Odum Library MakerSpace Policies

The purpose of the MakerSpace is to provide library patrons access to various computing, media, and other digital technologies that support their educational or personal creative goals and endeavors.

General Policies

  • The MakerSpace is open during normal library hours but closes one hour prior to library closing.
  • No food or drinks of any kind are permitted.
  • The MakerSpace may be reserved in one hour increments for as much time is needed via our MakerSpace reservation form. Patrons are required to check in at the circulation desk and present a valid ID to receive a key to the MakerSpace.
  • To be eligible to reserve the makerspace a patron must :
    • Be a current Valdosta State University student, faculty member, staff member
    • Present a current Valdosta State University ID
  • A key to the MakerSpace will be checked out to an individual using a valid ID. The individual who checks out the key will be considered the main user and is responsible for any damage or misuse of MakerSpace equipment or the key, even if a group is working on a project together. Users must not leave equipment unattended while it is checked out to them.
  • If the patron requires additional time past their originally reserved time and there is space available, the user may receive additional time in 30-minute increments.
  • If you are having trouble with the equipment, please contact staff at the circulation desk, but be aware that they may not be able to fix your problem immediately.
  • The MakerSpace coordinator can assist patrons in using the MakerSpace resources to the extent that other duties and patron demands will allow.
  • For privacy purposes, it is the responsibility of the library patrons to delete and/or remove any of their files (digital or print) from library equipment in the MakerSpace.
  • Users must provide their own external storage devices and/or media. All images, videos, recordings and projects will be removed from the MakerSpace terminals after use.
  • The library is not responsible for equipment or files (digital or print) left behind.
  • The library is not responsible for damage to a user’s disk or computer, nor for the loss of data or information, nor for liability that occurs from the  use of the library’s internet connection, library software, or hardware.
  • Be respectful to the next person coming to use the MakerSpace. Save your work in a timely manner. Please note that larger files take longer to save.
  • Any work saved on the MakerSpace computer will be deleted once you are logged off and cannot be recovered.

Computer Use Policies

 Computer Users agree to:

  • Be courteous to other library patrons and other MakerSpace users.

  • Comply with all rules, procedures, and restrictions developed by the university in the Information Resources Acceptable Use Policy.

  • Accept responsibility for the security of the information they give on the web, such as personal information and credit card numbers.

  • Respect copyright laws and licensing agreements.

Computer Users agree not to:

  • Use the MakerSpace’s computers for illegal activities, advertising, lobbying, or commercial purposes.
  • Modify any hardware or software on the MakerSpace computers without express written permission from the MakerSpace coordinator.

Fines and Fees for Equipment and Keys

Fines and Fees for Late, Lost, or Stolen Keys:

  • The key is due back to the main circulation desk at the end of the period the patron has reserved the makerspace. 
  • Patrons will be subject to a $1 fee for each hour past the key’s return time.
  • Patrons who lost the key or had the key stolen will be subject to a charge that includes the price of replacing the key they were issued.

     

Damaged Items:

  • If any item in the MakerSpace is found to be in a permanently unusable or damaged condition after the patron has finished using the MakerSpace, the patron will be subject to a charge that includes the price of replacing the item.

Missing or Stolen Equipment: 

  • If any item in the MakerSpace goes missing or is stolen during the period when a patron is using the MakerSpace, the patron will be subject to a charge that includes the price of replacing the item.

 

User Agreement

First time users must read the MakerSpace Policies and Procedures and sign the agreement form stating that they will comply with the rules and they are financially responsible for any misuse or damage to MakerSpace equipment or keys.

Violation of the rules, responsibilities, and agreements set forth in these policies, may result in disciplinary action. At the discretion of the library staff, loss of library privileges for violation of these policies may occur. Severe violations of university-wide policies may result in disciplinary actions from the University, the Board of Regents, or legal action as defined by those policies.