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Keynote address at the Information Technology in Education itie 2016 conference held in Wuhan, China:
On the surface, makerspace and academic libraries might seem an incongruous match. The ever-changing, and seemingly chaotic environment of makerspace contrasts starkly with the stereotype of the quiet and reserved academic library. Sharing lessons learned while transforming an underutilized branch library into a vibrant hub of collaborative and problem-based learning, Colegrove explores emergent roles of makerspaces in university libraries, effecting learning, teaching, and serving the general community. Rather than an artifact of a bygone era, specific examples drawn from the DeLaMare Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, demonstrate that libraries today can offer a powerful platform of transformation that crosses disciplinary and organizational boundaries. Equipped with non-traditional technology such as 3D printers and laser cutters, and staffed with personnel skilled at catalyzing active learning and engagement, discovery, innovation, and collaboration become everyday occurrences across the physical commons of the library. A depth of learning occurs in parallel with classroom instruction as the adjunct spaces and resources of the library become intertwined with the classroom, amplifying the efforts of both. Discover how learning and discovery lead naturally to outreach, innovation, and entrepreneurship in this motivational exploration of practice in a 21st-century university library.