Librarians “Tinkering”: Applications for Single-Board Computers and Microcontrollers in Libraries
Olivia Turpin, MS Information Experience Design ’22
Cathy Hu, MS Information Experience Design ’23
School of Information
Physical computing devices, such as sensors, microcontrollers, and low-cost single board computers (e.g. Raspberry Pi, Arduino), have found a natural home within the library makerspace.
However, further creative opportunities exist to employ these technologies in aiding the broader work done by information professionals, outside of the makerspace.
This presentation reports on the preliminary findings of my current research study in which librarians were interviewed to understand the maker projects they had created (such as: reference desk statistic counters, OPAC stations, portable scanning machines, and more) and the broader potential (and pitfalls) of such technologies within libraries.