Makerspaces in Libraries: Play, Discovery, and Collegiality

Jess Whyte


This work is an ethnography describing initial findings from a pilot study of makerspaces in two suburban Ontario public libraries. Methods used include participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and material or object probes (a modification of photo elicitation). Preliminary findings focus on how patrons or participants use these spaces, and are accompanied by recommendations based on those findings. Recommendations include the reduction of structure in order to make space for play and collegiality and the facilitation of discovery by making materials or equipment visible and accessible. 

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