Lynn, MA: Lynn Public Library Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP Philadelphia, PA: Maker Jawn Portland, OR: Rockwood Library makerspace (Multnomah County Library) San Francisco, CA: The Mix at SFPL Thornton, CO: Anythink Libraries Billings, MT: TECH Lab

Understanding the Post-Emergent Phase of a Makerspace

Creating and starting a makerspace is an exciting venture; you build a team and purchase new equipment. There are a lot of resources (people and articles) that describe how emergent makerspaces can get off the ground. Once your makerspace has been open for a few years, you begin to experience challenges that are distinctly different from those start-up challenges, and there are very few, if any, resources that describe what this new, “post-emergent” phase entails. Read the rest »

Billings, MT: TECH Lab Lynn, MA: Lynn Public Library Philadelphia, PA: Maker Jawn Pittsburgh, PA: The Labs @ CLP

Moving Past Start-Up: Supporting Library Makerspaces Over Time

A group of YOUmedia makerspaces band together to innovate and support library makerspaces facing the opportunities and challenges distinctive to the middle, “post-emergent” years.

The start-up phase of any project is often the most heady—long hours, innovative breakthroughs, visionaries with big ideas. Read the rest »