After three years of qualitative research in library makerspaces one thing is clear, no maker learning space is the same as another. Some are fixed in a library space, while others are mobile. Some have an artistic theme, while others have a STEM or technology brand. One visited makerspace was integral to an entire high school, while many others were just getting started. Through photoethnography, librarian, student, and educator interviews, as well as researcher journaling, this presentation will focus on the variety of opportunities offered by makerspaces in libraries around the world as well as the challenges, successes, and practicalities that librarians face when offering these services in their libraries. School, public, and academic library makerspaces will be included in this session with a special emphasis on their integration, curricula, and projects. Participants will leave with an understanding that no two makerspaces are the same as well as many ideas for maker implementation and real world knowledge in how maker learning locations are being implemented in countries around the world.
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina