library makerspace studies

Are you implementing, considering, or have considered adding a makerspace to your library? If so, and you are the type of person willing to give a half hour of your time (so far it’s taken 35 minutes on average for the interview) to the glories of science, I am seeking participants in a study.

NOTE: if you are in a larger community or not in Wisconsin, I’d still love to talk to you–I’m working on adjusting my IRB (Institutional Review Board) protocol slightly to add larger communities and non-Wisconsin ones, but that should be in place shortly.

ALSO NOTE: I’m be looking for case study libraries with makerspaces as well. If you think you’d be willing to host an ethnographic study for a week or two, please contact me. The ethnography study wouldn’t likely happen until next year, however.

Details are here:

STEAM handout


You are invited to participate in a study looking at makerspaces (actual, planned, or considered) in libraries.

The purpose of this research study is to query librarians who are either adding, have added, or have considered adding, a makerspace or other creative laboratory space to their public library. This study seeks to understand how librarians position makerspaces relative to the library’s mission, goals, and ethical guidelines. The objective of the study is support both scholarly understanding and library practice, especially in an environment with swiftly-changing technology and a call for libraries to innovate using that technology.

Approximately 40 subjects will participate in this study.  If you agree to participate, you will be asked to participate in an interview asking questions about makerspaces in libraries, intellectual freedom, and your library’s services.  This will take approximately 60 minutes of your time.

If you are:

  • A public librarian who has added or considered adding a makerspace to your library
  • Are willing to spend up to 1 hour in an interview
  •  Are in a WI community with fewer than 25,000 residents

Then you can participate in this research study.

The “STEAM: Science and Art Meet in Rural Library Makerspaces” study is by Principal Investigator Joyce Latham, PhD & Shannon Crawford Barniskis, doctoral student, UW Milwaukee School of Information Studies, IRB# 14.061.

For more information please contact Shannon Crawford Barniskis at crawfo55 at uwm dot edu. And feel forward to forward this information to whomever you think might be interested in participating.

I look forward to talking with you!


p.s. while I cannot offer you $ or anything for this study, please know that I’m a strong believer in networking and knowledge sharing–so I may be able to offer you a favor of a program, consultation, etc. in the spirit of such sharing–whether or not you participate.


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