Themes 2015

Makerspaces -the new black in libraries?

Roll with a veteran and explore the multitude that makes up engaging co-creation hubs both in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. For the last 2 years I’ve been heading up an effort to run library related programs as a project to explore the relevance between libraries and makerspaces. We’ve played with information and copyright. Changed the digital and physical function of the libraries by providing a change for the public to ”Hack YOUR library”. Empowering librarians to change their facilities. Creating engaging learning tracks in corporation with schools.

”Get a 3D printer and save the library!” I hope we’re not quite there yet. At times though it seems like we look at technology as the sole source towards saving libraries. Well if you get a machine what is there to save ? To be completely honest most 3D printers, about 90% of the ones I see, and I do see a lot. Makes me ponder, we’re talking about a 30 year old technology that’s mostly becomme relevant due to a drastic lowering of price and a fascination with Startrek. The types of 3D printers most libraries acquire are a simple FFF-models which are basically a gluegun controlled by a computer, they all utilize the same technology as a 3rd grader making a clay bowl in arts and crafts- by rolling sausages of clay and putting them on top of each other. That being said, there is a saving grace for these machines they all make use of digital design files. From a information specialist point of view that is a huge grace, it’s what makes for exploring how we perceive the world, cooperate and transition from information to relevant knowledge. Very ethereal, I know but I’ve taken 5 points with me where makerspaces and libraries makes sense together.

* PR.
* Informationskills in context.
* Community building and incoorporating volunteers.
* Sustainability and understanding the world around you. Democratizing technology.
* Stemlearning vs. informal inspiration.

I’ll be happy to share my thoughts about both libraries, makerspaces, FabLabs and even the mix of them during the tour. We’ll also be providing the opportunity to have yourselves 3D scanned for future print. As we’ve been sponsored an I-sense 3D-scanner I’ll set-up a 3D-selfiebooth when ever it’s convenient. The scanning can be used as a part of chesspieces workshop we’ve been instruction scores of librarians and teaches how to conduct. So not only do you get yourself in 3D you’ll also have the chance to learn a new skill!

During the trip we’ll be visiting the innovative hubs amongst others: Fellesverstedet, OsloCollaboratory, Gothenburg, IVA, Aalborg & Dokk1, Aarhus.

Team New Nordic- FabLabster Rasmus

 

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