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Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Hackspace Prototype in the Library

While on a recent trip to DC, I decided to check out the LibLab prototype.  The LibLab is based loosely on FanLab and is meant to be a “hackspace for knowledge”.

“LibLab has a modular design, with up to a dozen research and collaboration modules. Each module provides the tools and space needed to work on collaborative knowledge production, research, or learning and teaching.”

Admittedly, I was not very impressed when I finally saw it:

1.  On the wiki, it sounds very impressive and built my expectations overly high.

2.  The wiki description is a little incoherent and I’m not completely sure what exactly LibLab is.  It sounds like it’s trying to be everything.

3.  By calling it a “hackspace”, it implies that this is going to be very tech-centered, maybe beyond the comprehension of average people like me.

There are some redeeming qualities to the LibLab:

1.  The project is very loosely defined and flexible and seems open to suggestions from the public.

2.  The project emphasizes roundtable collaboration and community learning.

3.  Despite its seemingly intellectual intent, the LibLab does have workshops and modules meant to educate the general public.  On my visit I had the chance to see their Wikipedia workshop for the community.

All in all, the idea of LibLab is exciting.  The execution just needs some work.

Visit LibLab at the Martin Luther King Library in DC before it disappears at the end of December.


3 responses to “Hackspace Prototype in the Library

  1. Pingback: Fayetteville Free Library Fab Lab: Guest Post by Greg Belvedere « People Interact

  2. Anonymous November 22, 2011 at 10:14 am

    The Wikipedia workshop was very well attended for a Saturday morning. The patrons were interested and the presenter was knowledgable. I would have liked to find a calendar of future LibLab workshops and events.

  3. Melissa November 21, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for this write-up. How was the Wikipedia workshop? Did you get a sense of how the public is receiving the LibLab and its programs?

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