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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on May 2, 2014

  1. A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources
    Clustered in co-operative workshops called “makerspaces” or “hack(er)spaces,” makers build physical stuff.

    1. From Stacks to Hacks: Makerspaces and LibraryBox
      Space for Creation, Not Just Consumption
    2. Making Things in Academic Libraries
      essentially it’s a place for folks to make things, perhaps writing and illustrating a zine, using the open source Arduino computing platform to program a robot, screenprinting, or creating model houses with a 3D printer. Makerspaces often include tools and equipment that are too expensive or specialized for most people to have in their homes, as well as provide a gathering place for like-minded hobbyists to create and collaborate.”
      “Kids gather to make Lego robots; teens create digital music, movies, and games with computers and mixers; and students engineer new projects while adults create prototypes for small business products with laser cutters and 3D printers. Many libraries across the US have developed makerspaces—places to create, build, and craft—and they are experiencing increased visits and demand as a result. For public libraries, they are places to promote community engagement. For academic libraries, they are places where students and faculty feel welcome to do classwork and research.”
  2. There is a lot on Pinterest on MakerSpaces for Public Libs, but not much for Academic libraries.
  3. Lib school at Madison had a course on how to do it
  4. Policies, agreement form, reservation form:
  5. Budgeting

4 Responses to “Makerspaces”

  1.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Can the Maker Movement Infiltrate Mainstream Classrooms?


  2.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    From: Ewing, M Keith
    Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 11:35 AM
    To: LRS Faculty
    Subject: Makerspaces in libraries resources

    Apropos a recent Dean’s Council document in which the dean proposes creating a “makerspace” for LRS, there’s this from John Burke (Miami U)—


    From: Burke, John []
    Sent: Sunday, August 10, 2014 9:48 PM
    To: Burke, John J.
    Subject: [lita-l] Makerspaces in libraries resources

    ** Apologies for cross-posting **

    I wanted to once again thank everyone who responded to my library makerspaces survey last November (see a summary of the results).

    From those responses and my other research, I put together a page of Makerspace Resources that offer links to makerspace sites, listservs, project sites, product links, and collections of planning resources. I hope you will find this information useful if you are starting or continuing to build a makerspace.

    You might also be interested in the book that resulted from the survey and my research: Makerspaces: A Practical Introduction for Librarians (just available this August). More information on the book is available on the Rowman and Littlefield Publishers site.

    Again, thank you to all!


    John J. Burke, MSLS
    Library Director & Principal Librarian
    Gardner-Harvey Library
    Miami University Middletown

    Text your questions to 513-273-5360

  3.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    From: Wexelbaum, Rachel S.
    Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 11:51 AM
    To: Ewing, M Keith; LRS Faculty
    Subject: RE: Makerspaces in libraries resources

    In light of makerspaces, hackerspaces, women, and STEM, Hacker School has some guidelines to promote safe space for women and minorities in makerspaces and informal learning environments/conferences where diverse groups learn about STEM…you can read their user’s manual here:


  4.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Makerspaces: A Revolution in Sustainable Production

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