February 16, 2018

Adam Rogers | Movers & Shakers 2015 — Community Builders

Adam Rogers


Emerging Technology Services Librarian, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh

MS, Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010

@adrogersam; adamrogers.info

Photo by Charles Samuels, NC State University Libraries

Creation Collaborator

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.

Since its January 2013 launch, “Our 3-D printing service has had about 650 unique users, and [we have] completed over 3,500 prints for our users,” Rogers says. Notable projects include a tactile map for blind pedestrians created by NC State’s Institute for Transportation Research and Education and prototypes of Jar with a Twist, an innovative container for sticky substances developed by undergraduates at the NCSU Engineering Entrepreneurs program. A second Maker space, to open in spring 2015 at the NCSU D.H. Hill Library, will offer sewing machines, soldering irons, and a Lilypad Arduino for wearable electronics.

The Maker space isn’t the only way that Rogers introduces technology to patrons. Rogers, along with colleagues Adrienne Lai and Anne Burke, created NCSU Libraries’ Mobile Scavenger Hunt, an engaging library-orientation program that won the 2012 Association of College and Research Libraries College Library Section ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award. The gamified approach has been run for more than 90 classes each year since 2011, and its design and materials have been shared with 25 other libraries.

His commitment to bringing the Maker movement to the public prompted Rogers to cofound NCSU Makes, a collaborative working group comprised of faculty and staff from the university; he’s also given talks and demonstrations at various North Carolina museums. In addition, Rogers is involved with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Supporting Making in Libraries and Museums grant project, which is working on “a framework for Maker spaces in libraries and museums,” he says.

“I feel strongly that tools such as 3-D printing and Arduino are things that anyone on campus can start working with,” Rogers says. In teaching these tools to users, he aims to show “that they are not just for engineers and designers but are general tools for creative problem-solving with technology.”

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