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Making It At Cornell University Library: Developing the CUL Makerspace

“Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative . . . spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn… ” Kroski (2013) http://oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-librarians-guide-to-makerspaces/

Why in a library?

  • Library is already a place of knowledge creation
  • New technology and new educational curricula break down distinction between thinking, writing and creating physical things

General Findings

  • Users in specific programs, classes, organizations already had access to existing makerspaces
  • Usually with expert staffing
  • Possible open ‘niche’ in the ‘market’ for a makerspace for introductory, non-specialist audience

Current Offerings

  • Library staff and student staffing
  • Space for workshops, class visits, and discussion
  • Six 3D printers (several different models)
  • Two sewing machines
  • Four desktop computers with design software
  • Virtual reality experimentation room
Button Making
Button Making
Microelectronics kits & introductory workshops
Microelectronics kits & introductory workshops
3D printers, including 5 with dual-filament printing heads
3D printers, including 5 with dual-filament printing heads
Virtual reality room
Virtual reality room
Staffed Information Desk
Staffed Information Desk
3D Printing
3D Printing
Meeting and display space
Meeting and display space

Interested in learning more? Come to the CUL Makerspace in Mann Library 112.

Regular hours during academic year: Monday thru Thursday, 2 PM to 7 PM.

 

Questions? Visit us at http://makerspace.library.cornell.edu/.

 

Thanks to: Camille Andrews, Devin Sanera, Tobi Hines, Sara Wright, J. McKee