Venessa Miemis: Libraries as Hackerspaces?

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Are Libraries the Hackerspaces of the Future?

September 7, 2011

As I was reading through the projects coming to our upcoming Contact Summit in NYC next month, I was inspired by a few people who are reimagining what a library could be.

Library Turns Hackerspace

Perhaps you’ve heard the term hackerspace, or something along a similar vein, like makerspace, makerlab, or fab lab. Wikipedia defines it as

“a location where people with common interests, usually in computers, technology, science, or digital or electronic art can meet, socialise and/or collaborate. Hackerspaces can be viewed as open community labs incorporating elements of machine shops, workshops and/or studios where hackers can come together to share resources and knowledge to build and make things.”

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Phi Beta Iota:  Note the Weberian centralized Dewey system on the left, and the chaordic vivaciousness on the right.  This is what digital freedom and cultural freedom make possible.

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