Maryland: Libraries Hope ‘Maker Spaces’ Make a Difference
Skip Auld, executive director of Anne Arundel County Library System, said creating “maker spaces” for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, tech geeks and other tinkerers could be good for county libraries as they try to rise from the bottom of a ranking recently issued by the Library Journal.
Auld is already giving individual branches the option of setting aside maker spaces and other resources if they have space. None has been set up so far.
He was among more than 100 librarians, educators and others at the West County Regional Library in Odenton on Wednesday for a Maker Meetup. Sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education, the event was a discussion of creating work spaces and other resources for hobbyists.
One example of how maker space in public libraries could benefit communities is the relationship between South River High School and the library system’s Edgewater Branch. The high school is one of two in the county which has a special program focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.
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