Getting Started

So you’re thinking of starting a MakerSpace in your library or classroom?  Great!  Here’s a few things to consider as you move forward:

  1. Start small… try one activity and see how it goes.
  2. Have a plan… how will the students get to visit your MakerSpace?  Where will they be working?  How will you organize items?  Be sure to take the time to gather your thoughts before you start.  It saves a lot of time later on… trust me.
  3. Share… I have found that taking a few minutes every month to share with my students and staff the monthly MakerSpace activities and expectations increase excitement and involvement.
  4. Network… there are so many amazing librarians out there doing the most amazing things in their libraries!  Take a look on Twitter, Facebook and other social media or internet resources to find new ideas, learn tips and tricks and just be inspired.
  5. Look to the experts… I started this crazy journey of becoming a Maker Librarian with a Maker Library by reading the book Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace in your School by Laura Fleming.  I’m not going to lie, after doing a search at my local book store for MakerSpace, I found quite a few resources, most of which were quite thick and although I love to read, those seemed a bit daunting.  So, when I saw Laura Fleming’s concise, 80-page option, I took that one.  Luckily, I was not disappointed.  Her book gets to the heart of how to start a MakerSpace in an easy to understand and “get to the point” way that I appreciated and used.  Here visual below is one I refer back to again and again.Image result for worlds of maker framework

Want to know more about my journey?  Feel free to Tweet (@dawn_vieira) or email me and we can connect.  You can also take a look at my Google Slides presentation from the ISLMA Conference in 2016.