Access and Express: Professional Perspectives on Public Library Makerspaces and Intellectual Freedom

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-125
Number of pages23
JournalPublic Library Quarterly
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© , Published with license by Taylor & Francis. © Shannon Crawford Barniskis.

Keywords

  • Access
  • content creation
  • intellectual freedom
  • librarians
  • library as space
  • library programs
  • makerspaces
  • media labs
  • public libraries
  • public sphere

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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