Why the Libraries? As the digital age has accelerated access to online collections, libraries across academia have been repurposing space once reserved for traditional book stacks. While our libraries continue to provide staff expertise, research services, and access to distinct and core collections, libraries now also have a unique opportunity to add even more value to their physical space.
The "library as a place" plays an important role at institutions of higher education. Ranked as one of the most highly used facilities on campuses across the country, libraries provide faculty and students with space for collaboration, innovation, research services, and access to emerging technologies. As discipline-neutral spaces, libraries serve the unique role as being one of the few inherently cross-disciplinary buildings available to faculty and students.
Libraries have always been involved in providing access to information. From literature reviews to define the scope of a project to determining where and how to publish research findings, libraries are increasingly also involved with all aspects of knowledge creation. Maker projects and technologies are an emerging form of knowledge and information. (Learn more: Emerging Technologies, What is a Makerspace?).