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A Practical Guide for Librarians

John J. Burke

A “makerspace” is an area in a library where users can use tools and equipment to design, build, and create all sorts of different things. It may be a dedicated room or a multipurpose space in which a collection of raw materials and resources can be utilized as desired. Projects range from prototyping product designs with 3D printers, to programming robots, to creating art out of recycled items.

This practical guide will help librarians

  • develop, budget for, and implement makerspaces;
  • write grant proposals for funding;
  • and understand the mindset behind the maker movement in order to meet patron needs.

Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians also includes useful case studies, descriptions of equipment and new technologies, and models for planning and assessing projects.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 204Size: 8 1/2 x 11
978-1-4422-2967-9 • Paperback • July 2014 • $65.00 • (£44.95)
978-1-4422-2968-6 • eBook • July 2014 • $61.00 • (£42.95)
John J. Burke is principal librarian and director of the Gardner-Harvey Library on the Middletown regional campus of Miami University of Ohio. He is former president of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) and former chair of the Southwest Ohio Council on Higher Education (SOCHE) Library Council.

List of Illustrations
List of Library Makerspace Profiles
Chapter 1: The Library as a Creation and Collaboration Space
Chapter 2: The Maker Movement and Building Up a Making Mindset
Chapter 3: An Overview of Makerspace Implementations
Chapter 4: What Will Patrons Make in Your Makerspace?
Chapter 5: Budgeting for a Makerspace
Chapter 6: Resources for Audio, Image, and Video Creation
Chapter 7: Resources for Crafts and Artistic Pursuits
Chapter 8: Resources for Electronics, Robotics, and Programming
Chapter 9: Resources for 3D Printing and Prototyping
Chapter 10: Resources for the Unexpected: Lesser Known Making
Chapter 11: Approaches for Developing a Makerspace That Enables Makers
Chapter 12: Re-Making the Library? Tracking the Present and Future of Making in Libraries
Appendix: Makerspaces in Libraries Survey
About the Author
Makerspaces is part of Rowman and Littlefield’s Practical Guides for Librarians Series, and this book is just that - a readable, real-world guide aimed at a wide variety of maker-librarians. . . .With its broad focus on all types of libraries, fascinating case studies, and an excellent list of current resources, Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians is recommended for any aspiring maker-librarian.
Journal of Library Innovation

John. J. Burke does a good job of explaining the history and background of making and makerspaces. . . .The author's basic purpose and premise for the book are that every library will become a makerspace in one way or another. And he may be right. . . .If you know nothing about makerspaces or if you would like to start one for your library, this book is a good place to start.
Journal of the Medical Library Association

Rich in insight, chalk full of profiles, this book is the right tool for aspiring maker librarians.
Travis Good, Make: Magazine contributor