Feasibility Study of Creating Maker Movement in the Central Library of the University of Tehran

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

2 ,Assistant Professor, Department of Information Science and Knowledge Studies, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.

3 Associate Professor, Department of Information Science and Knowledge Studies, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.


Purpose: This research attempts to determine the status of the University of Tehran’s central library to establish the maker movement.
Method: For so doing, both a library study method is used to prepare a checklist, and a survey method is done. By a purposive sampling, an interview with the Head of Central Library and Documentation Center of the Tehran University was carried out and a questionnaire was distributed among the librarians.
Findings: The findings indicate that the central library’s condition in terms of human resources, finances, and infrastructure is not proper for the current makerspace.
Conclusion: The results show that a high level of education and work experience has a positive effect on librarians' familiarity, skill and interest. For librarians, funding from the parent organization is greater than funding from library funding and other sources. Male librarians are less interested in establishing a maker movement, despite being more familiar with the makerspace and skillful in performing activities related to the makerspace. The organizing and cataloging department is more interested in creating a makerspace. The level of education and high work experience has a positive effect on the level of familiarity, skill and interest of librarians with activities related to the creative construction space, which can be used in the field of guiding, training and controlling related activities. For most librarians, there is enough time and space in the central library for makerspace. Undesirable hardware and software equipment in the library and lack of knowledge about digitalization laboratory equipment affect the level of knowledge of librarians.


Abram, S. (2015). Real makerspaces in school libraries. Internet@Schools, 22(1), 10-11.
Altman, M. B., Matthew, H., Lisa, L, Wenqing and Shapiro, R. (2015). SPEC Kit 348 Rapid Fabrication/Makerspace Services. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Association of Research Libraries.
Anderson, C. (2012). Makers: The new industrial revolution. Published in the United States by crown business. New York: Random House, Inc., ISBN 978-0- 307-72095-5, eISBN 978-0- 307-72097-9.
Browder, R.E., Aldrich, H. E. & Bradley, W.S. (2017). Entreprenership research, makers, and the maker movement. Academy of Management.
Browder, R.E., Aldrich, H. E. & Bradley, W.S. (2019). The Emergence of the maker movement:  implications for entrepreneurship research. Journal of Business Venturing, 34(3), 459-476
Burk, J. (2014). Practical guides for librarians. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 978-1-4422-2967-9; ISBN 978-1-4422-2968-6 (ebook).
Burke, J. (2015).  Making sense: Can makerspaces work in academic libraries? ACRL2015.
Curry, R (2017). Makerspace: A beneficial new service for academic libraries? Library Review, 66(4/5), LR-09-2016-0081_.
Farmer, N. M. (2018). Maker meaning: An exploration of the maker movement, career adaptability, and life satisfaction. PhD thesis. Arizona State University.
Fleming, L. (2015). Worlds of making: Best practices for establishing a makerspace for your school. Corwin Press. ISBN 978-1-4833-8282-1
Hlubinka, M., Dougherty, D., & Parker, T., Chang, S., Hoefer, S., Alexander, I,. McGuire, D. (2013). Makerspace playbook: School Edition. Make Magazin. Maker Media.
Izsak, C. (2018). Makerspaces, innovation and creative learning. UKSG eNews 428.
Merlo, S., Huss, S., DeRose, T., Wilkinson, K., Petrich, M., Lee, S., Neely, S., & Rice, D. (2016). Maker Club Playbooks. Mini Maker Faire.
Peppler, K., & Bender, S. (2013). Maker movement spreads innovation one project at a time. Kappanmagazine, (95)3, 22-27.
Peppler, k., Keune, A., Xia, F, and Chang, S. (2017). Surveying maker education demographics & assessments. Maker Ed
Rosenfeld Halverson, E., & Sheridan, K. (2014). The maker movement in education. Harvard educational review · DOI: 10.17763/haer.84.4.34j1g68140382063.
Slatter, D., & Howard, Z. (2013). A place to make, hack, and learn: makerspaces in Australian public libraries. The Australian Library Journal, 62(4), 272-284. https://doi.org/10.1080/00049670.2013.853335
Wigner, A. (2017). The maker movement, the promise of higher education, and the future of work. PhD thesis. Arizona State University.