Make It Here
Inciting Creativity and Innovation in Your Library
by Matthew Hamilton and Dara Hanke Schmidt
December 2014, 195pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-554-1
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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Whether you are planning a dedicated makerspace at your library, or just want to offer great maker programming, this book will help you inspire your community to design, experiment, innovate, and create at your library.

This is an ideal resource for joining the maker movement, no matter the size of your public library or resource level.

Libraries of all sizes and resource levels are finding ways to support community innovation and creativity through maker programming—and successful programs don’t require dedicating an entire area of the library to makerspace activities or sophisticated technologies such as 3D printers. Make It Here: Inciting Creativity and Innovation in Your Library provides a complete, step-by-step guide for starting a makerspace program at your library and follows through with instructions for operation and building on your success.

This book takes you step-by-step through starting your maker program—from finding the right “makerspace mix,” making a plan, and working with staff to establishing funding and support, launching your makerspace, and evaluating and refining your programs. The authors provide guidance based on their personal experiences in creating and developing maker programs in their libraries as well as feedback and lessons learned from library makers across the country. You’ll see how easy it can be to bring their ideas to life in ways that will empower your community, and be encouraged to be bold and think outside of the box when imagining the possibilities.


  • Explains why the maker movement and libraries are a perfect match
  • Includes makerspace ideas and programs for all ages, not just teens
  • Written by authors with personal experience creating maker programming in a short amount of time with a limited budget
  • Supplies ideas and anecdotes from makerspaces and innovators across the United States that will inspire staff at all levels
Matthew Hamilton is senior IT manager for the Denver Public Library, Denver, CO. Named one of Library Journal's Movers and Shakers for 2010, Hamilton prides himself on bringing a punk rock "do it yourself" ethos to librarianship, often turning tradition on its head, and on being equal parts hardware geek and software geek.

Dara Hanke Schmidt, MLIS, MPW, is library director for the Cedar Rapids Public Library, Cedar Rapids, IA. Previously, she worked for six years with the innovative Anythink Libraries in Adams County, CO, where she helped open The Studio makerspace. Schmidt received her master of library and information science degree from San Jose State University and her master of professional writing degree from the University of Southern California.


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