What’s in the Box?
The Promise of Library Maker Culture

Markham Public Library
Technology Staff Conference - 2015

Gabby Resch / Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

"What's in that Black Box?"

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Themes

  • Library "Making"
  • Microelectronics Hacking
  • 3D Design and Printing
  • Hackathons
  • (Critical)Information Literacy
  • Related Research Projects

Library Making

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Electronics Hacking

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3D printing

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Hackathons

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Critical Information Literacy

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Critical Making Lab

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DIY Mesopotamian City

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iPad Interface

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Sample Model

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Week One

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Week Two

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Mesopotamian CN Tower

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Mesopotamian Manhattan

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Final Cityscape

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Partcipatory Culture

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I Made This!

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Making It!

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What they are Making

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Set Up

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About to Begin

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AIRvr

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Developing a Process

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First Attempt

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Models and Future Plans

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Lightsail Scale

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Digital Model

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Printing

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A Finished Prototype

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Prototype 2

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"Touching 2D"

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Base Image

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Digital Scuplting

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Touchable Print

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James Watt Bust

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3D Scanning

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Printing

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Material Testing

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Finished Touchable Model

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Borduas

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Digital Sculpting

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Play-Doh Making

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Borduas Cylinder Seal

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The Participatory Museum

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A Few Final Thoughts

  • It takes time to build and support these initiatives
  • Librarians will need to be prepared to relinquish some of their role as expert
  • These systems are not very "black-boxable"
  • There is always way more back-end prep and finishing - "behind the curtain" work - than it might appear
  • Start thinking about what these technologies represent in libraries

THANK YOU!

Email gabby.resch@utoronto.ca for questions or slides.