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#MakerTour2015: FryskLab, Europe’s first Mobile Library-powered FabLab, visits 8 countries in 14 days

Posted by on dec 16, 2014

#MakerTour2015: FryskLab, Europe’s first Mobile Library-powered FabLab, visits 8 countries in 14 days

#MakerTour2015: FryskLab, Europe’s first Mobile Library-powered FabLab, visits 8 countries in 14 days

FryskLab, Europe’s first mobile library FabLab (fabrication laboratory) from the Netherlands, is going on an European road trip in February 5-20. The destination is Florence (Italy), where FryskLab will participate in the conference The Art of Invention, organized by OCLC. FryskLab, a former book mobile turned mobile library lab, is a project of Bibliotheekservice Fryslân (BSF).

Frysklab will take pride of place outside the Villa Vittoria where the Meeting is being held to enable everyone attending to explore the facility and ask its dedicated staff questions or have a go with the equipment in the bus, consisting of 3D printers, vinyl- and lasercutter and electronic and programming tools such as Makey Makey, Little Bits and Scratch. Jeroen de Boer, New Media Specialist at BSF who manages Frysklab, will also be giving a talk at the Meeting in one of the breakout sessions about makerspaces and libraries.

FryskLab will embark on a two-week tour of Europe which will include visiting Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium, as well as Italy, France and The Netherlands. In every country the FabLab team plans to hold workshops with a focus on making. There will be special attention to making existing and future FabLab services accessible for the visually disabled. For this BSF collaborates with several professional partners: Stichting Aangepast Lezen, Sectorinstituut Openbare Bibliotheken (SIOB), Dedicon, Christelijke Bibliotheek voor Blinden en Slechtzienden (CBB) and OCLC. Further details will be made available in the New Year.

In the province of Fryslân (the Netherlands) this mobile lab facility is used to bring making, digital fabrication and 21st century skills to primary and secondary schools, as it addresses the socio-economic challenges of the region. The lab is also used for several other library programs, for instance Fab the Library!, a series of modules to help other libraries set up makerspaces or FabLabs.

To find out more about Frysklab click here [link to https://www.fablabs.io/frysklab]. On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/frysklab. On Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/frysklab hashtag #makertour2015

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