Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Where to Buy Makespace Suppllies

Finding vendors is one of the most difficult aspects of setting up a makerspace. Ali Express and Amazon are awesome places to pick out inexpensive supplies such a coin batteries in bulk or bulk LED lights for a nice price. But, they don't take P.O.'s, so the struggle becomes how much can I pay out of my own pocket? I don't worry about this as much as I use to there are some great vendors out there who now package and prepare makerspace materials for the busy librarian. At the Texas Library Association Conference, I recently discovered two vendors who sell makerspace kits. Maker Maven will customize a makerspace box with multiple activities or they offer several kits with about ten activities each. They include the consumables needed too which is great for a busy librarian. Follett now sells makerspace kits that cost $50.00 on average. Barnes and Noble now offers makerspace resources such as Little Bits, Makey Makey, Ozobots, and etc. As library vendors get into the makerspace business, it will make it easier for the busy library to set up and maintain a makerspace.

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