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Moving beyond simplistic equipment lists, this book provides contextual and practical information to help academic library personnel learn how to plan, collaborate, and sustain relevant makerspaces positioned within the broader ecology of campus innovation.
The makerspace movement within academic libraries has largely focused on providing space and equipment for making. Academic libraries, however, have a unique opportunity to push beyond the 3D printer to create makerspaces that complement the broader ecology of innovation happening on campus.
Intended for academic library personnel, this book is for those seeking guidance on how to establish a makerspace that is more than an equipment room. Katy Mathuews and Daniel Harper provide important context for the maker movement, a review of the process of making, and an overview of the various types of makerspaces, including the hub-and-spoke model, the centralized model, and the mobile makerspace.
Additionally, the book provides practical steps to consider, including situating the academic library makerspace within the campus environment, creating valuable collaborations on campus, finding innovative ways to support the entire making process, programming, curriculum planning, and sustaining daily operations such as staffing, funding, and public service.
- Understand how making fits into the campus ecology of innovation and how academic libraries are naturally suited to support the maker movement
- Understand the history of the maker movement, makerspace typologies, and the making process
- Learn how to build sustainable relationships with campus and community collaborators
- Learn what to consider when establishing a library makerspace, including planning, staffing, and funding
- Understand how traditional library services can complement the makerspace and making process, including programming and instruction
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"Mathuews's and Harper's book provides an outstanding guide for connecting academic library makerspaces to the curriculum, to student success, and to communities. They offer practical advice on building and sustaining support for the makerspace within the institution and a bibliography to help libraries create a collection of sources to inspire creativity among students and faculty members. Their inclusion of model makerspaces alongside coherent descriptions of key making concepts will motivate academic librarians to pursue the creation of makerspaces and succeed in these efforts."
"A great resource for university libraries looking to incorporate a makerspace into their facility. Academic Library Makerspaces: A Practical Guide to Planning, Collaborating, and Supporting Campus Innovation is a comprehensive study of many types of makerspaces integrated into university campuses. This book will be a useful tool to provide faculty and staff instructions on how to navigate through this complex process of decision making, planning, and implementing the makerspace to meet universities' specific requirements. In addition, the use of support documentation and additional readings provides concrete resources to help orient the team and gives valuable advice to move forward in this exciting endeavor."
"Through valuable insights, Academic Library Makerspaces becomes a comprehensive resource offering context for makerspaces that extend the library's value by providing an inclusive third space that promotes collaboration and ideation through making. Effective design thinking and practical planning considerations, along with an overview of the array of makerspace types, are shared to provide practical guidance for designing and implementing a successful makerspace. Katy Mathuews and Daniel Harper benchmark numerous makerspaces in their research, and the examples presented in this book provide a sound foundation for those who share an interest in creating, managing, operating, programming, marketing, and sustaining a thriving makerspace environment within their academic library and integrating making as part of the broader academic mission."
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