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University Libraries will expand Makerspace offerings

Photo of entrance to Jackson LibraryThe University Libraries have received a grant for just under $30,000 from LSTA funds administered by the State Library to expand training in the use of Makerspaces such as the one in Jackson Library.

The rapid evolution of consumer-grade fabrication technology has led to substantial interest in makerspaces within the library setting, but librarians are often left to manage these resources with little support or training. As the demand for maker-related resources increases, librarians serving in both the academic and public setting will be expected to be able to manage, handle and repair these cutting-edge resources. Librarians will also be expected to coordinate patrons’ needs with new innovative technologies, to research and present on trends in a rapidly-changing pedagogical environment, and to do so within the context of methods which depend heavily on trial and error.

This grant goal is to cultivate a relationship between librarians and makerspaces. The grant team includes Michelle Folkman, an LIS graduate student and information creative who acts as our research and curriculum coordinator; Brown Biggers, server administrator; and Beth Filar Williams, liaison to the UNCG Library and Information Studies Department. Working with UNCG’s LIS department the grant aims to provide experiential education and training to these graduate students in order to meet the growing demand for maker-related resources found in any library setting.

Full story at http://uncgfol.blogspot.com/2014/09/university-libraries-receives-grant-to.html