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Maker Hub Community
The Maker Hub is defined by the people who use it.
There a several ways to get involved with the Maker Hub. The easiest is simply to drop in during our open hours, ask one of our friendly staff or volunteers to show you around, and start making. There's (almost) always someone in the space who can show you how to use any of our equipment, and we love learning together!
Who’s in our Community? Roles and Expectations:
Director of Gelardin New Media Center and Maker Hub
Beth Marhanka is the director of the Gelardin New Media Center and the Maker Hub. She oversees the overall mission of the Maker Hub and integrates it into the mission of the Library and University.
Manager of Maker Hub
Don Undeen is the Manager of the Maker Hub. The Manager turns the mission into policies, procedures, and programming. They also make decisions about purchases, and oversees the organization and design of the physical and digital spaces of the Maker Hub.
The Operations Coordinator oversees the day-to-day operations of the Maker Hub, making sure that everyone is getting what they need and our volunteers and staff are being productive. The Ops Coord also oversees the staff calendar.
Volunteers and Work-Study Staff are the backbone of the Maker Hub. They welcome our visitors, help them learn new tools, and provide advice on projects according to their expertise. When not helping visitors, they are cleaning and organizing the space, learning new tools, and working on other projects that improve and promote the Maker Hub. In return for working in the Maker Hub 2 hours per week, volunteers get expanded access to the Maker Hub via a personal keypad access code.
You can become a volunteer by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Work study staff are similar to volunteers, but work more hours, get paid, and take on additional administrative duties. They also have extended access to the Maker Hub via a personal keypad access code.
Maker Neighbors are people that are not directly GU affiliated, but have special expertise that they share with the Maker Hub Community through volunteer hours, mentorshp, and special projects. If you'd like to become a Maker Neighbor, contact email@example.com.
Authorized staff and faculty are GU staff and faculty who go through the volunteer training and get a keypad access code, but are not required to volunteer two hours per week. This status is granted on a case-by-case basis, if the person demonstrates a need for this access and a willingness to abide by Maker Hub policies.
Maker Hub Visitors are anyone GU affiliated (and sometime external guests), who visits the Maker Hub to learn, make, talk, watch, or just hang out. They are welcome during our open hours, and during our closed hours if accompanied by the Director, Manager, Ops Coord, Staff, Volunteer, or Authorized Staff/Faculty. We love them!
How to Get Involved
Join our Slack!
Participate in our online community to share ideas, find collaborators, ask questions, and keep up with all the goings-on by joining our Slack space: https://tinyurl.com/gumh-slack . The Slack space is a bit more internally-focused than the Facebook group, and better for people who are likely to spend time in the physical space.
Join our Facebook Group!
Our Facebook Group is our public face to the online world. Anyone can join it, and it's there that we share our awesome projects (and some of the fails too), post events, re-post cool articles, and invite our friends to see what we're up to. https://www.facebook.com/groups/gumakerhub
Join our awesome Community of Makers at Georgetown, and expand our impact on campus by becoming a Maker Hub Volunteer!
In return for working at least 2 hours a week in the Maker Hub, volunteers get access to the space whenever the Library is open.
How it works:
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest. Let us know what open hours you are available. (Maker Hub is open 12-5 Mon, Fri, Sat, and 5-8 Tues, Wed, Thurs). We’ll work with you to find 2 hours that work best for both of us.
- A time will be scheduled for you to receive volunteer orientation.
- Once you have received orientation and started your shifts, you’ll have access to the Maker Hub during all Library open hours.
Off-hours access rules:
- At least 2 people must be in the Maker Hub at all times.
- At least 1 of those people must be a Maker Hub volunteer or staff.
- Maker Hub volunteers/staff assume responsibility for the actions of everyone in the space during these periods and are responsible for locking up the space when they leave.
The Maker Hub thrives on the generosity of our community. If you value the impact of the Maker Hub on campus, please consider donating!
To Donate Funds
- Go to this link
- Under "Selected Designations" Choose "Other Designation," type in "Library Technology Fund," and enter the amount in the field to the right.
- In the "Special Instructions" box, typchele in "Maker Hub"
- Fill out the rest of your details as appropriate
To Donate Materials
- Our Amazon wishlist is tinyurl.com/gumh-wishlist
- Clearing our your garage or attic? See our “We Take Donations” page on website for list of wanted items.
Maker Hub Staff & Volunteer Community
Lauren Emeritz, Maker Neighbor
Mario Ezekiel H., Maker Neighbor
Pascal Girard, Maker Neighbor
Adam Godet, Maker Neighbor
I love that the Makerhub holds space for people to explore, learn, and create.
Gillian Meyers, 2023
Chelsea Sanchez, Communications Coordinator, 2021 CCT
Hana Chong, 2023 Finance
Joshua Mauss, Operations Coordinator, 2020 Science, Technology, & International Affairs
The Maker Hub is where things can become greater than the sum of their parts.
Kat Woodard, 2022 Culture & Politics
Lucinda Zhu, 2020 College
Mitch Rimerman, 2022 Mathematics, Economics
Simra Ali, 2022 Computer Science
Aaron Joya, 2021 LDT
Alan Balu, 2021 Biochemistry
I love the Maker Hub because it gives me a break from my work and lets me open up my creative side. I can create and build whatever I want!
Alexa Eason, 2020 African American Studies
I appreciate how the Maker Hub empowers individuals to learn how to use the tools within the space through the DIY concept.
Allecia Jones, Latin American Studies
I am Allecia Jones a first-year graduate student in SFS, specifically the Latin American Studies program, who welcomes the opportunity to explore the Maker hub embroidery and laser cutter tools.
I love seeing the variety of projects that people are making and I think it's great that the Makerhub makes such a big range of tools and supplies accessible to everyone.
Andreas Beissel, 2021 CCT
Ayla Deconti, 2020 CLAS
Cameron McKay, 2020 Neuroscience (PhD)
Camille Vincent, 2021 LDT
Chelsea Hafer, 2022 Sociology
Chiara Lewis, 2020 Anthropology
Cindy Lu, 2021 Marketing
Darsh Parthasarathy, 2021 CCT
Dominique Haywood, 2020 CCT
Hang Liu, 2021 CCT
Hao Shen, 2021 CCT
Ijeoma Njaka, 2019 LDT
I love being able to make things with and for other people.
Jack Morton, 2020
Kate Gregory, 2021 Art & Art History
Kelly Thomas, 2022 Computer Science
Kelvin Doe, 2023 College
Kit Katz, 2020 College