Managing a Makerspace: The Beginning Stages

The makerspace movement has transformed library spaces across the country in many different ways. In an effort to provide my campus with our own makerspace, I began to research, read, and attend professional development sessions highlighting makerspaces.

One characteristic that I noticed all successful makerspaces had in common was their focus on stakeholder needs. A viable makerspace must be relevant to those using it. Although our makerspace is still in the beginning stages, the foundation of our space rests on the needs of our students, teachers, and parents.

Scheduling, management, and materials have been three major talking points in regard to designing our makerspace. In the coming weeks, I will share a few ways we have addressed these talking points, and how we have gradually implemented makerspaces into our library program.

- Trisha Hacker

Cedric E. Smith Elementary School, Magnolia ISD

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