ATG Book of the Week: Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians

makerspacesTitle: Makerspaces: A Practical Guide for Librarians (The Practical Guides for Librarians series)
Author: John J. Burke
Paperback: 
978-1442229679, $65;  eBook: 978-1-4422-2968-6 , $64.99

Imprint: Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]

“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.”

Review

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

 

About the Author:

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.

 

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