Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians

by John J. Burke
     
 

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A “makerspace” is an area in a library where users can use tools and equipment to design, build, and create all sorts of different things. It may be a dedicated room or a multipurpose space in which a collection of raw materials and resources can be utilized as desired. Projects range from prototyping product designs with 3D printers, to programming

Overview

A “makerspace” is an area in a library where users can use tools and equipment to design, build, and create all sorts of different things. It may be a dedicated room or a multipurpose space in which a collection of raw materials and resources can be utilized as desired. Projects range from prototyping product designs with 3D printers, to programming robots, to creating art out of recycled items.

This practical guide will help librarians

·develop, budget for, and implement makerspaces;
·write grant proposals for funding;
·and understand the mindset behind the maker movement in order to meet patron needs.

Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians also includes useful case studies, descriptions of equipment and new technologies, and models for planning and assessing projects.

Editorial Reviews

Travis Good
Rich in insight, chalk full of profiles, this book is the right toolfor aspiring maker librarians.
Journal of Library Innovation
Makerspaces is part of Rowman and Littlefield’s Practical Guides for Librarians Series, and this book is just that - a readable, real-world guide aimed at a wide variety of maker-librarians. . . .With its broad focus on all types of libraries, fascinating case studies, and an excellent list of current resources, Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians is recommended for any aspiring maker-librarian.
Journal of the Medical Library Association
John. J. Burke does a good job of explaining the history and background of making and makerspaces. . . .The author's basic purpose and premise for the book are that every library will become a makerspace in one way or another. And he may be right. . . .If you know nothing about makerspaces or if you would like to start one for your library, this book is a good place to start.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442229679
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/17/2014
Series:
Practical Guides for Librarians Series, #8
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
269,541
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

John J. Burke is principal librarian and director of the Gardner-Harvey Library on the Middletown regional campus of Miami University of Ohio. He is former president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) and former chair of the Southwest Ohio Council on Higher Education (SOCHE) Library Council.

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