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A Study on the Concepts and Programs of ‘Makerspaces’ at Public Libraries

Yunkeum Chang 1

1숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study explores the concepts and programs of ‘makerspaces’ at public libraries. It examines the extended and sustainable service outreach strategies of 14 Korean public libraries whose makerspaces were identified as “infinite imagination spaces.” Through interviews with staff members, the study identifies the needs, effects, limitations, and future direction of makerspaces. The study also evaluates the development, types, funding sources, and outcomes of makerspaces in public libraries through related literature reviews and case studies. The study’s findings suggest that strategies with stable and varied funding, staffing, and training are crucial to fostering makerspaces that not only become communal gathering spots, but also become gateways to technological tinkering that ‘make’ spaces for community archives.

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