MAKE the libraries of the 21st century

Over on the PC World blogs, Phil Shapiro has penned a glowing piece about MAKE, entitled “Exit Newsweek – Enter MAKE Magazine,” on the news that Newsweek may be going the way of the dinosaur. The piece is filled with wonderful, flattering quotes about MAKE:

If you haven’t seen this magazine yet, check out the inspiring, amusing and instructive MAKE magazine blog. That same spirit of inventive adventuring bounces off every page of MAKE magazine. Whoever is editing that magazine has high standards. When I read MAKE magazine, I not only learn new things, I become more creative. That magazine puts me into a creative mood: It gets me thinking about constructing creative solutions to a host of different things in my life. The spirit of that magazine is “yes, we can,” which is why it’s no surprise that our new president remarked in his inaugural speech: “… the risk-takes, the doers, the makers of things.”

He suggests that everyone call their local libraries and ask them to subscribe to MAKE (Shaprio himself works in a Maryland library), if they aren’t carrying it already. That way, if Newsweek leaves the rack, there’ll be a worthy replacement. Which IS a good idea. Call you library and make sure they carry MAKE!

He also suggests that libraries create Maker Rooms, mini-hacker spaces where people can learn new tech and DIY skills. That’s actually a great idea for using public libraries, which have suffered so much in the age of the web. They could have TechShop-like spaces, with fab lab equipment, surface mount soldering tools, and other gear that’s too expensive or specialized for most people, and the training and resources on how to use it all.

Exit Newsweek – Enter MAKE Magazine


Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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