As public libraries struggle to stay relevant in the digital age, some of them are experimenting with hackerspaces. These are places where people can work on and/or collaborate on technology-centered projects, boasting unique technological tools such as 3-D printers and computer-controlled power tools. See the NPR article here: http://www.npr.org/2011/12/10/143401182/libraries-make-room-for-high-tech-hackerspaces
The Allen County Public Library of Fort Wayne, Indiana is one of these libraries. According to its director, Jeff Krull, “We see the library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind-business.”
As libraries become less book-centered and more tech-centered, are hackerspaces a worthwhile investment to keep libraries viable? Is there a significant demand for hackerspaces? Do you think they will become more common, or are they a fleeting experiment as libraries try to adapt to their new role? If not, what should libraries do to remain relevant to their patrons in a rapidly changing world?
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