Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Second Edition is an A-Z guidebook jam-packed with resources, advice, and information to help you develop and fund your own makerspace from the ground up. Learn what other libraries are making, building, and doing in their makerspaces and how you can, too. Readers are introduced to makerspace equipment, new technologies, models for planning and assessing projects, and useful case studies that will equip them with the knowledge to implement their own library makerspaces. This expanded second edition features eighteen brand new library makerspace profiles providing advice and inspiration for how to create your own library makerspace, over twenty new images and figures illustrating maker tools and trends as well as library makerspaces in action and new lists of actual grant and funding sources for library makerspaces.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 572 g
Dimensions: 278 x 215 x 13 mm
Edition: Second Edition
The modern maker movement has gained momentum over the last two decades by infusing the creative spirit and shared infrastructure/resources of artisan cooperatives with the discovery/educational nature of libraries. As did the first edition (2014), this updated version of Burke's guide introduces librarians to the maker concept and to helps them determine whether such spaces are a good fit for their organizations. After a brief review of maker history and how libraries became involved in the movement, readers are introduced to the practical assessment and planning steps to take before implementation. Everything from space, resources, and talent needs to the types of programs, services, and equipment to offer is addressed without being prescriptive because a makerspace should align with the interests of a library's constituents. Makers work in all socioeconomic sectors and in a variety of environments, so the steps outlined apply to all library types, as illustrated through profiles of 18 different makerspaces throughout the country. Though the presentation and language are readily accessible to all readers, the text is clearly oriented toward professional librarians responsible for designing programs and services for their institutions.
Summing Up: Recommended. Researchers, faculty, and professionals. * CHOICE *
Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Second Edition is the book that libraries just dipping their toes into the world of making are looking for. It gives a fantastic overview of the current makerspace implementations, with options for any size library to be able to jump in and excite their community with new abilities. If you've been trying to wrap your head around how to roll out maker services in your library, this is a great place to start. -- Jason Griffey, principal and director, Evenly Distributed LLC, and affiliate fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
John Burke and Ellyssa Kroski have done an amazing job explaining Makerspaces in a format that is clear and concise. They highlight not only project driven outcomes for types of spaces, but share the successes of libraries around the world as reference points. -- Brian Pichman, director of Strategic Innovation, Evolve Project