue using the space as a study room when not being used as a Creative Space. The room is 69 inches wide by 105 inches long with large glass windows and a glass door. Keeping the room like this will allow the staff to see what is happening in the room as well as show off to the public this new available service. The furniture currently in the room is not suitable for a Creative Space but would work very well as additional table space for the library when moved to the main area. The completed Creative SpaceThe room would have one counter top built into the south wall. It will be wide enough (69 inches) for two people to sit comfortably and work next to each other. It will be deep enough (at least 24 inches, preferably 32 inches) to have one computer work station with room for speakers, a microphone and ample desk space for people use study on when the room is not in use. The south wall and a portion of both the east and west walls would have foam sound baffles affixed to them to help create a better environment for people using microphones and other sounds. The east wall would have a portion turned into a Green Screen to enable the use of video and cameras to be creative in producing effects and other visual projects. Steps to accomplish thisWe do not need to complete the entire project to be able to use the room right away as a Creative Space. There are five key components to start with then we can add in additional features over time. Key Components:Desk – This can be manufactured by Facilities by installing a simple counter top of the appropriate depth and braced on each opposite wall. Cost: Sample counter top at Lowes costs $82PC – Margate has a PC that can be moved to this room from an unused staff station in the Circulation work room. Cost: noneNetwork Connection – There is a current network outlet in the room that is on the east wall. It would be ideal for it to be moved to under the desk area but that is not required to start the Creative Space. LIT or Facilities would simply move the outlet. Cost: none/minimalSoftware – The PC would need the Envisionware software on it (not currently on the PC), the standard Office Suite (that is currently on the PC) and the Enhanced Software that is currently in the Computer Labs at NOR and NR. Rather than purchase new software or licenses it is suggested that one of those licenses be transferred out of the Lab and to MG for the Creative Space. This would give us Dreamweaver, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Professional and other programs. Cost: noneChairs – Margate has existing chairs that can be used in the Creative Space. Cost: none At this level of equipment we can open the Creative Space for use by the public as soon as the desk can be installed and LIT can shift the PC software. The only cost would be if facilities were to charge the library for fabricating and installing the desk. Additional StepsAdd Green Screen to east wall. This is a simple task with minimal cost. Sample estimates from $65-$150 at various retail outlets. Friends of Margate Library would be asked to purchase this. Add Sound Baffles to end of room. These panels typically come in 24x24 inch squares. The room would use 15 panels of that size. Sample cost would be $100 for 15 panels. The Friends of Margate Library could be asked to pay for this if Facilities cannot provide. At this level of equipment customers would be able to use the Creative Space to design website, produce any type of publication they desire and with their own equipment be able to record audio and video to use in their projects. To achieve this would cost approximately $200. Enhanced OptionsWe can do some things to enhance this project and make it more powerful by adding some additional features. This would consist of two parts Equipment and Software. EquipmentAdding in a larger better quality Monitor would enhance the graphic capability of the space. Adding in a Microphone will mean customers do not need to bring their own. Adding in a better Speaker system would enhance the customer’s audio projects. This might not be possible because of noise levels and before purchasing can be tested with standard speakers. Adding in a camera and or video camera will mean customers do not need to bring their own. Each of these options would have a fairly low cost that can be determined before adding that additional benefit to the Creative Space. SoftwareUpdate Adobe products. We could purchase the full Creative Suite from Adobe Systems to have the most up to date software on the machine. This would entail new licenses and with a new Adobe software release program a potential reoccurring cost. Soon the company is moving to a subscription based model versus the current purchase model. Install better than generic Green Screen software. The basic software that comes with the Green Screen package is sufficient for most projects. Depending on the quality of the Adobe Suite package there might not be a need for additional Green Screen software. Install Garage Band or similar software. This would enable users to create full musical effects with a professional piece of software that many independent bands currently use to produce their music. Each of these options does have a cost both in the purchase and upkeep of the software. LIT will have to decide if the Adobe upgrade is possible under our current purchase agreements, etc. Each of these items has a variable price that can be determined before moving forward with that option. ConclusionIn an ideal world each of these additional parts would be included at start up and the Margate Creative Space would be a jewel for the system. I think that it is better to start with the easily available components and add the Additional Steps items of Green Screen and Sound Baffles to test how customers react to this concept. Summary of Costs Component NeedCostDesk High ~$85Computer High NoneNetwork Connection High NoneSoftware High NoneChairs High NoneAdditional Steps Green Screen Strong $65-$150Sound Baffles Strong $100Enhanced Options Quality Monitor Strong VariableMicrophone Strong None (Variable)Speaker System Moderate VariableCamera and or Video Moderate VariableUpdated Adobe Moderate VariableUpgrade Green Screen Moderate VariableGarage Band Moderate Variable
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What do I have to do now?
Creative / Maker Spaces
What are they
Why is everyone talking about them
Do I really need to do this
So what do I need?
Write, just Write
All the cool kids are doing it
A 5 minute crash course in 3D printing
Image & Web Editing
Speed Speed Speed
Are you going to let them just talk?
Green screen again
Write like the wind
Thousands of projects
Flyers, Brochures, Presentations
Rebranding to Creative Spaces
That bank of computers over there
Special benefits for users
Chamber of Commerce alliances
Local school tie in
What we are doing
Take a room
Pick the things that can be done in there
Use existing assets
In the notes section is the narrative
description of putting this together