Defining Makerspaces: Part 2


(Wordcloud above created from the Twitter posts below)

Last week, someone criticized my makerspace as not being a “real” Makerspace because it does’t have power tools and suggested that I research what “real makerspaces” are.  Part one of my response to this criticism was my post last week where I looked for definitions from a variety of research and writing on makerspaces.  Today, I’m looking at what the Twitterverse had to say.

Here’s my original tweet out:

And here’s what Twitter had to say:

I later asked for people to share pictures of their #realmakerspaces.  Here’s some of the amazing tweets I received:


blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” lang=”en”>@DianaLRendina Here you go!

Diana Rendina, MLIS, is the media specialist at Tampa Preparatory School, an independent 6-12 in Tampa, FL. Previously, she was the media specialist at Stewart Middle Magnet School for seven years, where she founded their library makerspace. She is the creator of the blog She was a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest from 2015-2018. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves and is also the author Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget.


  1. Makerspaces FOR THE (em effin’) WIN!!!!

    Haters gonna hate, Diana. But teachers and students and librarians and parents and stakeholders and the whole TWITTERVERSE is gonna just keep on LOVING.

    Thanks for being you and for all of the GOOD you’re putting into school libraries and our profession!


    _ Matthew

  2. […] In Part 2, I go into the amazing, inspiring responses I received on Twitter asking “How do you define a makerspace?” Feel free to tweet me your definition @DianaLRendina – I’m loving hearing everyone’s perspective.  Also, please tweet me pictures of your makerspaces, be they classroom, school, library, community, cart, etc, and include the hashtag #realmakerspace.  I want to crowdsource a variety of views on what makerspaces look like. […]

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