MAKERSPACES IN LIBRARIES
The world around us is rapidly changing. New technological developments are constantly coming our way and bring a lot of possibilities.
We look at our technological development with amazement or start working on it ourselves. There are also dangers as in every new development. The speed and huge amount of information, especially with the arrival of the internet, sometimes leaves people confused.
Fortunately, the library is there to fulfill its important social role: Making information, culture and lifelong learning accessible. This access in a safe context enables us to exercise our democratic rights and play an active role in society.
In addition to the traditional range, more and more libraries are investing in manufacturing sites to offer extra social value and "empowerment" to its community. In these manufacturing places people get started with digital fabrication to make things themselves. This new kind of digital literacy is essential to ensure the entire society benefits from the new digital age. We want to bridge the digital divide.
WHAT IS A MAKERSPACE?
FABLIB: FABRICATION LIBRARY
Many library staff, visitors, local authorities, ... are already convinced of the great added value of a makerspace in the library, but often remain stuck in the practical implementation of this by the multitude of possibilities and information. With FabLib, we want to lower the threshold for libraries to set up a makerspace by offering appropriate devices, bundling relevant information in a clear way, training staff / volunteers, programming of make activities and providing maintenance. In short, you can contact us with all your questions regarding the start-up and running of a makerspace.
EQUIPMENT // What’s in the FabLib package?
We carefully selected the following tools for the FabLib package because of their usability, quality and characteristics fitting the library environment (limited space, little noise, no dust, ...).
Scan any image or sketch, then precisely cut the shapes or outlines. You can use a lot of different materials so that you can have your own design on your favorite stuff like laptop, clothing, bike, ...
The 3D printer is by far the most intriguing machine in the FabLib package. It allows you to go from a 3D file (that you design yourself, or download from tons of online libraries) to a tangible 3D object..
The Laser cutter is definitely the most used machine in any makerspace. Designs made in 2D can be cutted, engraved or rasterized in wood, acrylic, cardboard and textile.
The Sewing machine is perhaps the coolest maker machine avant la lettre. Making things with textile and leather just gives tremendous possibilities, especially in combining it with the other tools.
With our offer for digital prototyping we give people the tools to make interesting prototypes and in a playful way develop digital skills and gain understanding on digital technologies and programming.
SUPPORT // How can we support you?
In addition to the right equipment, we also offer the appropriate support to successfully start a makerspace and to maintain it in a sustainable way.
Not only do we provide qualitative learning material that enables library staff and visitors to work independently. We also offer a 3 day training program in which library staff (from management to front office) is prepared to run a FabLib in a successful way.
The following topics are, among other things, discussed in the 3 days training program:
The what and why of a fablib
Introduction to the FabLib concept, digital fabrication and open design principles. What is the significance and added value of makerspaces in relation to the library and the broader cultural heritage sector?
How to use the equipment
Based on a number of exercises, participants learn to work with the software and machines. At the end of the module they will be able to work independently in a FabLib and guide visitors and customers in a FabLib in the use of the facilities.
How to put up a fablib and how to maintain
How to get started with programming of FABLIB activities adapted to the local context.
THE FABLIB COMMUNITY
Who are we?
FabLib originated from the shared ambition between Frysklab (Bibliotheekservice Fryslân) and FabLab Factory to provide good services for libraries with a makerspace. The content and experience that FabLab Factory and FryskLab developed throughout the years are brought together in FabLib. This way a complete, qualitative process can be offered, with attention for strategic planning, programming of activities, technical support for employees and maintenance of machines.
Making is all about working together locally and being connected globally. For the FabLib training and technical support we believe in the strength of collaboration with local partners. Through cooperation with a growing amount of local partners we can guarantee the best services and alignment with local needs.