Making Your Makerspace Work

You are planning (or already have) a makerspace! This course provides concrete tips for engaging your users in exciting ways while helping them overcome the “intimidation factor” of using potentially complex (and expensive) equipment in a new and unfamiliar space. No matter what planning stage you are in for your makerspace, these tips will ensure you are better prepared for any unexpected challenges so you can stop worrying and start making! Weekly discussions cover hardware, software, and pedagogical trends in making. By the end of the course, participants will have a detailed plan of makerspace implementation as well as a compiled number of event plans and resources that can be used in their own makerspace. Let’s make your makerspace work!

This is a five week Moodle course run asynchroniously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. This course will begin the week of July 9, 2018.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • plan and budget for a dynamic makerspace with appropriate materials that align with organizational goals (children are the intended patron base, but concepts can be applied anywhere).
  • promote a culture of making in their organizations and communities while minimizing the “intimidation factor” that makerspaces sometimes possess.
  • facilitate a variety of classes and workshops in and out of their makerspace.

Who Should Attend

Educators/librarians and makers who are planning or looking for ways to improve their school or public library makerspace that serve primary -secondary school aged students/patrons.


Christian Sheehy joined Xavier University as Digital Initiatives Librarian in 2015 after 7 years of public library management experience. He has 13 years of post-secondary, public, and corporate teaching experience both in-person and online. He has built and managed 2 successful library makerspaces, one public and one aca- demic. He received his B.A. in English from Northern Kentucky University and his MLIS from Drexel University in Philadelphia. When not teaching, tinkering with tech, or managing an institutional repository, he is often seen scribbling with a fountain pen while sipping gunpowder green tea.



Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $115
ALA Personal Member: $165
Nonmember: $185

Member rates apply to personal memberships only.  Interested in joining ALSC?  Click here to learn more about ALSC and how to join.

How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.

Tech Requirements

Computer, internet connection, web browser


If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor Christian Sheehy.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Kristen Figliulo, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.