Nine Rural Libraries Selected for Nebraska Library Innovation Studios Makerspaces

February 13, 2019 - 12:49pm

The Nebraska Library Commission has announced the selection of nine public libraries to host one of four rotating makerspaces designed to provide tools to rural communities to stimulate creativity and innovation.

The new selections, which include libraries in Chadron, Hastings and Plainview, join 18 other Nebraska public libraries chosen in 2017. The Library Innovation Studios project provides a rotating set of makerspaces that contain creative tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, and film and photography equipment.

JoAnn McManus, who is the project manager for the Library Innovation Studios, says typically only larger libraries nationwide attract makerspaces, and the Nebraska Library Commission wanted to provide that opportunity for smaller, rural communities.

“What we’re doing is we are showing small rural communities in Nebraska what a makerspace look like and how the community will react to it," McManus said. "They’re finding it’s much easier to fundraise around bringing in a makerspace in their community when they’ve already developed interest in it.”

The project began in July of 2017 and will conclude in July of 2020. Five more libraries will have the opportunity to be included in the rotating list of makerspaces after the final application deadline on March 29.



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