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Should Libraries Censor What is 3D Printed Within Their Walls? - 3DPrint.com

Should Libraries Censor What is 3D Printed Within Their Walls? - 3DPrint.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

BY BRIAN KRASSENSTEIN:

"As more libraries begin adopting this amazing technology, and the general public begins to realize the vast number of applications for such a technology, I believe that a number of new questions will have to be answered by those overseeing its use.  Questions such as “Should we allow anyone of any age to use our printers?”, “Should we censor what is printed by these machines?”and “What sort of oversight and rules should be put into place?”

 

David Lee King and Kate Marek give their opinions.

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Some thoughts on 3D printing in libraries!

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Smithsonian goes 3D

Smithsonian goes 3D | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Xeni Jardin:

"Jessica Sadeq from the Smithsonian shares big news--the Institution has launched the Smithsonian X 3D Collection and 3-D explorer[Twitter]. They've gathered data on some of the most treasured items in the archives, and they're encouraging people who work with 3D printers to help them explore new ways of using the data."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Videos and pictures of how 3D scanning are being used at the Smithsonian - Interesting!

"Data used to support research, as well as puiblic access tool!"

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Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs

Why public libraries should follow Chicago's lead and build maker labs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Chicago opened a maker lab in one of its public libraries today. Most maker spaces carry a membership fee of $50-200 a month or are located in an institution like a university, where you are required to be a student or staff member to access equipment. A free lab that is open to the public is a novel concept that will hopefully be a lot more common in the future.

The lab at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center will stock three MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers, two laser cutters, a milling machine and a vinyl cutter, plus a selection of software. A $249,999 grant will sustain its operation through the end of 2013, at which point it will be re-evaluated. The city will also consider adding maker spaces to other library locations.

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Free maker lab!

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3D printers turn library into place of dreams

3D printers turn library into place of dreams | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By LAURESHA XHIHANI:

WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) — The hottest attraction at the Westport Library is not a book or collection of DVDs, but rather two manufacturing units.

At the heart of the spacious library, an area called MakerSpace has been carved out to encourage creativity and the spirit of invention. Inside the space are two MakerBot Replicator machines — 3D printers, as they are more commonly known.

The stuff they can do is amazing.



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/3D-printers-turn-library-into-place-of-dreams-4265293.php#ixzz2KZd7GCqz

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Libraries of the future!

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Westport Public Library unveils "Maker Space" - The Hour

Westport Public Library unveils "Maker Space"- The Hour

 

"The "Maker Space," located in the Great Hall of the Westport Public Library, provides a place for people to tinker with their ideas by taking them on a journey from imagination to actual production. Unveiled on July 2, the space is the first of its kind to be opened inside a library in Connecticut under the notion that libraries should adapt to meet the modern needs of the people they serve."

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"Equipped with a 3D printer, which creates three-dimensional objects from digital files, the interactive workspace crafted to resemble a house, is chock full of technology to help bring your invention to life. In essence, the Maker Space acts as a home for the "garage inventor" and tinkerer who uses technology to create something new."

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Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces - video

Public Libraries, 3D Printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces - video | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Video of Lauren’s final project for the “Innovation in Public Libraries” class taught by Meg Backus and Thomas Gokey

 

"We want to see 3D printing, FabLabs and Hackerspaces become a regular feature--in addition to its other services--at every public library in the country. This is a description of our proposal to create a FabLab in the Fayetteville Free Library and gives a brief introduction to what 3D printing is and how revolutionary it will be for those who are unfamiliar with it. A FabLab is a fabrication laboratory (or a fabulous laboratory).

A hackerspace is just a public library under a different name (although I’m not aware of any hackerspaces that are publicly funded, its time to change that!).

It is a place where people gather to share their knowledge and help each other make whatever project they are currently working on. This video was made in support of Lauren Britton-Smedley’s proposal to create a pilot FabLab at the Fayetteville Free Library.

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Library to get a hackerspace - Boing Boing

Library to get a hackerspace - Boing Boing | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The Fayetteville Free Library is installing a hackerspace/fablab with 3D printers, CNC routers and other equipment, available free to the public as a community space for making. The project is led by librarian Lauren Smedley..." 

 

"The Fayetteville Free Library where Smedley works is building a Fab Lab — short for fabrication laboratory — that will provide free public access to machines and software for manufacturing and making things."

 

"The potential for 3D printers to revolutionize manufacturing as we know it is huge: imagine being able to design and then manufacture — or “print” — whatever you want. Moreoever, imagine the tools of manufacturing being in the hands of everyone, not just giant factories (and remember, since this is a public library, this is really putting the technology in the hands of everyone, not just those that can afford a membership at a traditional hackerspace)."

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

University of Oregon Science Libraries Back Up Fossils with 3D Printer - Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
By Ian Chant:

"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."

Karen du Toit's insight:

Great use of a 3D printer in the library

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3D Printing in Libraries: Justin the Librarian's experience

3D Printing in Libraries: Justin the Librarian's experience | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

AT FIRST you will have a mix of emotions.  The machine is scary because you’ve never seen anything like it before.  There it is, sitting there, printing something really neato out of a spool of plastic.  You’ll want to jump right in and print something out for yourself.  You want to use the machine.  You need to use the machine.

YOUR FIRST FEW ATTEMPTS will most likely fail.  This is a great thing because you will learn a lot.  I highly suggest that you browse around on Thingiverse for a bit, find something that you would like to print and use that to get familiar with 3D printing.

(...used Makerbot 3D printers so far.  I have seen other 3D printers but I have not spent much time with them.)

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Interesting to hear the perspective from a librarian!

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3ders.org - 3D Printing in Libraries Around the World | News & 3D Printing News

3ders.org - 3D Printing in Libraries Around the World | News & 3D Printing News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Since late 2011, when the Fayetteville Public Library received widespread media attention for its hackerspace, 3D printers slowly began appearing in libraries around the world, particularly in the United States.
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Phil Bradley's weblog: 3D printing - is it for libraries?

Phil Bradley's weblog: 3D printing - is it for libraries? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

3D printing is something that I've been noticing for a while kicking around the edge of the profession, and a discussion on Twitter yesterday based on a blog posting 'Mission Creep - a 3D printer will not save your library' by Hugh Rundle ...

 

Link: http://hughrundle.net/2013/01/02/mission-creep-a-3d-printer-will-not-save-your-library/

 

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 Video link to what 3D print is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XEKns8T7yUA

 

Phil Bradley's insight: 

We need to continually demonstrate that we - both the information professionals AND the libraries themselves, are an integral part of the community and benefit everyone in it - not just the current members, but everybody.

Karen du Toit's insight:

3D printing does have a place in the library of the future! I agree!

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Smithsonian building archive of printable 3D scans - Boing Boing

Smithsonian building archive of printable 3D scans - Boing Boing | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Cory Doctorow:

"New Scientist Smithsonian building archive of printable 3D scans -Boing Boing..."

 

"Sarah Taylor Sulick from the Smithsonian sez, "Unfortunately we have no plans to make 3D scans of our collection freely available for the public to print. The CNET story is a bit misleading on that point. Our 3-D team mentioned that we COULD go there theoretically, but as of right now it is not part of our plan. The reality is also that we have 137M objects in our collection and only 2 people working on this project. So we are no where near being able to scan everything and essentially never will be."

Now, with that high-end scanner, as well as less expensive tools that include normal digital cameras and freely available cloud-based digitization software, Metallo and his fellow 3D digitization coordinator Vince Rossi are slowly setting out to begin building a new Smithsonian digital archive. They hope this initiative will eventually lead to scores of 3D printed exhibits, as well as countless 3D models that could theoretically be used in the museums, in schools, or just about anywhere people have an interest in the Smithsonian's vast physical holdings..."

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Libraries Make Room For 'Hackerspaces' : NPR

'As information becomes more and more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create "hackerspaces," where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools as well as expertise.'

 

'The Allen County Public Library, which serves the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., has a modest hackerspace inside a trailer in its parking lot. Library director Jeff Krull says hosting it is consistent with the library's mission.'

 

"We see the library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind business," he says. "We feel this is really in that spirit, that we provide a resource to the community that individuals would not be able to have access to on their own."

 

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