The MakerSpace, located on the 2nd floor of the James E. Walker Library, offers knowledgeable staff who provide direction to appropriate resources, train users on the use of media applications and equipment. We offer unique facilities to enable the exploration for learning experiences, collaboration, and creative expression. The MakerSpace is a welcoming space for users of all abilities, disciplines, levels and interests.
Makerspace is a catch all term to refer to a service that offers equipment that enables the creation or fabrication of prototypes of designs or customized “parts.” The vision for the Walker Library MakerSpace service is to provide an active-learning experience for students to use technology as a tool and to make it accessible to students of every level of technical expertise. Research libraries with a makerspace learning area have found them to be instrumental in support of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) initiatives.
Who may use the Makerspace?
- MTSU faculty, staff, and students who have been trained on the equipment
- Makerspace Equipment Training
Usage policies and charges:
All equipment must be used in the Makerspace. At this time there is no charge to use the equipment, but users are required to bring their own supplies for equipment such as the vinyl cutter. More information will be forthcoming on policies, procedures, costs, and material sources.
MakerSpace Help Desk: 615-904-8526
When possible, our help desk staff will answer all questions immediately, but for in-depth questions we may suggest online training or a one-on-one appointment. We will not do your project for you, but we will assist in training on equipment and software.
Makerspace Equipment Training: Some equipment requires training before it can be used. Makerspace Equipment Training.
Tech Coach appointment:: Schedule a 30 minute one-on-one appointment with a Tech Coach when you need in-depth task-specific assistance on any of our multimedia software applications. For comprehensive training on a software topic, see our online training resources below. Please give at least 72 hours notice for a training request. View software that is available in the library here: http://library.mtsu.edu/software.php
Online Training Resources
If you are a beginner or need comprehensive training on a software application, utilize the following online resources.
All students, faculty and staff have access to the entire catalog of material provided by Lynda.com. Lynda currently offers more than 4500 courses on almost every conceivable topic and more courses are added to the catalog every week. Tutorials are available for thousands of writing, publishing, graphic design, animation, and audio/video programs; career fields like marketing, filmmaking, game creation, IT security, and web design; and even job skills such as time management, and project coordination. These courses are available through apps available on almost all platforms – PC, Mac, iOS, Android.
You can start using Lynda now by going to www.mtsu.edu/lynda for more information and access to MTSU’s Lynda portal. When accessing the portal, users with existing Lynda profiles will be given the opportunity to migrate their existing work, playlists, etc. to the new environment.
Copyright-friendly Media Sources
Find images that you can remix and reuse for your projects at our Media Sources guide.
Computers and Peripherals:
- 8 Dell PCs with 22" monitors
- 17 iMacs with 27" monitors
- Linux Stations
- 25 flatbed scanners
- Color Printer
- Multi-format card readers for checkout
- Pen tablets for checkout
- Headphones for checkout
- Headphones with Microphones for checkout
First come first served:
- Filament 3D Printers
- Mini Filament 3D Printers
- Resin 3D Printer
- Vinyl Cutter
- Makeblock Kit (Construction set)
- Bench top power supplies
- Signal Generators
- LittleBits Kit (Construction set)
Available for check out (for use in the MakerSpace only):
- Raspberry Pi3 and Pi touchscreens
- Arduino kits
- Soldering Irons
- 3D glasses
- Silhouette Cutter (vinyl, fabric, cardstock, cotton canvas, magnet paper, foil)
Finishing and Collaboration
- Tape, scissors, hole punch, staplers
- Grid Board/Cutting Mat (exacto knife at Help Desk)
- Paper Cutter
- 8 ½ x 11 Laminator
Presentation Practice Rooms
Presentation Practice Rooms: Reservations required. Practice and record your presentation. Three large group study rooms on the 2nd floor (248B, 262B, and 201D) are equipped with large wall-mounted monitors and recording devices to allow students to practice and record presentations. A green screen is available for use in Presentation Practice Room 248B. Usage policy.