Facilitator: Chris Schlesselman, Applications and Sales Engineer for the Paton group
Note taker: Lorrita Ford, College of San Mateo Library
Participants were interested in learning more about makerspaces in general, sharing ideas for makerspace equipment, tools, and space planning for new or remodeled libraries.
Library Role/Rationale for Makerspace
- Test bed
- Space where it is OK to explore and not fail.
- Collaborative/Cross fertilizing space: Diverse across ages, programs, interests, status.
- Fosters collaboration with academic disciplines and other libraries
- Provide open access to “Making” culture.
- Promotion of “Citizen Science”
- Outreach: bring in new patrons
- Support Innovation
- Support Entrepreneurship
- Support for curriculum
- Support for Research
- Attractive Nuisance?
- Support for Basic Skills students who might not otherwise have exposure: level playing field.
- 3D printing
- Salsa Dancing
- Duct Tape Crafts
- Geodesic Domes from soda straws and brads
- Bicycle Lights
- Solar Cars
- Smart Phone Astrophotography
- Yarn bombing
- LED jack-o-lanterns
- Words-on-the move (magnetic poetry)
- Tool lending library
- Open Studio
- Recycling used Clothes into new fashion
- e-textiles- soft thread connected to battery unit
- MIT bicycle glove
- Holiday ornaments
- Open space in Library
- Enclosed room in Library
- Enclosed room outside of Library
- Student Clubs
- Academic Departments
- Career and Technical Programs
- 3D Printers
- Button making machines
- Arduino Kits
- SparkFun Kits
- Sewing Machines
- Power Drills
- 3D Scanners
- Craft supplies Paper
- Media Equipment
- Laser cutters
- Post it notes
- IT Department
- Library Funds
- Institution Innovation Grants
- External Grants
- Charging for access/services/materials
- Maker Faire and related resources: http://makerfaire.com/; http://makezine.com/,
- www.makershed.com/ , Mini Maker Faire: http://makerfaire.com/mini/
- Meyer Library Stanford: http://www.stanforddaily.com/2014/04/16/meyer-library-launches-new-community-operated-workplace/
- Stanford Product Realization Labs: https://productrealization.stanford.edu/
- College of San Mateo Makerspace: http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/makerspace.php
- Mt. Holyoke: http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~mstettne/5Clightning_talks/proposaldescriptions.html
- Mt Holyoke Button making Machine: Library, Information, and Technology Services purchased a button-making machine to support outreach and marketing initiatives. Has been used it at a variety of events. The button maker facilitates positive interactions with students, fostering an atmosphere of approachability and engagement, and has led to the distribution of hundreds of LITS-related buttons across campus. Vendor: http://www.americanbuttonmachines.com/
- Jet Propulsion Lab: https://beacon.jpl.nasa.gov/3d-printer
- University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 3D Printer: http://blogs.lib.unc.edu/news/index.php/2014/04/meet-the-makerbot-librarys-3-d-printer-at-carolina-maker-fair-april-24/
- Mountain View Public Library: http://mvplibrary.org/maker/
- MIT Fab Lab: http://www.fabfoundation.org/about-us/
- University of North Carolina: http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/spaces/makerspace
- 3D Printers and Resources:
- Paton Group (conference sponsor): http://www.patongroup.com/product-177-3D-Printers-Demo-Videos-Product_Overview.html
- 3D Printing files and software:
- 3D Scanner: http://www.nextengine.com/
- Many participants interested in learning about space planning for new and remodeled Libraries. Demand for use of space for more than books; patron inquiry’s about 3D printing.
- Projects can take a lot of time.
- How to run and support makerspaces an ongoing issue for many existing projects
- How to make makerspace sustainable over long term.
- How to get returns on investment (charge back for supplies? membership?)
- Space doesn’t have to be in the Library
- Makerspaces do not have to be exclusively “high tech”
- Hard to get sustainable support for staffing and maintaining equipment.
- Change is difficult: Sometimes integration of new project/program needs to be forced
- Retrofitting or repurposing existing space is often challenging or impossible due to ventilation and hazardous waste issues
- Ideation is needed in all fields – library a neutral collaborator
- Ask students what they want to make.. Simple beginnings often mature into more ambitious projects.
- In some cases will need to make a case and create demand
- There are natural ties to mechanical engineering, biological sciences
- Makerskpace can be an extension of the classroom or lab.
- Lots of funding available for “additive manufacturing” initiatives; especially for institutions.
- Start small and be successful.
- Money follows success.
- Maintain vision and effort: eventually project will turn the right heads
- Lots of concern about liability: Waivers/Insurance: What if someone gets hurt? Refuse to Print Policies? UNC state has a policy about printing.
- Making the case: use cases for needing to replicate – Protection of rare and vulnerable objects: Smithsonian project to print prototypes for research
- Raw .stl is not the most desirable output for 3D printing
- There are Makerspace Vans that visit locations: http://mobilemakerspace.com/
- Columbia University Library posts pictures of 3d print jobs: http://3dprint.cul.columbia.edu/?cat=8