Makerspaces are a fairly new phenomenon. Also referred to as hackerspaces or fablabs, makerspaces are collaborative workspaces, usually found in public libraries and schools, where people gather to create, invent and learn. Although not required, these spaces are known for having high-tech tools—3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines and more. But even the simplest of implements (like sewing machines or art supplies), when coupled with a maker mindset, creates a makerspace.
About 2,000 makerspaces exist around the world, many of which boast amazing success stories. What’s more, libraries and other civic institutions that are making way for makerspaces are bringing in new customers. According to a Pew® Internet survey, these types of spaces are attracting those who normally shy away from libraries. If your community or library is thinking about launching its own makerspace, keep reading for some steps to help you get started:
Makerspaces can be an innovative addition to your library’s service offerings. These DIY places are driving new traffic, fostering creativity and cultivating ingenuity. Whether a place to play or a place to learn, these spaces are gaining popularity. Will you take one on in your community?
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