MakerSpace 2.0: Retinkering the Public Library

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 to Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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Project Descriptions
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Public Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs, Library Programs
General Public | Museum/ISE Professionals
Computing and information science | Education and learning science | Engineering | General STEM | Technology
Westport Library Association, Inc.

Westport Library, with its partners, Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) and Connecticut State Library - Division of Library Development (CSL-DLD), and with SPARK! Consulting, will introduce a new model of maker space in libraries and a way to systematically integrate the culture of interactive "making" into the library profession. Westport will introduce a culture of innovation, while honoring the needs of more traditional libraries. There will be self-directed, hands-on maker experiences; maker workshops; and makers-in-residence who will support workshops and innovation labs on topics such as robotics, LED quilt creations, and tinkering with home electronics repairs. The library will also create Interactive Innovation Stations (iStations) to introduce people to the concepts and techniques of innovative thinking. It will be an environment where people can experiment, take calculated risks, and work collaboratively.

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Team Members

Bill DerryBill DerryPrincipal Investigator

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