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Makerspaces in Libraries: Embracing DIY Culture in Your Library


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Presented at 5 Indiana public libraries in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Columbus, Terre Haute, and Winnemac in Sept 2016.

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Makerspaces in Libraries: Embracing DIY Culture in Your Library

  1. 1. Makerspaces in Libraries Ellyssa Kroski Director of Information Technology, The New York Law Institute
  2. 2. Agenda • What are Makerspaces? • Discussion: Who has been to a makerspace? • Makerspace Tools and technologies • Libraries with Makerspaces • Discussion: Tell Us About Your Own Library Makerspace Events! • Makerspace Programming for Libraries • Host a Chibi Lights Event • Host a Raspberry Pi Event • Host a Wearable Electronics Event • Host a Virtual Reality Event • Host a Robotics Event
  3. 3. Makerspaces, n. Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.
  4. 4. Types of Makerspaces • Hackerspace – Places where computer programmers can share knowledge and information in a common setting. • Fablab – Fabrication laboratories - structured but creative places of production. • Makerspace – A DIY, informal space for making oftentimes equipped with the tools of production such as hardware, machinery, etc.
  5. 5. Why start a Makerspace in your library? • Partnering with the community in the creative goal of making • Informal learning opportunities • Valuable STEM skills • Making encourages curiosity and inventiveness • Supports the Seven Developmental Needs of Adolescents
  6. 6. Library Maker Community • MakerSpaces and the Participatory Library • • Library Entrepreneurship & Maker Services •
  7. 7. Safety in Library Makerspaces • Creating a “culture of safety” • Basic safety equipment • Training programs • Procedures and policies • Safe workspaces • Staffing and supervising
  8. 8. Discussion: Who has been to a Makerspace? Do you have a makerspace in your library?
  9. 9. Makerspace Tools of the Trade
  10. 10. 3D Printers
  11. 11. 3d Scanners
  12. 12. Raspberry Pi
  13. 13. Arduino
  14. 14. Wearable Electronics
  15. 15. Google Cardboard
  16. 16. Legos
  17. 17. Electronics and Circuit Kits
  18. 18. CNC and Milling
  19. 19. CNC and Milling
  20. 20. Robotics
  21. 21. Drones
  22. 22. Sewing
  23. 23. Crafts
  24. 24. Libraries with Makerspaces
  25. 25. The Studio at Anythink Brighton • Makerbot 3D printer • Digital photography lab with multiple digital SLR cameras • Sewing machines • Supplies for DIY crafts and textile projects
  26. 26. Fayetteville Free Library’s Fabulous Laboratory • 7 Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printers • 2 Stratasys Mojo 3D printers (available by reservation) • Epilog Laser cutter - for cutting and engraving wood, acrylic, fabric, leather, plastic, glass, metal, and more • Shapeoko CNC Mill – for carving materials such as wood, plastic, and aluminum • Vinyl cutter • 7 sewing machines • Hand tools & paper craft tools • Jewelry making tools • Knitting & crochet kits • Professional 3D design software
  27. 27. CSU Makerspaces • CSUN • Oviatt Library’s Creative Media Studio • SDSU • Love Library’s build IT, SDSU • Cal State San Bernardino • Library Innovation Lab • San Jose State University, • Creative Media Lab: High-end video and audio editing, animation and game development • 3D Printing: TAZ Lulzbot 5, and adding a Lulz Mini and Glow Forge 3D laser printer • Maker Technology Checkout: Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, makey makeys, 3D printing pens and Google Cardboards are available for checkout • Pop-Up MakerSpace: Converting laptop storage cart into a convertible maker space. It will include the kits listed above, soldering kits, servo kits and a mini 3d printer. • San Francisco State University • Digital Media Studio space: 3D printers give students’ designs life • Cal Maritime • Maker Days: Arduino and 3D printing to quilling and pumpkin carving.
  28. 28. 4th Floor at Chattanooga Public Library • GigLab • Lulzbot Taz and MakerBot Rep2 3D Printers (fees: $0.06​ per gram of PLA used) * • Laser Cutter (20"x12" cutting area) (no fees but must supply your own material) * • Vinyl Plotter (fees: $0.30 per square foot of vinyl used) * • 4K Monitor • Oculus Rifts for dev and games • Screen Printing • Chattanooga Zine Library + zine making lab • Floor Loom • Sewing Machines • Needle Felting and Coloring Books • Power Tools • Hand Tools • Soldering Bench • Arduino Kits * • Adobe Creative Cloud • Mini soft box + lights for product photography • Agile co-working spaces with white boards, projectors, couches, tables. • Special Event Space with sound system, stage, and
  29. 29. The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center in the Orlando Public Library • Video Production Studio • Audio Production Studio • Photography Studio • Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab): Dedicated classes include: electronics, basic engineering, computer programming and robotics. Two 3D Printers are available for small prototype creation. • Simulation Lab: Immersive 3D simulators include Driving, Flight, Fork- Lift and Excavator. • Tech Central: Tech Talks and Meetup groups are offered in a state-of-the-art presentation space. • Technology Exploration: Classes and our collaborative areas stimulate interest in the STEM disciplines.
  30. 30. NCSU Libraries - The D. H. Hill Library Makerspace • For Use in the Library • Arduino Yun • Bernina 1008 Sewing Machine • Lulzbot Mini • MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer • Matter and Form 3D Scanner • Microsoft XBOX for Kinect 3D Sensor • Othermill • Zing 24 Laser by Epilog • Available to Borrow • Arduino Inventor Kit • Intel Galileo Kit • iRobot Create 2 Programmable Robot • LightBlue Bean • littleBits Premium Kit • MaKey MaKey • Moog Werkstatt-01 Analog Synthesizer • Ototo Musical Invention Kit • Raspberry Pi • Sphero SPRK Robotic Ball • Structure 3D Scanner
  31. 31. The Hive at John F. Germany Library in Tampa • Makerspace • Two MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers • Arduino Uno Boards & accessories • Little Bits Deluxe kits • Raspberry Pi kits • Shapeoko 2 CNC milling machine • Work stations, featuring hand tools, soldering irons, glue guns, etc. • Robotics Center • FTC/VEX robotics test field • Two FIRST Lego League tables • Work tables with access to power outlets • Work benches with access to hand tools • Arts Center • Singer Tradition 2277 sewing machines • Singer 14CG754 ProFinish 2-3-4 thread sergers • Brother embroidery machine • Accuquilt Go! Fabric Cutter • Silhouette Cameo paper/vinyl cutter • Sewing, knitting, and embroidery tools, as available. • Fabric shears & cutting tools. • Variety of art supplies, as available. • Recording Studio with 27 iMac computers, green screen wall, cameras, mixers, etc.
  32. 32. Discussion: Tell Us About Your Own Library Makerspace Events!
  33. 33. Intermission
  34. 34. Makerspace Programming for Libraries
  35. 35. Seven Developmental Needs of Adolescents 1. The Need for Physical Activity. 2. The Need for Competence and Achievement. 3. The Need for Self-Definition. 4. The Need for Creative Expression. 5. The Need for Positive Social Interaction. 6. The Need for Structure and Clear Limits. 7. The Need for Meaningful Participation.
  36. 36. Host a Chibi Lights Event Create Illuminated Greeting Cards
  37. 37. Host a Chibi Lights Event • Supplies Needed • Cardstock or paper • Chibi Light LEDs • Chibi Lights copper tape • 3V coin cell batteries • Crayons, markers, colored pencils
  38. 38. Host a Chibi Lights Event • Sketch out greeting card designs with participants • Lesson on parallel circuits • Sketch placement of LED lights either on back of the front of the card or attach a panel behind front of card • Lesson on switches to turn lights on and off • Finish design on card • Stick on copper tape, LEDs, and attach battery • Test out card
  39. 39. Host a Raspberry Pi Event Code Music with Sonic Pi
  40. 40. Host a Raspberry Pi Event • Supplies Needed • Raspberry Pi setup up with Raspbian OS pre-installed • Headphones or speakers • Sonic Pi installed
  41. 41. Host a Raspberry Pi Event • Install Sonic Pi on Raspberry Pis (or have participants do this) • Download Sonic Pi Lesson plans to prepare beforehand • • Introduce participants to Raspberry Pi (discussed in lesson plans) • Introduce participants to coding and computer science components (discussed in lesson plans) • Sequencing, iteration, and conditionals • Data structures, functions, and algorithms • Debugging and concurrency • Discuss Sonic Pi and show demo • Point participants to tutorials at the bottom of the Sonic Pi program window and tell them to get started at their own pace • Plan group share time for end of workshop
  42. 42. Host a Wearable Electronics Event Create LED Cuff Bracelets
  43. 43. Host a Wearable Electronics Event • Supplies Needed • For each student: • battery • battery holder • piece of felt • LED (light) • For the group to share • needle threaders or beeswax • conductive thread • fabric scissors • hot glue gun and glue sticks • needle nose pliers • sewing chalk • sewing needles
  44. 44. Host a Wearable Electronics Event • Sketch out bracelet designs with patrons • Lesson on parallel circuits • Go over placement of prong snap and hole for closing the bracelet • Cut fabric • Glue on pieces such as battery holder, snaps, and LEDs. • Create traces with conductive thread • Test out bracelet • Decorate bracelet
  45. 45. Host a Virtual Reality Event Google Cardboard Hands-On Workshop
  46. 46. Host a Virtual Reality Event • Supplies Needed • For each student: • Google cardboard headset kit • Participants smartphones
  47. 47. Host a Virtual Reality Event • Assemble devices as group activity • Have participants search for and download the Tuscany Drive VR app • Allow time for participants to view the app and experience virtual reality • Have participants choose additional apps to download: • DiveCity Rollercoaster • GermBuster VR game • Sisters horror app
  48. 48. Host a Robotics Event Build and program Lego robots
  49. 49. Host a Robotics Event • Supplies Needed • A Lego Mindstorms robot kit for each 4 participants • A computer or laptop for each participant
  50. 50. Host a Robotics Event • Install the free Lego Mindstorms programming platform on each computer before event • Groups of 4 participants work together to assemble their robots • Groups work together to follow the instructions included in the software to program their robots
  51. 51. Tips for Pitching to Your Board • Present a clear vision statement of what your makerspace would consist of: • Equipment • Supplies • Realistic estimate of space needed • Staffing and volunteer plan • Provide estimated budget for development and ongoing costs • Provide ideas for funding (donations, grants, etc) • Underscore STEM skills opportunities • Pitch collaboration opportunities with local businesses • Pitch "maker" library programming • Start Small to Prove Community Interest • Host a Mini Maker Faire to get community feedback • Start with Kits and Clubs
  52. 52. Ellyssa Kroski Director of Information Technology, The New York Law Institute