3D Printing

3D Printers and Library Policy: Cool Technology Needs Rules Too

When a new and exciting technology comes around, such as a 3D printer, it can be easy to forget about rules and policies. And yet, no matter how cool that 3D printer might make your library look, it's still a piece of public use technology. And public use technology requires clear rules and policies.

Libraries Lead the 3D Printing Revolution

Libraries have the power to impact young people in so many ways. But for Matthew Shields, a nine-year-old in Kansas, a library transformed his way of life. Shields was born with only a thumb on his right hand. Thanks to a family friend and his local library, he now has a 3D-printed prosthetic hand with fingers that curl, grasp, and help him perform everyday tasks.   

Coming Soon: Johnson County Library (KS) Makerspace

Thanks to Meredith Nelson, Business Reference Librarian at the Johnson County (KS) Library, I have now seen a 3D printer up close and personal! Meredith provided me with a sneak preview of the library’s brand new makerspace, which will soon be open to the public.

Spotlight on Creativity and Innovation

Have you had a chance to read our new Library Spotlight? It profiles Debbie Moss, Assistant Director at the Orange County Library System in Orlando, FL. In addition to a thorough analysis of bandwidth challenges and opportunities at the library, the spotlight also mentions that the library is building the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology Innovation and Creativity.

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