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  • April 2013 Report on 3D Printing in Libraries Around the World Also available at 3Ders: world.htmlRiel Gallant – MLIS 2013 Dalhousie University
  • Why do maker spaces belong in libraries?Westport's observation that their patrons interactions with the library were changing- people arriving to programs earlier and staying later, they are forming their own groups-- the library was becoming a platform for learning -- Westport created the conditions where these sorts of interactions are possible."From collections to connections" David Lankes          Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communitiesThese trends reflect our society's move toward participatory culture -- shift away for passively consuming knowledge to becoming active participants in the creation of new knowledge by making things (even if they're only contributing to a kickstarter project)
  • This is our new vision statement developed along with a new strategic plan. We think there’s most certainly a place for maker culture in our library.
  • Already obsoleteNew replicatorOther stuff you probably already have.
  • Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces
  • ----- Meeting Notes (12/6/12 10:39) -----Great set of webinars
  • ----- Meeting Notes (4/24/13 09:51) -----You don't need much. A table, some computers, some kits…
  • CLA Makerspace

    1. 1. Makerspaces in AcademicLibrariesPresented byEdward IglesiasSystems LibrarianCentral Connecticut State University
    2. 2. Public Libraries + Maker Space = AGood Fit
    3. 3. Academic Libraries are SlightlyDifferent
    4. 4. April 2013 Report on 3D Printing inLibraries Around the World
    5. 5. Similarities• A community with needs• A centralized space• The ability to be a neutral good
    6. 6. Differences• Some of these resources already exist oncampus.– Engineering might have 3D Printers– Art might have laser cutters– Welding and soldering stations possible in manydifferent disciplines
    7. 7. Differences Continued• A question of mission– Does scholarly research or teaching take the lead?– What about community building?• Is this someone’s pet project already?
    8. 8. What is it?• “Makerspaces organize tools, materials andexpertise to help a community of people workon projects”– What Makes a Maker Space Panel Discussion onMake: Live Stage at World Maker Faire 2012•
    9. 9. Libraries are Aware• LITA Forum 2013 Call for Proposals• Possible ideas for topics might include:• Maker spaces/Maker Movement– Creation of New Library Spaces– Data Curation– Discovery– User Experience– Web Services– Coding– Digital Libraries– Institutional Repositories»
    10. 10. Makerspace event helpskick off U.S. Departmentof Education bus touracross AmericaThe MENTOR Makerspaceprogram has a goal ofintroducing low-costmakerspaces into 1,000high schools over the nextthree years. It will provideinformation and trainingfor teachers along withsoftware design tools andhardware for use in aschool environment. Thefirst round of 10 pilotschools are located inNorthern California.
    11. 11. Student Expectations
    12. 12. Why?“From collections to connections”–David Lankes
    13. 13. Space for Creation, Not JustConsumptionMaker spaces promote learning through play;have the potential to demystify science, math,technology, and engineering; and encouragewomen and under-represented minorities toseek careers in those fields.–
    14. 14. A Maker Space and CCSU Library’sStrategic DirectionA new 21st century mission:“The Elihu Burritt Library … satisfiesthe 21st century learning and researchneeds of its community of learners byfacilitating knowledge creation,inspiring intellectual curiosity andlifelong learning.”
    15. 15. So You Wanna Build aMakerspace?
    16. 16. What Fayetteville has
    17. 17. De La Mare(University ofNevada, Reno)• 2 3D printers, a 3D scanner• 2 button makers,• about a dozen arduino kits, soldering kits,• AR Drones• Weve converted a lot of the space that once held books to makeroom for collaborative space and entire walls painted in whiteboardpaint.• Weve held a lockpicking workshop in partnership with Renos local• makerspace, Bridgewire:, here inthe library where over 80 people attended. We worked with themto offer a student membership as well.
    18. 18. Things to Keep in Mind• Do your users want it?• Where will you put it?• Noise?• Power?
    19. 19. Planning is Important
    20. 20. What are your strengths
    21. 21. Kindle Pi
    22. 22. Whatever you’re good at.
    23. 23. Espresso Book Machine?
    24. 24. Natural Allies• Robotics• Engineering• Biology• Chemistry• ArtAll can use a 3D printer
    25. 25. You Need a 3D Printer
    26. 26. The Past (2011)• Watch this video•
    27. 27. The Present• Archive of Makerspaces: A New Wave ofLibrary Services yeah, that’s them.
    28. 28. The Future?• Prepare for ubiquity. As omnipresent asprinters.• Focus on design.• If you don’t provide this service, others will.
    29. 29. Staples to Offer In-Store 3D Printing• Soon, Staples customers will be able to peruse office supplies whilewaiting for their 3D project to be printed.• The big-box store announced this week that its Printing SystemsDivision will work with Mcor Technologies Ltd. to launch a new 3Dprinting service, dubbed "Staples Easy 3D."• The program, however, will initially only have limited availability inthe Netherlands and Belgium–,2817,2412697,00.asp
    30. 30. They aren’t kidding around• Watch this video•
    31. 31. 3D Printed items from Makerbot
    32. 32. Thingiverse
    33. 33. A Portable Makerspace• Organize events including crafting.• Teach classes (Arduino, soldering, RaspberryPi, Fabric Arts etc…)• Take the makerspace idea into classrooms topromote as you would any other resource.
    34. 34. Resources• Online resource for librarian makers–• The magazine you need to read–• My links to various sites–– Very cool flickr stream from UNR–
    35. 35. Suggested readings
    36. 36. Roadmap• Ask you users• Have a Fair• Contact other stakeholders• Do it