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Valerie Hackworth: Profile

Contact:

(615) 904-8545

LIB 246A

Subject Areas

Library Public Technology

Technology Services

MakerSpace

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 offering a personalized discovery experience of the MakerSpace, discussing how we can customize a tour of the MakerSpace for classes, suggesting how the MakerSpace can be incorporated into curriculum, 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.

Education

BS in Communications

MS in Computer Information Systems

Research Projects / Interests

MakerSpaces in Curriculum 

The Future of MakerSpaces

Technology Services equipment and services that will be available for Fall 2020:

 

  • No Touch, No Contact tech help at our Virtual Service Point
  • ePortfolio Tech Coach with Zoom
  • Specialized printing (poster, photo, color, 3D, lamination)
  • Laptop checkout for students
  • Calculator checkout for students

 

MakerSpace equipment that will be available for the training for Fall 2020:

 

  • 3D printer
  • Vinyl Plotter

 

MakerSpace equipment and services that will be available for Fall 2020:

 

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

Valerie Hackworth

Assistant Manager - Library Technology

MTSU Box 13 (LIB 246A)

Murfreesboro, TN 37132

615-904-8545

Valerie.Hackworth@mtsu.edu

library.mtsu.edu/technology

library.mtsu.edu/technology/makerspace