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A place to gather, create, learn and collaborate on projects

What is a Makerspace?

From the Makerspace Playbook

"Learning environments rich with possibilities, Makerspaces serve as gathering points where communities of new and experienced makers connect to work on real and personally meaningful projects, informed by helpful mentors and expertise, using new technologies and traditional tools."

"The origin of the Maker movement is found in something quite personal: what we might call experimental play. Makers are enthusiasts who play with technology to learn about it. A new technology presents an invitation to play, and makers regard this kind of play as highly satisfying. Makers give it a try; they take things apart; and they try to do things that even the manufacturer didn’t think of doing. Whether it’s figuring out what you can do with a 3D printer or an autonomous drone aircraft, makers are exploring what they can do and learning as they explore. Out of that process emerges new ideas, which may lead to real-world applications or new business ventures. Making is a source of innovation."

Xavier University Library's Innovation Studio

The Xavier University of Louisiana Library's Innovation Studio complements and expands the library’s role in supporting a holistic learning environment and promoting a cycle of life-long learning among students and faculty. The Innovation Studio empowers members of the Xavier community to transform their ideas into a new reality by making something tangible or visible. Members of the community will engage with the equipment and materials, but more importantly with each other, so as to test new concepts, discover solutions to problems, and use their intellect and creativity in new ways

The Innovation Studio is open to all students, faculty and staff.  We have 3D Printers, CNC Mills, A Full Spectrum Laser cutter, a Brother Sewing Machine, A Juke Serger, Crochet Needles and Yarn, Cross stitch Materials, Cricut Explore, Raspberry Pi, Arduino boards and kits.  

Patrons are welcome to use the machines to create and collaborate on projects to test new ideas, after signing in and training with Innovation studio staff.    

Currently, there is no charge for the use of the Studio or materials.  If you bring your own material, please check with the staff to make sure it is appropriate for the equipment.  

If you have a specific project in mind that you'd like to make, we encourage you to contact us at innovationstudio@xula.edu before you come in to see how we can help. 

We have various colors of PLA filament, plywood, clear acrylic, yarn, fabric swatches, various colors of thread, cardstock, and other crafting materials. Stop by to see our full inventory and discover what you can make!

Hours

The Innovation Studio is also available outside of normal hours of operation via appointment. To make an appointment, please email the Innovation Studio

Monday - 1-4pm

Tuesday - 1-4pm

Wednesday - 1-4pm

Thursday 1-7pm

Friday - Closed

We're located on the 2nd Floor of the Library, near the Individual Study Rooms. 

Contact

Mary George

504-520-5294

mgeorge@xula.edu

Contact

Jane Fiegel 

504-520-5056

jfiegel@xula.edu