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Posts by Caitlin A. Bagley

Which 3D Printer is Right for Your Library?

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on March 8, 2013 - 9:38am

Choosing the right 3D Printer for your makerspace is a big financial commitment, and one that you’ll likely have to live with for some time. Below are a few of the more common machines with pros and cons to help you make your decision. Read More »


Jeff Sturges on libraries and makerspaces

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on February 15, 2013 - 1:32pm

On February 14, I talked with Jeff Sturges, Founder and Conductor of the Mt. Eliot Makerspace in Detroit, about makerspaces and libraries. Jeff and the Mt. Eliot Makerspace collaborate with the Detroit Public Library on their HYPE teen makerspace, featured in ALA TechSource’s December makerspace webinar. Here are highlights from the interview.

Caitlin Bagley: Why do you think makerspaces have suddenly become so important? Why now? Read More »


Are You Working on a Makerspace for Your Library?

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on January 7, 2013 - 10:11am

As I do preliminary research for my book on library makerspaces, I’m inspired by the spaces, programming, and collaboration that I’m seeing. I sense many more projects are out there and others in the works. If your library has a makerspace or is planning for one, I’d love to talk to you about it, and perhaps even include you in my book, Makers in the Library: Fostering Creativity and Invention (working title), to be published by the American Library Association in collaboration with the Library and Information Technology Association.

I have created a short survey learn about the technology and uses of makerspaces in all types of libraries. I hope the responses will reveal the common approaches and challenges. The book will feature profiles of selected library makerspace projects from a range of libraries. I recognize that projects are in various phases of development, but I’m eager to hear from each of you. Read More »


What is a Makerspace? Creativity in the Library

Submitted by Caitlin A. Bagley on December 20, 2012 - 12:06pm

Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of posts by Caitlin A. Bagley. Learn about the makerspace at Carnegie Public Library (Pittsburgh) in our free webinar Monday, January 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. Register.

I first heard of makerspaces when, as I sat in my office, a colleague called me over to see if I wanted to join a webinar on makerspaces. Listening over her shoulder, I heard phrases like DIY, and tools kept popping up. Not the usual web-based tools talked about in webinars, physical tools... y’know, wrenches and pliers? Real tools. I’ve always seen libraries as community centers for people to gather and work together, but this? It stretched my imagination. Read More »