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Mak(ing) Spaces: Perspectives from a Small rural academic library

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Kaetrena Kendrick

on 17 May 2016

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Transcript of Mak(ing) Spaces: Perspectives from a Small rural academic library

Mak(ing) Space:
Perspectives from a Small Rural Academic Library
Rebecca Freeman, USC Lancaster
Kaetrena Davis Kendrick, USC Lancaster
Makerspaces, AKA: Hackerspaces (hackspaces) or Fabrication Labs (Fablabs)
A gathering location for making and creating anything
Traditionally combines elements of computer science, engineering, and design
Has expanded to include crafting and decorative arts
Users share skills, knowledge and ideas and often collaborate on projects
Offer opportunities for personal, community, and business/economic development
lead the movement in academia
expanded opportunities
tweaked projects
created resources and best practices
No established budget
No dedicated space(s)
No frame of reference on campus or in community
Existing outreach program
Past successes
Supportive library administration
Willing campus administration
have unique challenges
- perception/branding
- funding
- staff
- participation
2 year unit of USC System (offering 4 year degrees virtually; 2 on campus)
Small (~1,800 students)
Rural (Pop: 9,045 in 2013 (City of Lancaster)
Serves Lancaster, Chester, Kershaw, and York counties (potential to include Monroe and south Mecklenberg (NC))
Public library: 2 branches (1 is main branch)
established budget
program integration
increased attendance
creation of campus culture
increased interactions
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