a brief definition of library makerspaces

that has emerged from my research so far:

A public library makerspace is any participatory creative space that is open for the free use of all library patrons to interact with at will, irrespective of the types of workshops, tools, staffing, materials created, or location.

The users participate in these collaborative spaces to create anything they like, within the affordances of the space. The spaces may be “pop-up” makerspaces such as Madison’s Bubbler, contained within carts or shelves and spread on empty tables as needed; discrete, dedicated spaces such as Fayetteville’s Fab Lab; or even separate locations, such the Allen County library makerspace trailer in the library parking lot. The key points of this definition are: free, participatory, and creative. Everything else is a detail to be negotiated according to the needs of the community.


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