Recent years have witnessed the rapid spread of coworking spaces, technology hubs, hackerspaces, makerspaces, and similar physical places that nurture creativity, collaboration, and innovation. These places excel at creating environments — facilities, activities, connections, technologies — where individuals can learn, create, start businesses, and solve local challenges. This project explores the global rise of these spaces, the features that make them effective, and the strategies and policies that support their establishment and growth. Research outputs will include tools for libraries and other community organizations wishing to create innovation spaces in their facilities.
People & Organizations
- Project Team
- Chris Coward, Principal Research Scientist & TASCHA Director, Information School
- Lauren Britton, Researcher, Information Institute of Syracuse
- Christine Prefontaine, Knowledge Sharing & Communication Advisor
- Dilini Wijeweera, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow
- Maria Lille, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Evans School of Public Affairs
- Bo Liu, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Evans School of Public Affairs
- Power, Access, Status: The Discourse of Race, Gender, and Class in the Maker Movement
- New toolkit: Design thinking for libraries
- STEM, DASTEM, and STEAM in Making: Debating America’s Economic Future in the 21st Century
- Democratized tools of production: New technologies spurring the maker movement
- Examining the maker movement through discourse analysis: An introduction
- Libraries & makerspaces: A revolution?
- Upcoming discussion: Libraries & makerspaces: A revolution?