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At a glance

Makerspaces – i.e. spaces and offers that are usually based on current, education-oriented and small technologies, «make» (manufacture) things independently and form communities – have become an established topic in the field of librarianship in recent years.

 

The basic idea behind the Library Lab is to allow for new technologies to be tried out in a kind of makerspace and for their application to be tested in libraries. Libraries are showing great interest in integrating “small technologies”, in particular, in library work.

 

The Library Lab has been integrated in the Service Innovation Lab (SIL) of HTW Chur. This creates the opportunity to experiment with state-of-the-art technologies in a flexible setting in the areas of education and further training or as a service for external partners and to test their use as part of new services.
 

Offer

The Library Lab has already been used for various projects in libraries as well as for teaching purposes and in the area of further education. Libraries can issue orders for the analysis of selected technologies.

Equipment

Library boxes

Box 1: Fun and games with technology

Contains:

  • Ozobot
  • Sphero 2.0
  • Makey Makey
  • littleBits
  • Cubelets
  • MOSS

For one-day events

Box 2: Films

Contains:

  • Cameras
  • Light
  • Microphone
  • Camera drone (DJI Mavic Pro)
  • Computer

For modular events (several sessions that have to be completed together)

Box 3: Modern craft cellar

Contains:

  • Makerbot 2 go
  • Brother ScanNCut
  • LEGO Mindstorms
  • littleBits

For one-day events

Further technologies from the «maker» area:

Further information

Institute

The Library Lab is assigned to the Swiss Institute for Information Science (SII).