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ACRL/EBSS Resources for Curriculum Materials Professionals

What are Makerspaces?

Makerspaces are spaces designed and dedicated to hands-on creativity and exploration, where people actually make something using a variety of tools and materials. These spaces allow learning to unfold and can foster collaboration, problem-solving and sharing among its users.


Online Resources for Librarians

Materials and Technologies (The examples chosen below do not represent a product endorsement)


Make things with cardboardMagformersBuilding toys




magnetsrobotic kit



Ellison die cuts  - shape cutting machine                            Ellison die cut

Laminating machines - thermal and cold laminating

Comb binding machines - bind pages together into a book using plastic spines with 19 rings or 21 rings and a hole puncher that makes rectangular holes.


Cutting boards /  Light trace tables

Origami papers / Poster papers / Foam mounting board            

Modeling clay

light box trace     

Button makers                


Cricut machines - cuts intricate designs on paper or vinyl 

Laser systems - engraves and cuts wood, acrylics, plastics, stone, and much more. (e.g. Epilog Mini)

laser cutter

Poster printers  - beautiful multi-color photo quality posters, some of which print on vinyl as well as paper.
poster printer


3doodler (handheld)

  SMART Board® and other interactive displays -  used in K-12 to support interactive learning.  

Augmented and Virtual reality hardware and software

Useful for virtually visiting the moon and transporting students to different periods of time. Also used for assistive learning to block out distractions.


       Brandeis video photo studio  picture from Brandeis Video Photo studio 

Many makerspaces and libraries provide media production equipment and rooms that include:

  • Professional video and audio recording devices, lighting, and various backdrops (green screens, microphones, midi controllers, one button studios)
  • Software for multimedia production, video editing, and 3D animation
  • Sound rooms or sound booths
  • Headphones
  • Camcorders
  • Document cameras
  • GoPro cameras
  • Cameras and tripods
  • Cintiq Wacom tablets

Examples of Makerspaces

Reading List

An, H. & Pozzi,, E. (2018)  Developing a Makerspace as a Vehicle for Partnership Building: The Role of Teacher Education Programs in Guiding Teachers, Librarians, and Communities, The STEAM Journal, 3(2), Article 12. DOI: 10.5642/steam.20180302.12 Retrieved from:

Bagley, C. A. (2014). Makerspaces: Top trailblazing projects, A LITA guide. American Library Association.

Barrett, S., Dousay, T., Kerr, T., Schmidt, L., Gellis, B., & Ballard, J. (2019). Library and Student Innovation Center: Makerspace! Computers in Education Journal, 10(2), 1-10. 

Beavers, K, Cady, J.E., Jiang,A., & McCoy, L. (2019). Establishing a maker culture beyond the makerspace. Library Hi Tech, 37(2), 219–232.

Bowler, L., & Champagne, R. (2016). Mindful makers: Question prompts to help guide young peoples' critical technical practices in maker spaces in libraries, museums, and community-based youth organizations. Library & Information Science Research38(2), 117-124.

Burke, J. J. (2015). Making sense: can makerspaces work in academic libraries?.

Burke, J. J. (2018). Makerspaces: a practical guide for librarians. Rowman & Littlefield.

Caratachea, M. (2018). Developing a maker-centered professional development program for K-12 teachers. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1247-1250). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from

Cohen, J. (2017). Maker principles and technologies in teacher education: A national survey. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 25(1), 5-30.

Cohen, J. D., Jones, W. M., & Smith, S. (2018). Preservice and early career teachers' preconceptions and misconceptions about making in education. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 34(1), 31-42.

Colegrove, T. (2013). Editorial board thoughts: libraries as makerspace?. Information Technology and Libraries (Online)32(1), 2.

Colegrove, P. T. (2017). Makerspaces in libraries: technology as catalyst for better learning, better teaching.

Cun, A., Abramovich, S., & Smith, J.M. (2019). An assessment matrix for library makerspaces. Library & Information Science Research, 41(1), 39–47.

Curry, R. (2017). Makerspaces: a beneficial new service for academic libraries?. Library review.

Davis, A. M. L. (2018). Current Trends and Goals in the Development of Makerspaces at New England College and Research Libraries. Information Technology & Libraries, 37(2), 94–117.

Einarsson, Á. M., & Hertzum, M. (2020). How is learning scaffolded in library makerspaces?. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction26, 100199.

Fourie, I., & Meyer, A. (2015). What to make of makerspaces: Tools and DIY only or is there an interconnected information resources space?. Library Hi Tech.

Jones, W. M., Smith, S., & Cohen, J. (2017). Preservice Teachers’ Beliefs About Using Maker Activities in Formal K-12 Educational Settings: A Multi-Institutional Study. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 49(3–4), 134-148. 

Karakaya, O., Yu, J., Valai, A. & Updegraff, A. (2019). Preparing Preservice Teachers for “Learning by Making” in Makerspace Communities. In K. Graziano (Ed.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1594-1599). Las Vegas, NV, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 22, 2019 from

Koh, K., & Abbas, J. (2015). Competencies for information professionals in learning labs and makerspaces. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science56(2), 114-129.

Koh, K., Abbas, J., & Willett, R. (2018). Makerspaces in libraries. Reconceptualizing libraries: Perspectives from the information and learning sciences, 17-36.

Koole, M., Epp, J., Anderson, K., et al. Designing a Makerspace for Pre- and In-Service Teachers. (2017). International Journal of Designs for Learning, 8(1): 82-97.

Loertscher, D. V., Preddy, L., & Derry, B. (2013). Makerspaces in the school library learning commons and the uTEC maker model. Teacher Librarian41(2), 48.

Mann, L. (2018). Making a place for makerspaces in information literacy. Reference & User Services Quarterly58(2), 82-86.

Mersand, S. (2021). The state of makerspace research: A review of the literature. TechTrends65(2), 174-186.

Moorefield-Lang, H. (2015). Change in the making: Makerspaces and the ever-changing landscape of libraries. TechTrends59(3), 107-112.

Moorefield-Lang, H. M. (2015). When makerspaces go mobile: Case studies of transportable maker locations. Library Hi Tech.

Moorefield-Lang, H. M. (2015). User agreements and makerspaces: A content analysis. New Library World.

Nagle, S.B. Maker Services in Academic Libraries: A Review of Case Studies. (2020). New Review of Academic Librarianship. DOI: 10.1080/13614533.2020.1749093 (published online 10 Apr 2020).

Oliver, K. M. (2016). Professional development considerations for makerspace leaders, part one: Addressing “what?” and “why?”. TechTrends60(2), 160-166.

Pisarski, A. (2014). Finding a place for the tween: Makerspaces and libraries. Children and Libraries12(3), 13-16.

Shelley, A., Derden, J.M., & Gibson, S. (2018) Exploring the Future of the Teaching Materials Center at Illinois State University: From e-Textbooks to Makerspaces. Education Libraries, 41(1), 28–21.

Wang, F., Wang, W., Wilson, S., & Ahmed, N. (2016). The state of library makerspaces. International Journal of Librarianship1(1), 2-16.

Willett, R. (2016). Making, makers, and makerspaces: A discourse analysis of professional journal articles and blog posts about makerspaces in public libraries. The library quarterly86(3), 313-329.

Willingham, T. (2017). Library makerspaces: the complete guide. Rowman & Littlefield.

Willingham, T., & De Boer, J. (2015). Makerspaces in libraries (Vol. 4). Rowman & Littlefield.

Willingham, T., Stephens, C., Willingham, S., & De Boer, J. (2018). Library Makerspaces : The Complete Guide. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 

Shepard, C., Kvenild, C., Smith, S.M., et al. (2017). The Unspace Case: Developing a Maker Movement in a Multipurpose, Flexible Space, Library Setting. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 8(1):39-51. 

Slatter, D., & Howard, Z. (2013). A place to make, hack, and learn: makerspaces in Australian public libraries. The Australian Library Journal62(4), 272-284.

Wong, A., & Partridge, H. (2016). Making as learning: Makerspaces in universities. Australian Academic & Research Libraries47(3), 143-159.