Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

STEM in Motion: Libraries and the Maker Movement

Instructor: Abigail Phillips

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

While making and makerspaces have received an explosion of interest in the past few years, there is often a misunderstanding about making and makerspaces. The purpose of this course is to provide background regarding the maker movement, making, and makerspaces. We will also draw upon real world examples of how making and/or makerspaces have been (successfully and unsuccessfully) incorporated into the academic, public, and school library. Students will take away a better understanding of making and makerspaces, evaluating the potential for their library, and begin to develop a plan for including aspects of making into the library.

Week 1: Background - The Maker Movement, Making, and Makerspaces; there’s more to this world than 3D printers and expensive technology.

Week 2: Assessing the need for making and makerspaces in libraries: what would work (or not) for your library? What does your library really need?

Week 3: Pitfalls and triumphs – stories from the library world including academic, public, and school

Week 4: Considering a plan of action; Thinking beyond the norms of makerspaces.

Abigail Phillips

Dr. Abigail Phillips, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the School of Information at Florida State University. Her research interests include digital youth, empathy, cyberbullying, libraries, librarianship, and making. She can be found by email: or by Twitter: @abigailleigh.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.