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Loyola-Notre Dame Library opens new Makerspace 

| By Ashleigh Aldridge
LDNL Makerspace

Loyola University Maryland students are now able to learn and create in a new technologically rich Makerspace in the Loyola-Notre Dame Library. The “do-it-yourself” creative area was unveiled to members of the Loyola and Notre Dame of Maryland University communities on Thursday, Oct. 26.  

The Makerspace is funded by a three-year technology plan approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees. The plan also includes funding for future initiatives to support experiential learning priorities in both research and teaching. 

The space offers various activities and technologies designed for user engagement and creativity. It features two Dremel 3D40 Idea Builder Printers; an HP Sprout with 3D Capture; a Sense 3D Scanner; a Large Format Printer for posters and signs; a Brother SE-400 Sewing and Embroidery Machine; a One Button Studio for audio and voice recordings; and Logic Pro X software for music production. 

Library staff worked closely with faculty from both Loyola and Notre Dame and used their recommendations to choose items for the space.  

“Faculty from both universities and from a broad spectrum of disciplines expressed a need for maker technology,” says Youlanda Halterman, digital technology and web supervisor of the Library. “In fact, each item in our makerspace was based on a faculty recommendation.” 

The Makerspace area is located on the first floor of the Library and is available during the Library’s regular hours. Library staff encourages students to use the space for both curricular and extracurricular activities.  

“Instructors will be able to tie-in ‘creating’ to class activities in order to enhance the learning experience. In addition, the makerspace will enable students to explore interests that may be outside their area of study in a low stress environment that encourages creativity. Making can be fun, relaxing, and encouraging,” says Halterman.  

While the Makerspace is available to current faculty, staff, administrators, and students of Loyola and Notre Dame, training is required to use several of the machines, including the 3-D printers and the embroidery machine. Users will be required to sign the Makerspace Agreement.  

More information about the Makerspace, hours of operation, and training times are available at http://guides.lndlibrary.org/makerspace.  

The Loyola-Notre Dame Library serves as an integral part of the Notre Dame of Maryland University and Loyola University by providing the information services and resources required to support the academic programs and educational concerns of the two institutions.

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