ALA-ManufacturingMakerspacesThere’s been some more buzz recently about getting Makerspaces into libraries. I came across this piece posted by American Libraries Magazine  a few days ago that covers the recent interest.

Manufacturing Makerspaces

It includes…

  • an interview with Cory Doctorow where he talks more about the “makerspace revolution” he portrayed in his novel, Makers (2009);
  • MAKE’s own Travis Good’s road trip to see “Three Makerspace Models That Work” in library settings;
  • A shopping list for librarians wanting “Cool Stuff to Outfit Your Makerspace”;
  • Further resources (websites, books, podcasts, and a webinar) to learn more;
  • A history of making in libraries, which I quote below, because it’s just wonderful to see how we’re a part of a long tradition:
1873 Gowanda, New York. The Gowanda Ladies Social Society formed to quilt, knit, sew, socialize, and talk about books. In 1877, it became the Ladies Library Association, receiving a state library charter in 1900 as the Gowanda Free Library.
1905 Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Frances Jenkins Olcott, children’s department head, helped to establish home libraries in working-class houses, where she organized crafts such as sewing or basketry for local kids.
1933 Manitoba (Canada) Crafts Museum and Library. Created as a meeting place and resource connecting people to crafts, the Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library in Winnipeg is dedicated to preserving the province’s cultural heritage and teaching students how to craft.
1960 Nebraska Library Commission. Funded for FY1960 by the Library Services Act of 1956, the Nebraska Library Commission (then known as the Nebraska Public Library Commission) in Lincoln hosted a variety of special activities, including creative arts, that were organized by area groups.
1976 The Tool Library. The Rebuilding Together Central Ohio Tool Library was created by Columbus as the tool-lending library with a federal community development block grant. In March 2009, Rebuilding Together Central Ohio took over operation of the library.
1979 Merrimack (N.H.) Public Library. The newly renovated and expanded Merrimack Public Library opened with a children’s craft room.
2011 Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library Makerspace. The first 21st-century makerspace opened in Fayetteville Free Library. It was the first of its kind in a public library and includes a 3D printer that works in a mobile capacity.

See also coverage from the American Libraries Association Midwinter Meeting in Seattle:

Midwinter’s Maker Monday Builds New Bridges between Libraries and Communities

Librarians Flock to Maker Monday

And some coverage of the meetings from San Francisco’s public media outlet KQED:

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started | MindShift.

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