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Co-designing the Library Makerspace with Children: A Case Study of Seoul Children’s Library with a Focus on 3D Printing

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2024, 58(1), pp.151-179
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2024.58.1.151
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : January 22, 2024
  • Accepted : February 14, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

Kung Jin Lee 1 Min Cho 2 So Bin Lee 2

1이화여자대학교
2이화여자대학교 문헌정보학과

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

This study aimed to discuss the utilization of a makerspace regarding 3D printers in a children’s library by conducting co-design sessions targeting the end-users, children. To achieve this, a program utilizing a 3D printer was conducted for seven children at the Seoul Children’s Library, followed by interviews with both the children and their parents. The results revealed several key findings: First, during the design sessions, participating children showed interest in the physical realization of ideas through the use of a 3D printer. Researchers adjusted their level of intervention based on each child’s tendency, playing a supportive role. Second, children became aware of various limitations associated with 3D printers and public library makerspace. Third, the rapport between children and researchers positively influenced the design sessions, driven by the active communication of children. This study suggests a reevaluation of the value and necessity of library makerspace from the perspective of user autonomy and creativity and emphasizes the need to closely understand the end user’s requirements in establishing operational strategies for library makerspace.

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