Making Your Case: Implementing a Library Makerspace on Campus

Roundtable at the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) 2014 Annual Conference, November 14, 2014

John Burke, Miami University Middletown

Makerspaces, which enable items to be created in a common space using shared equipment and resources, are a growing service for libraries. How does the "maker mindset" of learning through play and tinkering fit in the world of academe? And how can you decide which making activities to support?

 

Making Terrariums at the Gardner-Harvey Library
Photo courtesy of the Gardner-Harvey Library.

Makerspace Resources
3D Printing at the Gardner-Harvey Library
What Motivates Makers?: The Inspirations of Library Makerspace Creators
Hands-On Transformations: Learning Through Making
Making a Case: Makerspaces in Academic Libraries