Resources for #makerspaces via #hyperlibMOOC

Ironically, this week’s Module for #hyperlibMOOC is all about Creation Culture. So, instead of repeating what has already been so eloquently listed & shared, I’ll just add the link so you can check out all the great resources + links + video lecture from Michael Stephens.

I will repeat the quote from Cory Doctorow, “Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heavenBoing Boing :

“Public libraries have always been places where skilled information professionals assisted the general public with the eternal quest to understand the world.”

Community is key #makerspace

I am thrilled to see the following two articles relating to #makerspaces (thanks @sallyheroes for sharing).

Community is Key to Successful Library Maker Spaces | The Digital Shift 2013

Make it @ your library website launches, connecting librarians with makerspace projects and DIY resources | ALA

I have thoroughly learning about & exploring ideas related to #makerspaces during October 2013. Makerspaces can happen. Makerspaces will happen. The key ingredient? Community.

Making the effort to get up early for #makerspace online session

Despite not being at my best in the early hours of the morning, I managed to get up just before 5am on Wednesday 15 October 2013, make coffee & eventually got into the online session The Library as Makerspace by Kristin Fontichiaro, which was part of the Connected Librarians Day 2013. My tech troubleshooting skills at 5am are not brilliant, but I persevered.

It did make for an awfully early start on a work day, but it was *so* worth being there for the live event. Being in a virtual space with other enthusiastic people sharing their experiences, and seeing what is possible for #makerspaces, was awesome.

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Investigating #collaborative spaces

Last month I put a call out on Twitter for NZ libraries about #makerspaces or #fixerspaces.

Several positive responses led to interesting offline discussions, sparking more ideas & conversations. I’m fascinated by the whole notion of #collaborative spaces, and what role(s) librarians & libraries can/will/could/should play.

So for the rest of October 2013, I will be researching, exploring, collating, collecting, sharing, #fizzing about collaborative spaces – be they labelled participatory spaces, maker spaces, fixer spaces, collective spaces – shared places where people & ideas come together, to make stuff happen.

Round-up for September 2013

A couple of days overdue on the September monthly review post, this round-up post has snuck into October instead.

The discussions sparked off by the series of posts about #mentoring have been great.

There’s plenty more discussions to be had to build on initial ideas – investigating the place of formal vs. informal mentoring, mentoring up & down, creating wider support networks for new grads, creating stronger support networks for first-time submitters for publication. It’s also sparked off ideas of how different approaches to mentoring might suit our diverse GLAM communities, and how we can make that happen.

I’m in the process of putting together my application to join up as a mentor for LIANZA’s formal mentoring programme – fingers crossed I will be accepted, and also that some new grads might actually want me as a mentor!

I’ve really enjoyed the conversations that these #mentoring discussions has sparked, & I’ve made new connections as a result. #win