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Maker movement: Researching making in Michigan libraries

Wednesday, 12/06/2017

What does the maker movement look like in small communities?

Kristin Fontichiaro, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information, knew that most models for what maker activity looked like were coming from larger urban libraries.

To help answer that question, Fontichiaro developed an ongoing relationship with the Benzonia Public Library as part of research for an IMLS-funded project, Making in Michigan Libraries. (This project is now concluded.)

The video takes viewers to Benzonia, a community of about 500 in northwestern lower Michigan, where long-standing artisanal traditions are emerging in the form of community maker events.