Monday, October 26, 2015

3D Printing, Libraries, and Articles! Oh My!

As more libraries are able to play with 3D printers they see how communities can use them. Though still expensive, the price of 3D printers continues to go down while the quality of the equipment gets better. It's important to remember, however, that there should be programs and projects that revolve around the 3D printer and, more importantly, the makerspace / content creation programs the library implements.
3D Printer at Fab Lab
3D printer at Fab Lab. Photo courtesy of Keith Kissel

A couple of articles have come out recently discussing 3D printers in libraries. Ben Miller, a former library director and currently assistant director at Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning, was quoted in a recent Isthmus article on 3D printers in public libraries. Ben points out that, "The end result should be empowering and teaching people to use this technology" and that public libraries are a great place to introduce technology to the community.

Another publication offers several articles on 3D printers in libraries and how they are being used. The Association for Information and Science and Technology (ASIS&T) discusses how 3D printers work well with digital fabrication, how they can help connect with the classroom, support engineering programs, and more. A breakdown of the articles is listed below:

Written by:
Ryan Claringbole, Public Library Development Team