Why makerspace?

Report
Presented at the NDLA Annual Conference
September 2014
by
Mary J. Soucie
State Librarian
A
makerspace is a place to be creative.
 An opportunity to explore common and
uncommon tools
 Users often teach each other
Answer: tools
There is no one answer to what should a
makerspace include. Each is unique to
the community it belongs to.
Many makerspaces revolve around
technology tools.
 3-D
printers
 Software
that users may not have
access to at home
 Some
type of recording equipment
 Electronics
kits
 Musical instruments and recording
equipment
 Textiles
 Handheld and power tools
 Computers and software
 Laser cutters
To provide patrons with
new experiences
Meet patron needs in new
and innovative ways
A natural extension of programming
already being done in libraries
Reach users currently not using the
library
Affirm the libraries role as the
center of the community
They’re fun!
 Here
are pictures from the Fountaindale
Library’s Studio 300. Fountaindale PL is
located in Bolingbrook, IL
 On
the other end of the spectrum are
makerboxes, portable makerspaces that can
be shared out in the community or with
other libraries.
Little Maker Kids
NDSL’s littlebits kit
Available for
checkout by libraries
October 15.
 Do
some additional research on
makerspaces
 Identify the budget amount you can
devote to the service
 Start small if you need to
 Check out the State Library’s littlebits
kits
 Fayetville,
NY Fab Lab
http://www.fflib.org/make/fab-lab
 Cleveland
Public Library Tech Central
http://www.cpl.org/TheLibrary/TechCen
tral/TechCentralMakerSpace.aspx
 Missoula
Public Library Makerspace
http://www.missoulapubliclibrary.org/
makerspace
 http://www.pinterest.com/pdavislibra
rian/makerbox/
 http://www.pinterest.com/media3693/
stem-libraries-as-makerspaces/
 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/314548
97371591128/
 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/263953
228133081363/
 http://suburbanitesoapbox.wordpress.c
om/2014/03/23/arts-gala-technologythe-maker-movement-in-libraries/
 http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfv
iewer/pdfviewer?sid=4f3d5c7e-b91d4bed-b653d9a499e17f82%40sessionmgr4001&vid=
1&hid=4201
 http://makezine.com/2013/05/22/thedifference-between-hackerspacesmakerspaces-techshops-and-fablabs/
 http://makerspace.com/
mailing list Create@cvl-lists.org
http://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org/libr
ary-makerspaces
 Funding Sources
http://create.coloradovirtuallibrary.org
/creativemaker-funding
 A collection of articles and blogs
 http://library-makerculture.weebly.com/what-are-they.html
 Create
 For
school librarians
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/02
/want-to-start-a-makerspace-at-schooltips-to-get-started/
 General
article on makerspace models
http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.
org/article/manufacturing-makerspaces
My contact info:
Mary J. Soucie
State Librarian
(701) 328-4654
msoucie@nd.gov

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