November 21, 2017

Nick Grove | Movers & Shakers 2016 – Tech Leaders

As a new teen specialist at Meridian Library District in 2011, Nick Grove drew on a disengaged after-school crowd to grow program attendance by 233 percent in three years, partly by buying teen-relevant technology, such as six 3-D printers. Grove capitalized on those purchases: when he challenged a bored teen to read a chapter in a book, the teen read three and was rewarded with a 3-D version of the book’s logo. “We struggled for two months together,” says Grove, “to figure out how to print the logo; the teen became an advocate for library programs…and a bigger advocate for the book.”

UMass Amherst Library Opens 3-D Printing Innovation Center

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst on March 26 hosted the grand opening of its new MakerBot Innovation Center. Part of the library’s Digital Media Lab, the Innovation Center features 50 3-D printers, several desktop 3-D scanners, and MakerBot’s proprietary Innovation Center Management Platform, which links all 50 printers together, enabling print queuing and mass production of 3-D prints. UMass Amherst is the first institution to offer such large-scale access to 3-D printing within a library setting.

Adam Rogers | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Adam Rogers “is always working with an eye toward democratizing access to the latest technologies for our users,” says David Goldsmith, associate director for materials management at North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries. One of the ways Rogers does this is through his leadership of the Hunt Library Maker space, which features 3-D printing, scanning, and laser cutting; electronics prototyping kits; and workshops to acquaint potential users with these tools.

Academic Movers 2014: In Depth with Vincent Scalfani

In the latest in our series of interviews with 2014’s Library Journal Movers & Shakers from academic backgrounds, sponsored by SAGE, we talk to University of Alabama (UA) librarian Vincent Scalfani. With a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Colorado, Scalfani now serves as the Science and Engineering librarian at UA, where he oversees programs like the university’s 3-D printing studio, while also teaching classes in the chemistry department to help graduate students better understand the research tools available to them, as well as how to more effectively communicate their work in journal articles and presentations.

University of Oregon Science Libraries Back Up Fossils with 3D Printer

At the University of Oregon (UO), staff at the Science Library have only had an in-house 3D printer for a few months, but have wasted no time putting the new equipment to use. At the beginning of January, the library printed a 3D model of a rare fossil in the UO paleontology department’s collection—the remains of a 5-million-year old saber toothed salmon.

U. Nevada Library Offers 3D Printing Across the Board

  (This story has been revised to show that the 3D printers in the Fayetteville Free Library were donated.) The DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno, has become the first academic library in the U.S. to offer 3D printing and scanning services to all students and the community at large. […]