The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook

, ed. 388p. illus. index. ALA Editions. Feb. 2017. pap. $85. ISBN 9780838915042.
In this hands-on sourcebook, Kroski (director, information technology, New York Law Institute; Law Librarianship in the Digital Age) has collected articles from librarians in public and academic libraries about the major topics, technologies, and tools involved in maker spaces—and why libraries should host them. Librarians are taking an active part in the production of information, offering tools and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) skills to patrons. Articles about pedagogy and philosophy provide a foundation for step-by-step advice on how to start a maker space: planning, funding, equipment, space limitations, and safety training. Essential technologies and tools are addressed, including robotics, drones, and wearable electronics. However, a 3-D printer or laser cutter is not for everyone; local demand and interests change over time. The volume presents an assortment of program ideas for all ages and skill levels; projects such as LED fabric bookmarks and cuff bracelets will particularly appeal to beginners. Staff looking to familiarize themselves with tools such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Makey Makey will find a satisfying amount of information here.
VERDICT For librarians considering a maker space or for those who already have one, this helpful selection covers all aspects of planning and implementation.

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