Think different, design better: using design thinking to create evolving makerspaces

Libraries are increasingly adding makerspaces and other collaborative, creative spaces to further their mission as participatory learning centers for communities. We outline how one library implemented a prototype mobile makerspace and used the design thinking method, popularized by IDEO and Stanford design school, to gather qualitative data to plan a makerspace program. Using this method, the library held events with a mobile makerspace kit, interviewed and observed users to discover the broad range of making activities they were engaged in and what they needed, brainstormed solutions, and made a final recommendation on plans for more permanent making facilities in the library. The authors will report on the design, implementation and assessment of the project, as well as the final recommendations and the use of the mobile maker kit in community-engaged making and learning.

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Location: Texas Ballroom Foyer Date: November 19, 2016 Time: 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm photo of Camille Andrews Camille Andrews photo of Sara E. Wright Sara E. Wright