MAKERSPACES:
TRANSLITERACY IN PUBLIC
LIBRARIES
BY ASHLEY DEAN
WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?
• Hackerspaces
• Fab Labs
• Creative Spaces
• Makelabs
• Makerhoods
WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?
“A place where people come
together to create and collaborate,
to share resources, knowledge,
and st...
MAKERSPACE AND THE LIBRARY MISSION
Public Library Association Mission Statement
The Public Library Association enhances th...
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
3-D

PRINTERS

3-D printers allow users to create
renderings of 3-D objects from a
digital design file....
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
LEGO
•
•
•
•
•
•

Suitable for all ages
Inexpensive
Promotes creativity
Teaches problem solving skills
...
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
CRAFTING
Some libraries may already have
elements of a makerspace:

• Children’s programs
• Workshops i...
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
COMPUTERS
Using computers, makers can
create:

• Video games
• Full-length films
• Graphic art
• Mobile...
FUNDING MAKERSPACES
Think outside the box:

• Grant writing
• Competitions
• Crowd-source funding websites
• Sponsorships
SAFETY FIRST
A safe makerspace
environment is created by:

•
•

User education of tools
Appropriate protective
gear

• Res...
THE ISSUE OF SPACE
Libraries searching for space have
several options to consider:

• Purchase new space
• Mobile classroo...
EXPECTATIONS ON LIBRARY STAFF
“It is our job to create access and develop an environment where
people can come together…As...
WORKS CITED
Abram, Stephen. "Makerspaces in Libraries, Education, and Beyond." Internet@Schools 20.2 (2013): 18-20. Librar...
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Makerspaces: Transliteracy in Public Libraries

  1. 1. MAKERSPACES: TRANSLITERACY IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES BY ASHLEY DEAN
  2. 2. WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE? • Hackerspaces • Fab Labs • Creative Spaces • Makelabs • Makerhoods
  3. 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. 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. 5. TOOLS OF THE TRADE 3-D PRINTERS 3-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-guitars Printing is similar to 2-D inkjet printers, with nozzles spraying substances such as plastic or gels instead of ink.
  6. 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. 7. TOOLS OF THE TRADE CRAFTING Some libraries may already have elements of a makerspace: • Children’s programs • Workshops in jewelry making, duct tape crafts, etc. • Sewing & knitting classes • Shop class Maria Carrillo High School Makerspace http://makerspace.com/makernews/educators-workshop-review-sewing
  8. 8. TOOLS OF THE TRADE COMPUTERS Using computers, makers can create: • Video games • Full-length films • Graphic art • Mobile apps
  9. 9. FUNDING MAKERSPACES Think outside the box: • Grant writing • Competitions • Crowd-source funding websites • Sponsorships
  10. 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. 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. 12. EXPECTATIONS ON LIBRARY STAFF “It is our job to create access and develop an environment where people can come together…As librarians we are the facilitators – we do not have to be the experts…Our community is full of experts – and so is yours. Technology teachers, local artists, computer programmers, and lawyers – these experts…have knowledge that is worth sharing.” ~ Lauren Britton
  13. 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 <http://search.proquest.com/docview/1035381466?accountid=42757>. 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.

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