In the event of an emergency, please deal with it and let a director know what happened as soon as it's safe to do so. There is a list of emergency contacts on the red phone in the front room.
The Halifax Makerspace is a member-driven organization. This means you! Directors are there to make sure we stay in business, but anyone can join in and have fun helping out. If you're thinking of becoming a director and want some information before you commit, here are a few books that you can check out from the public library:
The Halifax Regional Municipality's Volunteer Services also runs a 10-week course twice a year called “Step Up To Leadership” which covers all the basics of running a volunteer-based organization: https://www.halifax.ca/about-halifax/volunteering/step-leadership
The directors and members are responsible for the smooth(ish) running of the space. The more reliably we follow our procedures, the smoother it will run. If you have a question or concern, please contact a director.
Nobody is to modify or experiment with our security systems, locks, or server unless it's been explicitly approved by the board. If you want a sandbox system to experiment with re: security vulnerabilities, ask around and there might be some stuff you can have.
Paper towel, cleaning supplies, printer toner, etc. run out. If you notice we're out of something, put it on the shopping list on the clipboard in the front room and tell a director. If it's not obvious why we'd need it, put a note by it with an explanation (like “4 AAA batteries for wireless doorbell”).
If you use “a lot” of glue, solder, screws, sandpaper, or other consumables, (or if you cut through a nail and dull a saw blade) please replace them, or put it on the clipboard shopping list and put enough money in the donation box to cover it. If you use half of a $16 bottle of glue, put $8 in the piggy bank. If you use half a dozen wood screws, don't worry about it. We encourage members to bring their own consumables for sizable projects, but aim to have enough consumables around that members have them at hand when they're required. We don't want to nickel and dime our members.
Wherever possible, label your stuff and keep it in your own storage area. Your measuring tape looks exactly like mine. Your $120 unlabeled sheet of furniture grade baltic birch plywood might not be distinguishable from a donated sheet of construction grade plywood to someone building a wood scrap bin for the woodshop. :)
The fridge is stocked with water and pop. Please pay the piggy if you take something. If you bring in your own fridgables, please label them with your name and date, and remember to be courteous with fridge space. It's a small fridge. We will clean out the fridge from time to time. We will try to give notice
At a minimum, if you make a mess, clean it up. Leave our workspaces at least as clean as you find them. Put tools back where they go.
Things like cleaning bathrooms and areas that get dirty gradually are always contentious in shared spaces like ours, so we'll have to figure this out as we go along.
Bins are at the back of the building for garbage, recycling, and cardboard. If you see one of these need taken out, please do it and replace the bags (located in the kitchenette). Make sure you close the bin lids.
There tends to be ample free parking spots, especially evenings and weekends.
Please be courteous with internet use. We have Eastlink service, 50 down/5 up. This is good enough for most of our uses most of the time, but it ain't blazing. If a member is skyping, etc. please don't stream Netflix.
NEVER torrent anything illegally at the Makerspace. We do NOT want to deal with letters from our ISP.
The wifi password is written down somewhere in the space. Ask someone where it is. Please do not share our wifi password with non-members.
There is a red landline phone in the space. If it rings, feel free to answer it. Feel free to use it to call local numbers. Do not make long distance calls. The phone number is 902-407-0206.
We get mail at a community box. Mail is checked infrequently. It's best not to have anything delivered to the Makerspace, but if you must, let a director know to expect it. If anyone puts anything through the slot in the door, please put it aside in an obvious place and let a director know.
Halifax Makerspace Society is a non-profit, registered with the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks. Our Bylaws