The team of staff working on my library’s makerspace gave some good thought to policies, procedures, and more functional guidelines for use of the space and equipment.
For policies … well, we don’t have any. Other policies like our customer behavior policy and our computer use policy really cover everything we need. So we have a list of more functional “procedures” that can change as the space changes.Â Here’s what we have so far.
MakeIT Lab Procedures
- Normal customer behavioral guidelines apply
- â€œRespect the space, respect the staff, respect the equipment, respect each otherâ€
- Hang this up in the room
- Â Refer to the customer conduct policy
- Age limits:
- Kids with supervision (under age 12)
- Ages 12 and up without supervision
- What can you print?
- Whatever you can print in 3 hours
- Stay with your print job
- If the print has to finish after hours (i.e., customer started printing at 8pm, but print wonâ€™t finish until 11pm), staff will put finished print behind desk, and customer can pay the next day
- How to print:
- $5 per print
- Pay using the checkout Kiosk, then get a receipt
- Take receipt to Media Desk
- Media Desk staff will set up the print job for customer
- No prerequisites for room use
- We will have tipsheets and some â€œgetting startedâ€ videos, plus staff will know how to turn on the Mac, open up software, plug things in, etc.
- If more help is needed, customer should schedule an appointment with a librarian
- How many people in the room at the same time?
- Up to 6 people in the room at a time
- Checking out the room & time limits
- 3 hours a day
- Two door keys, with barcodes. We’ll technically check out the keys.
- Customer will check out a key using Polaris (MakeIT Lab Key #1 and #2)
- No reserves â€“ first-come-first-serve basis
- Staff will need to monitor the room to make sure customers arenâ€™t going over 3 hours
- Close when the library closes at 9pm
Reserving Media bags:
- Use Polaris, like the other bags
- 7-day check out
- Customers can place it on hold
- Pick up at the Reference desk
That’s what we have right now. Are some of your policies, procedures, or guidelines different than ours? Please share!
Guideline image from Make Magazine