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Valerie Hackworth: Profile


(615) 904-8545

LIB 246A

Subject Areas

Library Technology

Technology Services


Research and Innovation Partner


I manage Technology Services which is responsible for supporting technology in the public spaces of the library, offering tech help to students, faculty, and staff, providing tech coach sessions for ePortfolio, providing specialized printing services (poster, photo, 3D, and lamination), and checking out equipment including calculators and laptops to students.

I also manage the MakerSpace where students, faculty, and staff can learn to 3D print, use a vinyl plotter, use a laser etcher/cutter, practice programming and electronics skills, repair and make things using hand tools, try Virtual Reality, and use specialized design software including Adobe CC, Autodesk products, Unreal Engine, and Unity.

I can assist faculty by collaborating on how the MakerSpace can be incorporated into curriculum, offering a personalized discovery experience of the MakerSpace, discussing how we can customize an orientation of the MakerSpace for classes or Faculty Learning Communities, discussing how the MakerSpace and Technology Services can assist with grants, documenting and making cases for requests for software and hardware to be added in the library public spaces, and acting as a resource concerning specialized software and equipment in library public spaces.


BS in Communications

MS in Computer Information Systems

Research Projects / Interests

MakerSpaces in Curriculum 

The Future of MakerSpaces

Technology Services equipment and services:


  • ePortfolio Tech Coach via Zoom or in person
  • Specialized printing (poster, photo, color, 3D, lamination)
  • Laptop checkout for students
  • Calculator checkout for students


MakerSpace equipment available for training:


  • 3D Filament printer
  • 3D Resin Printer
  • Vinyl Plotter
  • Laser etcher/cutter
  • Carvey


MakerSpace equipment and services:


  • Hand tools
  • Heat press
  • 3D printers
  • Vinyl Plotter
  • Laser etcher/cutter
  • 3D/AR/VR computers
  • Macs with scanners
  • Windows computers with scanners
  • Tech Coach for project consultations through Zoom or in person

Valerie Hackworth

Assistant Manager - Library Technology

MTSU Box 13 (LIB 246A)

Murfreesboro, TN 37132