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Refocusing mobile makerspace outreach efforts internally as professional development

Erich Purpur (University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA)
Tara Radniecki (University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA)
Patrick Tod Colegrove (University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA)
Chrissy Klenke (University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 21 March 2016




The purpose of this paper is to uninitiate new and non-traditional library resources, such as those commonly found in a makerspace, can often seem abstract, intimidating, or even unrelated to the library mission. The University of Nevada’s DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library set out to engage its on-campus library colleagues to increase awareness and understanding of the new technologies being offered in support of active learning and discovery.


The science and engineering library is experimenting with an ongoing series of inreach/outreach workshops that enable other library faculty and staff from across the greater library organization to experience their non-traditional services and resources. A first pop-up maker technology workshop took place in June 2015 and was composed of three sessions including an introduction to 3D printing and modeling, digital design literacies, and lendable technologies. A survey was distributed to attendees for feedback.


Anecdotal evidence suggest the event was successful, offering a potentially powerful mechanism for engaging and informing library staff about non-traditional resources and technology.


This outreach approach may prove valuable for other academic libraries to similarly create awareness of non-traditional resources and technologies among its colleagues.



Purpur, E., Radniecki, T., Colegrove, P.T. and Klenke, C. (2016), "Refocusing mobile makerspace outreach efforts internally as professional development", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 34 No. 1, pp. 130-142.



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