Makerspaces have evolved from hackerspaces and Maker Faires. Defining a makerspace can be somewhat difficult due to the differences among spaces and activities, but the emphasis is on creating with technology. STEM education (science, technologly, engineering, math) has been quick to embrace these spaces and technologies, but it is important to stress that makerspaces are not for STEM activities only. Jeff Sturges of Detroit’s Mt. Elliott Makerspace said in ALA TechSource’s December 3 makerspace webinar, “Beyond engineering and STEM, this is about creating creative people.” He’s absolutely right. The maker movement in libraries is about teaching our patrons to think for themselves, to think creatively, and to look for do-it-yourself solutions before running off to the store. In short, a makerspace is a place where people come together to create with technology.
So who uses makerspaces?
Anyone! Already libraries of all types have found a way to create makerspaces. Most of these early makerspaces are in public libraries, each with a different focus, some working only with children, and others with adults. Early experiences show that the potential users of makerspaces are not limited to a specific demographic. (taken from: http://www.alatechsource.org/blog/2012/12/what-is-a-makerspace-creativity-in-the-library.html)