Makerspaces Move into Academic Libraries

Erin Silva Fisher, Library Program Manager at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan reports that Makerspaces Move into Academic Libraries. This interesting article at ALA Tech Connect features great examples of the ways university libraries are providing makerspaces including 3D printing labs, ThinkLabs, and lock-picking workshops.

“During the past year, makerspaces have been gaining traction in libraries. A makerspace is a place where people come together to design and build projects. Makerspaces typically provide access to materials, tools, and technologies to allow for hands-on exploration and participatory learning. They are occasionally referred to as fablabs, hackerspaces or tech shops.

Makerspaces emerged around 2005 as an offshoot of the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) movement. A makerspace often includes a 3-D printer, digital media and fabrication software, tools for welding, woodworking, and soldering, traditional arts and crafts supplies, and other electronics. However, makerspaces are defined not by specific equipment but by a guiding purpose to provide people with a place to experiment, create, and learn.”