Through the Looking Glass: made in the library – media production

Published date05 November 2018
Date05 November 2018
AuthorMichelle Brannen,Peter Fernandez
Subject MatterLibrary & information science,Librarianship/library management,Library technology,Library & information services
Through the Looking Glass:
made in the library – media
Michelle Brannen and Peter Fernandez
In 2005, Dale Dougherty coined the
term “maker,” and in 2006, Maker Faire
events began launching in California
(Chen and Wu, 2017). Libraries have
widely embraced the concept of maker
and have been an active part of the
maker movement. Maker spaces of all
imaginable types can be found in
libraries from small crafts to large
power tools to 3D printing and
everything between. Although a
departure from library stereotypes,
maker culture has existed in libraries far
longer than the explosion of maker
culture and maker spaces. Libraries
have been a place where knowledge can
be both consumed and created – and
emerging technologies have simply
expanded the shape and scope of these
This column will explore a sub-set of
maker technologies, specifically those
related to media production. Media
production services in libraries embrace
and support creativity and the creation
of knowledge through communication
methods much in the same way that
maker space services support creativity
and the creation of knowledge through
making things. From students creating
video documentaries to present research
topics, to gardeners sharing growing
tips on YouTube (,
to Harry Potter fans listening to
podcasts on MuggleCast (mugglecast.
com), creating and working with media
is an important skill that libraries have
been supporting and continue to
embrace even as the platforms,
practices and tools evolve.
Making vs producing: media
production in libraries
Media production has a relatively
long history in libraries. As far back as
I976, when James W. Brown’s study
New Media in Public Libraries: A
Survey of Current Practices, most of his
study focused primarily on collections
such as 18-mm film and audiotapes as
well as the types of services the libraries
offered. Yet even in 1976 the writing
was on the wall due to the rapid
developments in media and
communications technologies. In the
chapter Future of Media in Public
Libraries Brown (1976) writes,
“Increased recognition of the fact that
communications and information
technologies are far from being fully
exploited. Predictions emphasize that
much more if to come. For example,
even our present capabilities for linking
together entire communities [...] could
encourage a host of entrepreneurial
efforts related to electronic information
services, such as:[...] (8) ‘frame
grabbing’ (a procedure offering clients
opportunities to store single pictures –
as from a TV program – for later
reviewing). Possible implications, in its
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Library Link
LIBRARY HITECH NEWS Number 9 2018, pp. 1-6, V
CEmerald Publishing Limited, 0741-9058, DOI 10.1108/LHTN-07-2018-0041 1

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