Resources

 

MAKER JAWN’S “MAKER PROGRAMMING ON THE LIBRARY FLOOR” LSTA WEBINAR

Part I: Design It
Part II: Make It
Part III: Share It

 

HELPFUL LINKS AND TUTORIALS 

Learn about maker programming in libraries and beyond. 

Adafruit: A place to buy electronic supplies, and view project tutorials.

HighLow Tech: Out of MIT, tutorials on paper circuit and e-textile projects.

Instructables: Instructions for all kinds of DIY projects. A good curriculum aid.

A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: Open Education Database’s makerspace resources for librarians.

Libraries and Maker Culture: A Resource Guide: A resource guide for maker spaces in libraries made by Sharona Ginsberg of the University of Michigan.

Maker Ed: The non-profit, education oriented arm of Maker Media (the publisher that popularized “Maker” culture).

Sparkfun Resources: Learning and project resources.

Sparkfun Tutorials: Tutorials on how to use a variety of electronics.

the tinkering studio: Lesson plans and project examples from the Exploratorium.

 

LEARN. MAKE. GET INSPIRED.

Here are some links to learning resources and project ideas. Now go explore!

DIY: DIY is a place to learn lots of new skills independently and with the support of peers.

Instructables: Instructions for all kinds of DIY projects.

Code Academy: Learn how to code. (For adults and teens.)

Code: Learn how to code. (More youth oriented)

Mozilla Webmaker: Fun online learning tools.

Scratch: Fun and easy program for game design and animation. A good way for beginners to learn the concept of code.

Lynda: Inexpensive online tutorials for software and other skills. Very useful and easy to follow.

Dash: Learn HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

Live in Philadelphia? Checkout the Free Library’s digital learning resources.

 

INEXPENSIVE & OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARES

Here are some free/cheap tools for audio, video, and photo editing, digital graphics, layouts, 3D modeling and motion graphics, and more. 


Illustration/ Design

SumoPaint: Comparable to Photoshop. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

Pixelmator: Comparable to Photoshop. Mac compatible. $14.99

Gimp: Comparable to Photoshop. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

iDraw: For vector drawing. Mac compatible. $24.99

Artboard: For vector drawing. Mac compatible. $29.99

AutoDesk Sketchbook: Drawing tool. Mac/ PC compatible. $2.99/month, $25/year.

Inkscape: Drawing tool. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.


Collage and Photo Editor

Fotor: Collage and photo editor. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

BeFunky: Collage and photo editor. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.


Infographics
     

infogr.am: Making infographics. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

easel.ly: Making infographics. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.


Publishing/ Layout Tools (InDesign)

Scribus: Comparable to InDesign. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

Belight: Comparable to InDesign. Mac compatible. $19.99.


Audio Recording/ Editing

Audacity: Audio Recording and editing. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

Fission: Audio Recording and editing. Mac compatible. Free.


Video Editing

Lightworks: Video editing. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

iMovie: Video editing. Mac compatible. $14.99.


3D Modeling and Animation/ Motion Graphics

Blender: 3D modeling and animation/ motion graphics. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

Sketchup Make: 3D modeling. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

Tinkercad: 3D modeling for 3D printing. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

123D Design: 3D modeling and 3D printing. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

 

Presentations

Prezi: Presentations. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

Google Slides: Presentations. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.

 

Office Tools 

LibreOffice: Office software. Mac/ PC compatible. Free.