Neither will there be one role, nor will it be decided by one entity – From being a place for learning, for having fun, for interacting with friends and fellow makers, for getting a certificate, for adding a line to one’s resume, to justifying a budget line item to a bureaucrat, to achieving a vision of learning, and so on, the role of a makerspace will always be in the eye of the beholder.
Don’t treat it like a traditional thing, boxed and neatly accounted for. A makerspace will be messy, both inside and outside the bounds, welcoming, inclusive, informal, counter-cultural, questioning, inquisitive, curious. More than anything, it will be fun.
Update: Am I saying the above just to be different? No. For one, I really mean everything I say above. But there is a strategic reason as well. If you create a conventional box around a makerspace, it will be judged by the rules of that box. If you treat it as a profit-making venture, you will live or die by the profit you make. If you position it as a place that can give an impressive resumé-boasting right or a certificate to the maker, they will judge you as to the results your certificate can deliver. On the other hand, treating it as something unique in its own right, as it is and should be, you stand outside the conventional judgmental frameworks.