Current Trends and Goals in the Development of Makerspaces at New England College and Research Libraries

  • Ann Marie Lynn Davis The Ohio State University


This study investigates why and which types of college and research libraries (CRLs) are currently developing Makerspaces (or an equivalent space) for their communities. Based on an online survey and phone interviews with a sample population of CRLs in New England, the investigator found that more than two dozen (26) CRLs had or were in the process of developing a Makerspace in this region. In addition, a number of other CRLs were actively engaged in promoting and diffusing the Maker ethos. Of these libraries, most were motivated to promote open access to new technologies, literacies, and STEM-related knowledge.

Author Biography

Ann Marie Lynn Davis, The Ohio State University

Ann Marie L. Davis is a faculty librarian of Japanese Studies at The Ohio State University. A former history professor, she has taught courses ranging from Empire and Expansion in East Asia and History of Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan. She has an MA in Regional Studies-East Asia from Harvard University, a PhD in Japanese History from UCLA, and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. Currently she conducts research in Japanese Studies as well as in digital literacies and instructional design in college and research libraries. 


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