From Lauren Britton, researcher and leader in the area of Library maker spaces.
As many of you know, the White House is hosting a Maker Faire in the near future. See this release for more details: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/02/03/announcing-first-white-house-maker-faire
Maker spaces in libraries allow everyone to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and facilitate opportunity for collaboration and community engagement that will aid in the next generation of STEM jobs. They provide access to tools (from books to 3D printers) and, most importantly, ‘access to each other’. Library maker spaces are powerful informal learning spaces that give local community members the ability to create, hack, and make their future.
A number of organizations are working together to show library support for making in our communities. If you and your institution support President Obama’s call for, “an all-hands-on-deck approach to science, technology, engineering, and math…to make sure that all of us as a country are lifting up these subjects for the respect that they deserve.” Please email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate! Time is running out and they would love to have your library represented!
For more ways to get involved: http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/white-house-makerfaire-interest-form
From the White House blog announcing the 1st White house Maker Faire –
“Expand access to Maker Spaces in our communities including through libraries.”
“… in the spirit of Andrew Carnegie’s support for public libraries. In particular, the Administration has called for special efforts to ensure that girls and under-represented minorities are included in such STEM opportunities.”