Makerspaces in Practice: Successful Models for Implementation

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This volume is packed with programs and ideas you’ll be excited to implement at your own library. Learn what’s working (and what’s not) through first-hand perspectives on such topics as

  • survey results showing the most popular makerspace programs;
  • 6 common makerspace challenges and the solutions to meet them;
  • examples of successful local partnerships for public, academic, and school libraries;
  • establishing norms that encourage safety and peer learning;
  • meeting the needs of explorers, learners, and experts in your maker community; practical operational guidance, such as workflows for maintaining supplies like scissors, glue, and 3D printer filament;
  • hardware and software choices that improve accessibility;
  • new developments in 3D printers and modeling software;
  • cataloging and circulating maker kits for crafting, soldering, and other projects;
  • budgeting tips, including how to plan for ongoing operational costs;
  • measuring outcomes in public library makerspaces;
  • and future developments expected for library makerspaces and equipment.
ISBN: 978-0-8389-4805-7
Published: 2020
Publisher: ALA Editions

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