Maker Spaces in Museums and Libraries

Workshop LeadersNini Beegan, Carroll County Division of Library Development & Services; Lisa Brahms, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh; David E. Kanter, New York Hall of Science; AnnMarie Thomas, Maker Education Initiative

There is an explosion of interest among museums and libraries in “making” environments. In response to changing public expectations and the changing civic and educational roles (and potential) of museums and libraries, these institutions are leveraging their resources, collections, and public trust to strengthen commu­nity-based learning, particularly for critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and engagement in STEM. Maker spaces allow visitors a place to pursue their own interests in building things (physical or virtual) and to collaborate and share with one another.  This workshop will provide an overview of the maker movement; give examples of maker spaces in museums and libraries; and provided resources for those considering development of such a space in their own institutions.