Makerspaces are something that every librarian has been talking about lately and something that I know every librarian would love to implement in their libraries! I know some librarians that have immersed themselves in this already and some like me who keep saying they want to get makerspaces in the library but the timing or funding doesn’t seem to work. I know that there are many different options and things that can be done for cheaper but it still seems pretty overwhelming.
I attended many conferences this year that were centered around makerspaces and the more I learn about them the more I have realized they aren’t as scary as they seem. My problem was that I did not think I would be able to afford many of the awesome games and such they have available to purchase but I now know that there are many things you can do without a huge budget. Pinterest has become my best friend when looking at makerspace things and there are so many great ideas on there that I plan on using in my library. The only problem that I am facing and many others that I know as well is that being on a fixed schedule it can sometimes be hard to find the time to get them into the library. Before school is not an option and after school is also hard to schedule. Working around the class schedule is really my only option but as long as you have teachers who are willing to work with you then you are all good! I loved reading all the resources that were available to me for this track and will definitely be coming back to the Cool Tools website next year to look back at the great articles and tips and tools!