We Are Not Police: Public Librarians’ Attitudes about Making and Intellectual Property


This article presents findings from a survey and interviews with public librarians about intellectual property (IP) in makerspaces. The libraries had a variety of different makerspaces, including high-tech (3D printers and software), low-tech (Legos and craft supplies), and production spaces. Results found that librarians tend to show patrons where they can find information about IP, but that they are more concerned with patron privacy and take a hands’ off approach to IP issues.

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Public Library Quarterly