International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 246


Creation and utilization of maker spaces in academic libraries: Bridging the gap between theory and practice

ADEJO Alhaji A.
  • ADEJO Alhaji A.
  • Library Department, Nigeria French Language Village Badagry, Lagos State, Nigeria.
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  • BABATUDE Kabiru A.
  • University Library, Federal University Gashua, Yobe State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 23 January 2021
  •  Accepted: 13 April 2021
  •  Published: 30 September 2021


In recent time, library mannagement creates a space in the library called Makerspace where  researchers work together and share ideas  in their various areas of specialization. It promotes conversation, collaboration, creativities and innovations. Indeed, this study focused on creation and utilization of makerspaces in academic libraries as well as bridging the gap between its theory and practice. This study explored the creation and utilization of makerspaces in aacademic libraries. The study utilized the library research approach and relied on secondary data for analysis sourced from articles, journals, periodicals and publications. It furthermore, conceptualized makerspaces and provides considerations that would necessitate its establishment in academic libraries. The terms used in the framework are Piagetian and Vygotskian interpretation of constructivism. These terms were derive from constructionism and multiliteracies. Thus, masterspaces practice members’ involvement. The two theories deepened and expanded the knowledge on learning that could enable the framework to be modified as the makerspaces issue and aids to deepen the understanding of the phenomenon rather than predicting. It also identified needs to design makerspaces, what is required in setting up a makerspace, the major tips to consider when developing a makerspace and discuss intensively how academic libraries utilize makerspaces. Finally, this study recommended that library management should not hesitate to establish makerspace in their respective institutional libraries as this will aid research and promote scholarship.


Key words: Creation, utilization, makerspaces, academic libraries, theory, practice.