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Maker Library Network Maker Library Network Showcase in Cape Town, February 2015. Photographer Keziah Suskin

Maker Library Network Showcase in Cape Town, February 2015. Photographer Keziah Suskin

The Maker Library Network (MLN) is a British Council project that connects designers and makers around the world. Combining reading, showing and making, this new type of creative space encourages local and international knowledge sharing. Through this unique network makers can share resources, swap skills, take part in mentoring sessions and exchange ideas. The Maker Library Network concept was created and developed by Daniel Charny and From Now On in collaboration with the British Council.

Maker Libraries are creative spaces for making, showing and reading. They contain three key elements of a library, a makespace and a gallery, connected via an online platform for sharing skills and resources. Each Maker Library is led by a librarian who is interested in fostering creative and social thinking and learning through making by running a dynamic programme of activities and workshops. As an active member of the MLN community, the librarian has an opportunity to contribute, connect and learn with like-minded people.

Librarians in each country are able to adapt the MLN principles for their local environment and location; whether in their studio, in the corner of a cafe, or in a purpose built travelling vehicle.

When a Maker Library is set up, the librarian receives a starter kit which includes a blueprint to build a library, a core set of books, a growing resource of open designs and access to a panel of mentors via the online platform.

The Maker Library Network was initially developed as part of the British Council’s Connect ZA season to connect designers and makers in the UK and South Africa. The Network is currently expanding globally.

For more information and to follow the story, visit the Maker Library Network website at www.makerlibrarynetwork.org

 

Maker Assembly Edinburgh: International Edition

Maker Assembly Edinburgh: International Edition © Dan Sumption

© Dan Sumption

24 January 2017
by Moira Lascelles

Join us on the 3 March as we collaborate with Maker Assembly to celebrate the culmination of our work on the Maker Library Network, with a day exploring international making and maker culture at Custom House in Edinburgh.

With invited makers, thinkers and doers from around the world, including some of our Maker Librarians, from the UK, South Africa, China, Nigeria, Turkey, Mexico and Ukraine, this conference will offer a platform for participants to share their global knowledge, skills and experience of making.  As well as makers from our Hello Shenzhen programme, building links between the UK and China.

Maker Assembly Edinburgh has been commissioned to celebrate the culmination of our Maker Library Network project; a three year programme that connects designers and makers from around the globe to share knowledge, skills and ideas. Our work in making will continue to grow with a new programme that seeks to support and connect even more designers and makers around the world starting with Hello Shenzhen in collaboration with our Creative Economy team.

We have a fantastic lineup of geusts and speakers. We have workshops throughout the day including Networks, with Fi Scott (Make Works) and Mara Balestrini (The Bristol Network), Designer- Maker with Jasleen KaurMicaella PedrosSilo Studio and Helen Steer (Do It Kits) as well as Making it Open, with Hannah Fox (Derby Museum, The Silk Mill), Janet Gunter (Restart Project) and Tiyani Nghonyama (Geekulcha). 

To round of this amazing programme we have a keynote address by Daniel Charny of From Now On in conversation with Alice Rawsthorn

Click here to join us for a day of talks, panel discussions and making demonstrations with international practitioners and experts.


Friday 3 March 2017
09.30 – 17.30
Custom Lane
Custom Wharf
67 Commercial Street
Edinburgh
EH6 6LH

7 March 2017

Maker Library Network: Think-ahead-tank

Maker Library Network: Think-ahead-tank © Kat Gollock

© Kat Gollock

7 March 2017

Maker Library Network: Publication launched

Maker Library Network: Publication launched © Kat Gollock

© Kat Gollock

7 March 2017

Maker Assembly Edinburgh

Maker Assembly Edinburgh © Kat Gollock

© Kat Gollock

28 February 2017

Maker Assembly Edinburgh line-up confirmed

Maker Assembly Edinburgh line-up confirmed © Keziah Suskin

© Keziah Suskin

24 January 2017

Maker Assembly Edinburgh: International Edition

Maker Assembly Edinburgh: International Edition Dan Sumption

Dan Sumption

14 September 2016

Making workshop at Machines Room for LDF

Making workshop at Machines Room for LDF  Image by IZONE Creatve Community, Kyiv Ukraine

Image by IZONE Creatve Community, Kyiv Ukraine

18 July 2016

MLN Residency Outcomes: Craig Dunlop

MLN Residency Outcomes: Craig Dunlop

17 June 2016

Open Studios at East London Printmakers

Open Studios at East London Printmakers

15 June 2016

Saber Creativo launches in Mexico City

Saber Creativo launches in Mexico City © Laboratorio para la Ciudad

© Laboratorio para la Ciudad

14 June 2016

The First Maker Library Network International Residency

The First Maker Library Network International Residency  Craig Dunlop | Photograph by Keziah Suskin

Craig Dunlop | Photograph by Keziah Suskin

10 June 2016

Maker Library Launch: IZONE

Maker Library Launch: IZONE

29 May 2016

Maker Library Launch: Stranger

Maker Library Launch: Stranger

11 May 2016

Maker Library Residency at MAKLab in Dumfries, Scotland

Maker Library Residency at MAKLab in Dumfries, Scotland  MakLab

MakLab

6 May 2016

Maker Library Network Residencies at Machines Room London

Maker Library Network Residencies at Machines Room London

4 April 2016

Maker Library Network Think Tank

Maker Library Network Think Tank

28 March 2016

Maker Library Resident Showcase: Matt Gilbert

Maker Library Resident Showcase: Matt Gilbert

16 March 2016

Maker Library Launch: East London Printmakers

Maker Library Launch: East London Printmakers

29 February 2016

Workspace Project: TEN - The Employable Nation

Workspace Project: TEN - The Employable Nation  Keziah Suskin

Keziah Suskin

5 February 2016

Opendesk at Maker Library: ATÖLYE İSTANBUL

Opendesk at Maker Library: ATÖLYE İSTANBUL  © OPENDESK

© OPENDESK

25 January 2016

Made You Look film screening at Maker Library: Atölye Istanbul

Made You Look film screening at Maker Library: Atölye Istanbul   © Made You Look

© Made You Look

4 January 2016

Stephen Calcutt's Book Selection

Stephen Calcutt's Book Selection  Darwin Amongst the Machines book cover © Helix Books

Darwin Amongst the Machines book cover © Helix Books

30 December 2015

Delphine Dallison's Book Selection

Delphine Dallison's Book Selection  Cabinet of Natural Curiosities book cover ©TASCHEN

Cabinet of Natural Curiosities book cover ©TASCHEN

13 December 2015

Machines Room Project: Maker Library Residencies

Machines Room Project: Maker Library Residencies  Maker In Residence sign at Machines Room

Maker In Residence sign at Machines Room

5 December 2015

MLN at the first Maker Faire Africa in Johannesburg

MLN at the first Maker Faire Africa in Johannesburg Thingking

Thingking

18 October 2015

Maker Library: Laboratorio para la Ciudad

Maker Library: Laboratorio para la Ciudad

4 October 2015

Maker Library: ATÖLYE Istanbul to launch at Mini Maker Faire Istanbul

Maker Library: ATÖLYE Istanbul to launch at Mini Maker Faire Istanbul ATÖLYE Istanbul, Bomonti, Istanbul.  © ATÖLYE Istanbul

ATÖLYE Istanbul, Bomonti, Istanbul. © ATÖLYE Istanbul

20 September 2015

Machines Room Project: Maker Mile

Machines Room Project: Maker Mile  MAKER MILE LOGO

MAKER MILE LOGO

9 September 2015

Fixhub at Maker Library: Machines Room

Fixhub at Maker Library: Machines Room Maker Mile map and logo

Maker Mile map and logo

8 September 2015

Do, Flex, Test - Dialogues in Design Making

Do, Flex, Test - Dialogues in Design Making Cover of Do, Flex, Test - Dialogues in Design Making © British Council, Buro Buro, Regina Pozo

Cover of Do, Flex, Test - Dialogues in Design Making © British Council, Buro Buro, Regina Pozo

16 August 2015

Maker Library Network @ Innovation Month ZA

Maker Library Network @ Innovation Month ZA Innovation/ ZA

Innovation/ ZA