This is a guest blog post by Stephen Calcutt, Technical Manager Co-ordinator in the School of Art, Design and Architecture (ADA).
The Maker Library Network is a British Council project which connects designers and makers internationally. Over the summer of 2015, the School of Art, Design and Architecture installed a Maker Library in the Queen Street Studio’s building, and is a creative space for making, showing and reading.
Maker Libraries consist of three key elements – a gallery, a library and an online platform for connecting activities across the network. It is through these unique networked spaces that we swap skills, share resources and exchange ideas.
The idea behind the Maker Library in the school of ADA is to introduce students to the wide variety of resources and technical facilities in the school, and to engage students in the potential of these resources through practical workshops and making. A sense of collaboration is enhanced by moving activities outside of the curriculum and encouraging students from across the school, the wider university and also internationally, to take part. The Maker Library is an extension of our technical facilities and will, over time, develop a focus which reflects our expertise and program of activity.
Over the summer of 2016, Stephen Calcutt will be working with academic colleagues from both across the School and also staff from other schools that have declared an interest in the project. We will develop a program of activity which engages students in the maker library concept and introduces them to a range of facilities, and theoretical debates through practical workshops.
For more information on the Maker Library Network, or to get involved, please contact Stephen Calcutt firstname.lastname@example.org
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