Associate Professor Pratt Institute, School of Information
Many of us may have a Raspberry Pi in a drawer somewhere (or perhaps in use!) The applications and potentials of such single-board computer technologies are well-studied in the context of library makerspaces, over the past decade. However, these flexible technologies have a myriad of potential uses outside of the makerspace, in broader library use. This poster will report on the findings of a research study in which librarians were interviewed to understand the maker projects they had created to support wider library work. These uses included employing Raspberry Pi to run digital signage, foster advertising efforts, and collect reference statistics, among other applications. Librarian participants were also asked to discuss the perceived benefits and drawbacks for such technologies in ongoing library work. This poster seeks to raise awareness of potential maker projects outside of the makerspace within libraries, as well as identify those that could benefit from running such projects in their libraries.