Today I am sharing a personal example of making in the library with a fun project that was an incredible learning experience. Enjoy! -Holly

You might not know that I am a second-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Library and Information Studies. This semester, one of my group projects was to build a functional DIY book scanner for the SLIS library.


We started with a bare bones kit, and painted, constructed, and enhanced the physical structure. Then we had to work with the tech side of things, rigging a trigger to take pictures of both pages of an open book at the same time, which was challenging to say the least. Finally, we figured out post processing software that would turn our jpeg images into a searchable document.

When we chose this project, I was excited at the idea of actually making something with my hands in the library. I’ve never visited an academic library makerspace, so this was as close as I was going to get any time soon. And it was pretty close– we drilled, we programmed, and we spray-painted. For more on our process, check out Tales of a Book Scanner, where we blogged about the process.


Our completed scanner

I love that idea that we made something that other people can now use to make things. This wasn’t a take home project; our product lives in the library, freely accessible for anyone to use and create with.

Is your library making things that stay in the library for future making? Drop us a line and let us know! 


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