• Makerspace Mania! Developing a Makerspace in a Health Sciences Library

      Mears, Kim; Logue, Natalie; Kouame, Gail; Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library (2017-04)
      Objectives: To advance the clinical and educational objectives of the university and to foster innovation by developing a makerspace in the health sciences library. Methods: A committee of three librarians investigated models of makerspaces in health sciences libraries and evaluated the current needs of faculty and staff for 3D printing and data visualization. A proposal was developed in three phases: information gathering, in-depth interviews, and cost-benefit analysis of equipment and program development. Results: During the information gathering stage, the committee reviewed a variety of sources such as websites, white papers, and listserv discussion threads on makerspaces in health sciences and academic libraries. Interviews were conducted with educational technology staff, health sciences faculty, research administration personnel, and a community technology hub. Equipment recommendations were selected during the cost-benefit analysis, which weighed the initial and continuing costs of equipment, the long-term goals of the makerspace, and the needs of the students and faculty. Location and training needs were also included in the proposal recommendations. Implementation of the makerspace is ongoing. Conclusions: Health sciences libraries are becoming more active in the development and implementation of makerspaces in health sciences libraries. Future considerations for the Greenblatt Library makerspace include outreach and promotion and the development of a sustainable funding model.