What is this site?

MakerBridge is an online community for everyone interested in makerspaces and maker culture, including those working in makerspaces within libraries, community centers, and schools. This community is intended to build a bridge that brings people together so they can collaborate and learn from each other’s experiences. This network can be a valuable resource for anyone trying to plan or run a makerspace in a library, a school, or any other dedicated makerspace location--or even individuals who just enjoy tinkering and creating.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of affiliation, geographic location, or level of knowledge. Share resources, rate products and tools, and post in the forums to meet fellow makers and tell your stories!

What are makerspaces? How do I learn about them?

Dale Grover of Maker Works in Ann Arbor describes makerspaces as “tools + support + community.” In makerspaces, people share tools, skills, and ideas, and often work together on projects. In these spaces, learning is hands-on, collaborative, and often crosses traditional divisions such as age or level of formal education. Instead, makerspaces focus on bringing together people to explore and create around projects that interest and excite them.

Makerspaces are a part of maker culture, which focuses on DIY projects and values creation over consumption. Other terms used for makerspaces include hackerspaces, hacklabs, or fab labs. To learn more about the basics of these topics, check out Where do I start? in the forums.

Who created this site?

This project was spearheaded by Sharona Ginsberg, who works in Instructional Support Services at the University of Michigan. She earned her master's degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Information, specializing in Library and Information Science, and she is passionate about makerspaces, how they fit into libraries, and how they factor into the concepts of collaborative and participatory learning.

A number of other people contributed to this site’s development and helped get it off the ground. Many thanks go to:

Kristin Fontichiaro
Clinical assistant professor
University of Michigan School of Information

Heather Newman
Director of Marketing and Communications
University of Michigan School of Information

Emily Mitchell
State University of New York at Oswego

Kelly Davenport
Web Project Manager, Michigan MultiMedia (M3)
University of Michigan Medical School Information Services

Michael Hess
Programmer/Analyst Senior and Adjunct Lecturer
University of Michigan School of Information

Ayla Stein
Web Services Fellow
University of Houston

Caitlin Rozich
Metadata Librarian

Image Credits

Blog by Oriol Carbonell -  used with CC BY 3.0 permission

Three Speech Bubbles Overlapping on a White Background by Stephen Emlund via Thinkstock

Algorithmic Contaminations by Derek Gavey - used with CC BY 2.0 permission