You've created your library's MakerSpace, now how do you build a consistent user-base? And how do you do it when people cannot access that space for a while? We'll share how we built and kept MakerSpace momentum by establishing well-attended classes and fostering community support and partnerships.
Missy Littell is the Customer Experience Manager at the Cuyahoga Falls Library. With over 20 years of experience in public libraries, she is a MakerSpace creator and advocate and offers training to staff and patrons on how to use and make the most of MakerSpace equipment. Connecting people to resources and tech that enriches lives is her passion.
Carolanne Tkach is the Guiding Ohio Online Tech Assistant at the Cuyahoga Falls Library and has been working in the MakerSpace field for over 12 years. She trains staff and patrons, brings new technology to the library and is a maker enthusiast. Carolanne loves to create those "aha" moments for people in one-on-one trainings and classes.
Virginia Wright has been with the Tuscarawas County Public Library for 22 years, first as a Reference Assistant and currently as the Emerging Technology Associate for the five-location system. Virginia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Purdue University. The two things she likes best about her job are that she gets to play with new technologies and to also help others gain confidence to learn something new. When not at the library she enjoys motorcycle rides with her husband, taking Caribbean vacations (pre-pandemic), and spending time with her grandchildren (not necessarily in that order).
Courtney Wallace is a Public Service Associate at the Tuscarawas County Public Library, focusing on teen programming. Courtney earned a bachelor's degree in environmental science with a minor in earth science from Moravian College. Prior to her current position, she worked for five years as a math and science teacher. She will be celebrating four years with TCPL this November