Gallery Room 4: Equipment, Tools and Activities


What learning commons and makerspaces have in common are the equipment, tools, and activities needed in order to make up the space. One of the most popular devices is the 3D printer, but there are other innovative equipment, tools, and activities, that will help develop your learning commons or makerspace.  The idea is to have interesting and innovating materials or activities to encourage learning, tinkering, and collaboration. Learning commons and makerspaces are the future; there is a responsibility for libraries and museums to understand what materials and activities are going to be necessary for their space. The following sources will provide some insight on how learning commons and makerspaces integrate equipment, tools, and activities in order to develop new skills.

 by Adriana

SPLdigital_media_lab“The Skokie Public Library’s state-of-the-art media lab lets patrons get creative with technology.”
Another great example of allowing patrons to use technology to move into a more creative role. (Scott)

A Beginner’s Guide to 3D Printing: 14 Simple Toy Designs to Get You Started
By Mike Rigsby, 2014, Chicago Review Press (Book)

A step by step resource for designing 3D projects with free design software. (Ssi)

Encyclopedia of Electronic Components: Signal Processing – LEDs, LCDs, Audio, Thyristors, Digital Logic, Amplification By Charles Platt with Fredrik Jansson, 2015,  Makermedia (Book)
Part 2 of a 3 volume encyclopedia set with instructions on using and creating electronic components.  Contains an overview of the applications for each type of component with helpful diagrams, and photographs of projects. (Sisi)

Learning commons Elizabeth Rummel School (2011)
Video provides an upfront accounting of workings that can go on in a LearningCommons in an elementary/junior high school setting. (Lucy)

  • Johnston Heights Learning Commons Virtual Tour (2013)

Discusses the different activities that are done in their learning commons. (Lucy)

SERVICES_I-Street-PressThe Sacramento Public Library created a “community writing and publishing center,” which you can see here:
Another example of the “disintermediation” of publishing.  It does raise questions about quality and curation, but the question is whether libraries can step in and fill those roles.  (Scott)

“Califa Lands $325,000 in Funding for Ebook Ownership Project; Deal Close With Smashwords.”
And more:
Notable not only as an example of libraries moving into self-publishing, but also showing their increasing desire to allow their patrons access to a growing number of titles not available from traditional publishers.  I think part of the concept of learning commons/maker spaces is moving the patron from passive consumer of information into a more active role, even creating information him or herself. (Scott)

Interview With Leslie Preddy, Author Of School Library Makerspaces, 6-12
An interview with a a school librarian and author and her experience with makerspaces. Of course Preddy discusses the meaning of makerspace and what they mean to student life. In addition, she describes her makerspace at her library from how it all started to what she hopes for in the future. Preddy further discusses what it takes to have a makerspace, whether through donations, grants, visiting the recycling center or through other means in order to get funding. This interview is great to get an inside look on what it like as a school librarian with a makerspace with a great advice and tips.  (Adriana)

Action Potential Lab (interview with Lisa Carrie Goldberg and website link)
In this interview founder the of Action Potential Lab Lisa Carrie Goldberg discusses how it all started. With a passion for art and science she founded a place for children and adults to interact with another using art and science. In addition, Goldberg further describes her lab and how the lab itself lend itself for creativity and with attention to organization and hygienic. (Adriana)

Tinkerspace: Library Learning Commons (interview with Shannon Hyman)
Same host website as posted above by Adriana, but a different story of a learning commons made special to children in a school library. This is a wonderful story about how a school library decided to do something different for its students and wanted more of an innovative approach to how the students learned in the library, rather than a traditional one.  Students work independently but share their ideas with each other. (Rachel)

Introduction to Brooklyn Public Library’s Info Commons– A video tour

Another video about that discusses the equipment and tools that the library provides. In addition there is a short segment, where they use the green screen to talk about the library’s services and benefits of the learning commons. (Adriana)

Successful Implementation of Makerspaces, Maker Mania by Melissa Malon (2014)
“Makerspaces are dedicated areas designed for people to collaborate on projects; often, they also include the necessary materials and equipment for the design and building of projects. While makerspaces have been around for several years, they are becoming more popular than ever in academic libraries. The resources reviewed in this column include examples of successful makerspaces.”
Mallon, M. (2014). Maker Mania. Public Services Quarterly, 10(2), 115-124.

Makerspace: Is It Right for Your Library?
What is a makerspace? What are some kinds of makerspace activities? How do you know if it’s right for your library? How do you tailor your activities to meet your demographics interests and/or physical spaces? How to you make connections to support operating a makerspace? [59:02]

The Library of the Future
How the makerspace works at her library for people young and old. Overview of activities, including oral histories and 3D printing. Beaufort County Library, South Carolina. [07:13]

Equipment Resource Guide, Maker Mania by Melissa Malon (2014)
Provides good sources for purchasing makerspace equipment.
Mallon, M. (2014). Maker Mania. Public Services Quarterly, 10(2), 115-124.

Teen Experts Guide to Makerspaces by Colleen Graves (2014)
Provides examples of teens selecting and coordinating makerspace equipment and activities.
Graves, C. g. (2014). Teen experts guide: makerspace makeover. Knowledge Quest, 42(4), 8-13.

Learning Commons – Transforming Learning and Scholarship
This site provides information on steps necessary to design and develop a learning commons. It includes information on suggestions of the kinds of furniture, equipment and staffing necessary for a successful learning commons (Lucy)

From Library to Learning Commons Slideshare
This slideshare shows the step by step process undertaken by Valerie Diggs of the Chelmsford High School in Chelmsford, MA as they worked to convert their campus library into a learning commons. Throughout the presentation, she talks about the various ways a learning commons can be used to enhance student learning and staff development. (Lucy)

From Library To Learning Commons.Ny.Slideshare from valeriediggs


Supporting Zine Creation in Makerspaces Slideshare

Click on notes to read narration and view citations.

Supporting Zine Creation in Makerspaces from Sisi Medina



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