Share Paper: Makerspaces as sociotechnical system: Introducing Pre-service Librarians to Making

  1. Joe Sanchez, Queens College, United States

Abstract: The ideas of learning by doing, observational learning, social modeling, problem-based learning and peer learning are not new. Yet, these constructivist ideas have been paired with electronics, 3D printers and other digital crafting tools as the new, next best thing-- makerspaces. Partnered conceptually with STEM, these spaces have been implemented in schools, universities, and more recently, libraries. As of 2016, there are 428 public library facilities that offer 3D printing services as part of a makerspace (Lichaa &Wapner, 2016). This paper wrestles with the idea of how to prepare pre-service librarians to support makerspaces and maker concepts in their profession ...