I am a frequent user of our excellent library system here in Los Angles — usually visiting our local branch about once a week to pick up and return books I have requested. I am also a big user of their eBook loans which download right to my iPhone, Kindle or computer. It is a great way to try out books before you buy or just indulge in new areas of knowledge that suddenly strike your interest.
A few weeks ago, as I was requesting a few other books, I decided to see what books were available on Makerspaces and Hackerspace. I came across 4 books and all of them are pretty good, even if they are a few years old. You might be able to request these books from your own library, too.
This is an excellent overview of the issues involved in creating and maintaining a makerspace, whether it is part of a library or a standalone operation. There is a discussion of design, funding, and management of the space as well as tools and applications that might be useful. A large section gives examples of existing library makerspaces and some case studies and wraps up with a selection of projects you can use in your own space.
Similar to the book above, this small volume details a host of existing makerspaces and management advice on how to operate your makerspace.
A great book which starts with some basic makerspace information but then presents an amazing collection of existing makerspace and 2-3 of their highest profile projects. By far the best of these 4 books, the information it provides on membership size, how each space is organized managerially, notes on square footage, dues, fees, and tools is very useful and allows easy comparison between the spaces and how you might organize your own.
The highlighted projects from each makerspace are shown and described in great detail and links are provided for further information, should you wish to pursue one of these projects. If you are looking for a little inspiration for your makerspace or personal projects, this book is sure to elicit more than a few ideas.
A different book from the others, this highlights a series of projects you can institute in your makerspace or classroom. It starts with a series of easy-to-create non-electronic projects and then moves on to simple paper circuits, coming, making your own physical musical instruments, simple circuits and wearable electronics, using the commercial products Maker Makes and littleBIts, 3D Printing and more. This is a great resource to help you get started and gives some direction to your initial makerspace educational efforts.
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** Many of these books may be available from your local library. Check it out!