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Library Makerspaces: The Complete Guide

By: Theresa Willingham

Makerspaces in libraries amp up equitability by providing, in addition to books and internet access, access to tools and other creative resources. But there’s a process and significant backend work required to make them truly successful. Library Makerspaces: The Complete Guide (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) is a road map for libraries of any size, with any budget, seeking to redesign or repurpose space or develop maker style programming.

With contributions from Steve Willingham and Chuck Stephens, the book covers the development of makerspaces from the ground up, and includes information on design and budgeting, and helping staff and administrators learn about the technologies and processes involved.

It features guidance on:

  • Holding stakeholder discovery sessions for community-driven space and program development
  • Evaluating existing library spaces for the most cost-effective and user-friendly facilities design and programming
  • Asset mapping for developing community partnerships
  • Best practices from different types of library makerspaces in the United States and internationally
  • Sample budgets, inventories, and space plans
  • Risk management considerations
  • Programming recommendations and resources for a range of patrons from youth to seniors and business to hobby groups
  • Funding and in-kind support

Rowman & Littlefield, 2018
ISBN-13: 978-1442277403
ISBN-10: 1442277408

About the Author:
Terri Willingham is Executive Director of the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI), a Tampa based nonprofit dedicated to supporting academic achievement, economic development and the spirit of innovation through inspiring programs and active learning projects. FCDI annually hosts the K-12 STEAM Showcase event, ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, and is spearheading the development of the Tampa Bay Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Center (AMRoC). She is the former Regional Director for FIRST (youth robotics) in Central Florida, and was named a 2017 Lightning Community Hero in Tampa. Other publications include two books on health, and co-authorship of Makerspaces in Libraries (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). With her husband, Steve, Terri led the development of the 10,000 sq. ft. HIVE Makerspace at the John F. Germany Library in Tampa, in 2013, and has worked with other area libraries as a consultant, helping with makerspace programming and design. She believes strongly in the value of collaboration and the strength of mentor-based learning, through which she works to build capacity in local communities.

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