This guide is for students, staff and faculty to learn about our Collaboratory located on the 2nd floor of Katz Library. Technology featured in the Collaboratory are a MakerBot Replicator Z18, an Othermill, a Roland Versacamm Printer/Cutter, and VR.

Hours of Operation

Closed Until Further Notice

For Reservations, Contact:

(207) 621-3050

Students with work study funds, or those who would like to volunteer, please contact Nate LaClaire at the email address above to advise him of your interest. We need students to assist in the UMA Collaboratory.

Library Specialist CL2

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Libby Poulin
Katz Library, UMA
20 Jewett Drive, Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04330

Printed from MakerBot Replicator Z18

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What is a Collaboratory?

A Collaboratory, as defined by William Wulf in 1989, is a “center without walls, in which the nation’s researchers can perform their research without regard to physical location, interacting with colleagues, accessing instrumentation, sharing data and computational resources, [and] accessing information in digital libraries” (Wulf, 1989).

A Collaboratory is a space for students, staff and faculty to engage in hands-on learning, from concept through to the development of a physical object.

It is our desire at UMA, that the Collaboratory engages students to be design thinkers, constructionists, and collaborators in order to create the best inventions for the best of intentions.

"...genius may be inspiration + perspiration, but collaboration is integral to the equation as well."

- Moos, D., Miller, K., Fontecchio, A. 2017.

Scholarly Articles on Makerspaces

Faculty and Staff Pedagogical Ideas

Sources Cited

  • Wulf, W. (1989, March). The national collaboratory. In Towards a national collaboratory. Unpublished report of a National Science Foundation invitational workshop, Rockefeller University, New York.
  • Moos, D., Miller, K. I., & Fontecchio, A. (2017). Teaching, Learning, Doing in Collaborative Spaces. Planning for Higher Education, 45(4), 86–95. Retrieved from