Started from around 2005, Maker culture has grown into a global trend in the past decade. The success of this technological innovation trend is facilitated by global Makerspaces and Maker Faires, the physical presence of Maker culture. Previous studies show that the management and organization of Makerspaces is not simply copied to other regions and countries. When moving to other areas of the world, Maker culture combines with local needs and develops local Maker culture.
This research project intends to find out how does maker culture form the system of integrating with local culture while keeping the essence of technology-facilitated innovative DIY. This question will be examined through the lens of Makerspaces by studying how their management and development successfully meet user interests in and needs for the physical space, glue local maker community, and thus, gain sustainable development.
Interview and survey will be used to answer this question. Interview will be conducted to headquarter organizers on their interaction with local Makerspaces; interview will be conducted with local Makerspace organizers to examine their decision-making process; survey will be sent out to Makerspace users to assess the reflection of the space management, and if / how they can participate in shaping the space.
This project is still in progress. The findings will be presented on the poster as system model with images representing each step and graphs reflecting interaction between different steps of developing local Maker culture. Project introduction and summary will be fleshed out with statistics.
This project is still in progress. I am getting very interesting data and really hope to get a chance to share at ALA. Will be open to make minor adjustment of the content if needed. Thank you.
Business Data Services Librarian
Georgia State University