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Make It @ Your Library Answered

Fantastic news! Instructables collaborated with the American Library Association to build a new how-to website especially for libraries:  Make it @ Your Library

This website is tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries.  Fully searchable, Make it @ your library connects users to projects, based on library-specific search criteria: age, price, project time, etc.

You can read more about the details here, and if you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to leave them below in the comments.


Seems like a small number of ibles have been picked for the site (make it @ your library).Exactly what kind of projects are being filtered, what are the project requirements? are they still picking projects from instructables? Sorry if I'm being too curious!

No worries, these are great questions! We initially grabbed a few hundred projects for the launch that we felt would be a good fit for libraries. Because there are well over 100k projects on Instructables, we wanted to start with a small manageable number in the beginning. Now that the site is successfully up and running, some people on the ALA team will consistently monitor Instructables for new content that will work well in the library context. If you have any recommendations, don't hesitate to add them to the group - https://www.instructables.com/group/Libraries/ - or PM me with them. Thanks for your interest!

Thank you! I've joined the group and I'll Pm you if I come up with any suggestions :) No problem!

I would like to collaborate to the project, if possible; Claudio Baudazzi from Roma, Italy claudiobau1@alice.it

Claudio, we would love to have you! We're actively seeking contributors, and you can create an account here: http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/user/register. Once you have an account, feel free to add projects!

What's the point of that site? I can't see how posting the entire content of a project elsewhere benefits members (or the site) here.

We worked together to curate content that's appropriate for libraries (which is not dangerous or inappropriate), and on this new site you'll see that this content is sort-able by price, age appropriateness, etc. They aren't automatically pulling anything from Instructables - it's all handpicked by the team of us working on this project. We have a group on our site where the librarians will start sharing their own projects here, as well.

unless they are trying to get around any library filters that may be in place that limits dangerous activities.

It just looks like they've used ibles content to populate their site, to make it look well-used to visitors, who are being asked to contribute more projects.

Will new projects there be automatically re-posted here as well?