This study examines the roles of makerspaces and librarians in public libraries, as defined by nine librarians instituting makerspace services. It explores their understanding of creative spaces and library policy, specifically the foundational principles of intellectual freedom and access. Using constructivist discourse analysis tools, this study analyzes interview data to illuminate a concept of access grounded in expression, incorporating hands-on activities, tools, and social connections. This study has implications for practitioners and policymakers in reconsidering access as a positive liberty enabled by social contexts, and librarians’ enzymatic roles in facilitating those contexts.
|Number of pages||23|
|Journal||Public Library Quarterly|
|State||Published - Apr 2 2016|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© , Published with license by Taylor & Francis. © Shannon Crawford Barniskis.
- content creation
- intellectual freedom
- library as space
- library programs
- media labs
- public libraries
- public sphere
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Library and Information Sciences