Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Focus Group Shares Ideas and Suggestions with Library Staff


Gathering a group of thoughtful, engaged local Duxbury residents helped us push our "Library-as-Makerspace" ideas even further with a sense of community "buy-in."
A lively discussion ensued, much of which is shared here:

  •  3-D Printer
  • Help with social media
  • Building a web site
  • Collaborating with the schools / different needs for different generations
  • Gathering place
  • Collaborate with service groups such as the Lion’s Club
  • Fabrication lab w/ training and tinkering available
  • Photography / dark room
  • Place for projects to be worked on / mentoring avail.
  • Setting for parents/children to go something together.
  • Craft sale of handmade products / learn a business model.
  • Opportunities to write / publish /
  • Setting for parents/children to go something together.
  • Use computers for instructions... step-by-step processes
  • Hobbies... opportunity for feedback
  • Provide subscriptions to expensive resources... journals, etc.
  • Sharing resources: tools, equipment
  • Getting the word out about what we have
  • Publicity issues
  • Taking things apart
  • Small engine repair
  • Women-centered training in mechanics
  • Sewing for all ages - hand & machine
  • Wood - turning
  • Be a portal to larger institutions and databases

Things to Lend:

  • Digital projector
  • Ipads
  • Artwork / posters
  • Table & chairs for parties, events
  • Podiums
  • Audio equipment
  • Guitar / musical instruments
  • Tech stuff: Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Makey-Makey
  • Conservation & conversion equipment
  • Sewing machines
  • Watt’s up? Tells you how much juice your computer is taking


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