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Q&A: Makerspaces, Media Labs and Other Forums for Content Creation in Libraries

From the ALA:

Statement of Purpose: This Q&A can be used as a guide by libraries as they create policies for makerspaces or other content creation forums within their facilities. It is not intended to be a template for such policies but rather a source for answers to questions that are likely to be asked as libraries formulate content creation policies. This document should not be construed as legal advice but may serve as insight as to when a library may need to seek legal advice.

Is a library really an appropriate space for hands on creative activities? 

Historically libraries have often included in their functions the creation, as well as the preservation and dissemination, of content in many different formats.  Libraries have supported and encouraged scholars, writers, inventors, artists and artisans, and provided study rooms, carrels, meeting, exhibit and performance spaces, as well as tools and equipment for individual and group use.

Providing 3D printers and other tools and technology in makerspaces, tech labs, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) or STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) labs, media labs, exhibit and performance venues, as well as other physical and virtual spaces for creative endeavors, is only the latest manifestation of the library’s natural role in encouraging and facilitating the creativity and ingenuity of its community of users. Continue reading Q&A: Makerspaces, Media Labs and Other Forums for Content Creation in Libraries

"MaKey MaKey" for Makerspaces

Banana keyboard
Image courtesy of MakeyMakey.com

At the recent MEMO Conference, I saw adults during an unconference discussion circle literally explode with excitement when they were talking about their “makey makey” kits and what they had done with them. It was hard to get a coherent thought out of the group for a while! Basically, they were talking about feeling alive and having fun while “smashing” electronics and everyday objects. It seems that lots of schools and libraries have been trying these kits out, and the students love it! Example: Build a piano keyboard with bananas! If you are interested in learning more about the maker movement, and makey-makey kits, check out the following links! Oh, and if you watch the Jay Silver TED Talk below (you really must), fasten your seatbelts!

Note: Makey Makey is based on research at the MIT Media Lab.