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Need makerspace ideas or gadgets?

Tecnologia - Technology (2)By now, you’ve probably heard about makerspaces. (If not, catch up here). Here at CMLE, we think they are pretty exciting. All the opportunities for hands-on learning and creation! But it’s easy to find the endless possibilities slightly overwhelming. Wondering where to start? CMLE has done that work for you! We’ve published a great deal about makerspaces, and want to share our wealth of knowledge! See below for ideas and inspiration, tools to use, and where to find makerspaces.


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CMLE’s Makerspace LibGuide

15854128181_5c4ec55106_kSometimes you just need an idea to get you started. Are you looking for Makerspace ideas? Then look no further than CMLE’s new Makerspace LibGuide! We’ve worked hard over the summer to finalize the lists and format them (not to overwhelm). Divided into 9 different categories, we’ve create lists of ideas that will hopefully get you and your library started! From Food to Programming its time to let the ideas flow!

This LibGuide sprang from our Makerspace Mania series where we talked about what is a Makerspace, Pinterest the Makerspace Resource, How Academic and Public Libraries are getting into the Makerspace movement and finally our call for your Makerspace ideas! You can check out the whole series now!

Did we miss a great Makerspace idea? Tell us about it! On the Libguide, just click on the green plus sign next to the Submit link in the Description box. Then we’ll add it to the list!


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Library As Idea Incubator?

Valerie EverettThomas Frey, famous futurist,  presented recently for the American Library Association at an event at the  Library of Congress about the Future of Libraries. Nothing like a futurist to get the creative juices flowing, and I found his blog post about library as “liquid network”, a breeding ground for future ideas, to be fascinating. I don’t have the logistics figured out, but as all types of librarians grapple with the role of the library in the future, this idea is novel. I think many of us can agree that libraries will certainly not be about warehousing books (they already are not).

Did you know that the Library of Congress has been archiving Twitter since 2010 and has more than 600 billion tweets to date? That seems a bit extreme, but what if libraries provided a “stable storehouse” of space  to gather creative ideas? And as Frey says, “It’s far less about where ideas come from and far more about where they go as they enter into our emerging ‘liquid networks’ ecosystem.” And as Frey points out, as we allow others to see cool ideas, it could spark new epiphanies otherwise never imagined! This idea would squarely position the library as catalyst in these liquid networks. What do you think, could it work?

See Thomas Frey’s post…..The Future Library–A Liquid Network for Ideas to read in deeper detail.

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