Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook

Academic journal article Reference & User Services Quarterly

The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook

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The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook. Edited by Ellyssa Kroski. Chicago: ALA, 2017. 400 p. Paper $85 (ISBN 9780-8389-1504-2).

For those starting up a new library makerspace or those already managing one, this book offers advice to managers and staff on the logistics of running a library makerspace and discusses the requisite interpersonal skills for employees of such facilities. Divided into three parts, this book is organized chronologically, following the progression from creating to operating to sustaining a library makerspace. It addresses both the quotidian and the conceptual, from day-to-day operations to effective pedagogy, and ends with thoughts on the future of library makerspaces.

Beginning with the definition of a makerspace and how this can vary depending on the type of library that hosts it, this book covers public, academic, and K-12 libraries, introducing readers to a broad spectrum of library makerspace models. Equipment lists for all budget sizes and technological foci are included. Part 1 emphasizes the importance of communication with the space's users to learn which tools and programming are most useful and appropriate for them while encouraging a diverse, radically inclusive library makerspace culture. …

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