Why is a makerspace important and why is it in the library? This is not just about making tools available but also about:
- creating accessible, entry-level opportunities for everyone on campus to make things (art, crafts, media, tech, prototypes, 3D models, etc) for work or fun
- nurturing interdisciplinary community, information sharing, and learning in an open space for all to design, create, invent, make, hack, & learn regardless of major or department
- teaching important 21st century skills- collaboration, problem-solving, design thinking, prototyping, experimentation, resilience (place to try and fail), multimodal literacies
How can faculty be involved?
- Give feedback – We’re interested in talking to faculty who teach or are interested in teaching making
- Do you have an assignment where students make something besides a paper or presentation? Would you like your students to have such an assignment? Partner with us on an assignment or project.
- Schedule a consultation or a class – introduce your students to making (whether through 3D printing or media or art) or experiment yourself.