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The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook
Edited by Ellyssa Kroski
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1504-2
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $85.00
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400 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1504-2
Year Published: 2017
AP Categories: A, C, I, X

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Library makerspaces continue to thrive, drawing new patrons in and engaging them as never before. This hands-on sourcebook edited by technology expert Kroski includes everything libraries need to know about the major topics, tools, and technologies relevant to makerspaces today. Packed with cutting edge instruction and advice from the field's most tech-savvy innovators, this collection
  • leads librarians through how to start their own makerspace from the ground up, covering strategic planning, funding sources, starter equipment lists, space design, and safety guidelines;
  • discusses the transformative teaching and learning opportunities that makerspaces offer, with tips on how to empower and encourage a diverse maker culture within the library;
  • delves into 11 of the most essential technologies and tools most commonly found in makerspaces, ranging from 3D printers, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and wearable electronics to CNC, Legos, drones, and circuitry kits; and
  • includes an assortment of project ideas that are ready to implement.
As useful for those just entering the “what if” stage as it is for those with makerspaces already up and running, this book will help libraries engage the community in their makerspaces.
Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Part I    Creating the Library Makerspace

Chapter 1    How to Start a Library Makerspace
Cherie Bronkar

Chapter 2    Pedagogy and Prototyping in Library Makerspaces
Laura Costello, Meredith Powers, and Dana Haugh

Chapter 3    Encouraging a Diverse Maker Culture
Amy Vecchione, Deana Brown, Gregory Brasier, and Ann Delaney

Chapter 4    Safety and Guidelines in the Library Makerspace
Kevin Delecki

Part II        Makerspace Materials, Tools, and Technologies

Chapter 5    A Librarian’s Guide to 3D Printing
Bohyun Kim

Chapter 6    Raspberry Pi for Librarians
Stephen M. Tafoya

Chapter 7    Arduino for Librarians
Jonathan M. Smith

Chapter 8    LilyPad, Adafruit, and More: Wearable Electronics for Libraries
Megan Egbert

Chapter 9    Google Cardboard for Librarians
Tom Bruno

Chapter 10    Legos in the Library
Megan Lotts

Chapter 11    littleBits, Makey Makey, Chibitronics, and More: Circuitry Projects for Libraries
Wendy Harrop

Chapter 12    Computer Numerical Control in the Library with Cutting and Milling Machines
Rob Dumas

Chapter 13    Robotics in Libraries
Antonia Krupicka-Smith

Chapter 14    Drones in the Library
Chad Mairn and Kristi Seferi

Chapter 15    Library Hackerspace Programs
Chad Clark

Part III    Looking Ahead

Chapter 16    Mobile Makerspaces
Kim Martin, Mary Compton, and Ryan Hunt

Chapter 17    Sustainability: Keeping the Library Makerspace Alive
Sharona Ginsberg

Chapter 18    The Future of Library Makerspaces
Eric Johnson

About the Editor

Ellyssa Kroski
is Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute, as well as an award-winning editor and author of 35 books, including Law Librarianship in the Digital Age, for which she won the AALL’s 2014 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Her ten-book technology series The Tech Set won ALA’s Best Book in Library Literature Award in 2011. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. Her professional portfolio is located at

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