- Kristin Fontichiaro in Library 2020. Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library. Edité par Joseph Janes. Lantham: Scarecrow Press, 2013. Page 12.
«In this short space, we’ve drawn parallels between the growing popularity of makerspace culture and the metaphorical potential it holds for rethinking libraries in the post-e-book era.
Am I advocating that libraries become woodshop spaces, buzzing with drill presses and lathes, slathered in sawdust? No. (…)
But should libraries continue the decades-long transformation from being places that host stuff to places that host experiences? Absolutely. We have had knitting clubs and sewing groups in our libraries for some time now without being accused that such social hobbies are taking down the library-as-institution. If we allow knitting needles into our libraries, surely we want to extend similar privileges for all hobbyists so we do not accidentally create library programming that merely mirrors our interests. Many libraries are looking into becoming actual small-scale makerspaces, purchasing 3-D printers for drop in use and holding workshops on using 3-D microcontrolers. These activities have a small footprint that brings new partners and new patrons into the library. They are valuable, low cost additions to a library’s budget. For example, an Arduino microcontroller costs around $25, and a Raspberry Pi microcomputer costs around $35, very close to the price of a single library book! Who needs to feel an ownership in our physical space so they vote yes for the next millage? Who is our untapped community?
But it’s more than makerspace stuff. It’s about ambiance. A makerspace culture has the potential to do much more by inspiring libraries to envision themselves as places where all citizens feel welcome bringing their individual visions of creating and sharing. When librarians embrace each patrons as a creator of his or her own future and themselves as partners in that future, an incredible synchronicity is ignited.
I can’t wait for 2020.»