More than just Yoda: The role of 3D printing in the research and teaching mission of the library


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More than just Yoda: The role of 3D printing in the research and teaching mission of the library
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ACRL STS Poster Session, American Library Association Annual Conference
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Russell Gonzalez, Sara ( Author, Primary )
Bennett, Denise Beaubien ( Author, Primary )
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3D printers are a popular addition to library makerspaces yet retain the perception of lacking serious academic purpose and only suitable for trivial uses. Many sci-tech librarians would like to purchase a 3D printer but are unsure how to justify the cost or the added service. We will present use cases that highlight the exciting opportunities that 3D printing in the library provides to STEM researchers and students. These examples range across engineering to mathematics and the hard sciences and include both opportunities for incorporation into class assignments as well as visualization for research purposes. We will also give strategies for gathering institutional support that include contacting faculty who teach design-based courses that could include a 3D printed project; identifying researchers in key disciplines that benefit from custom-made tools; and locating student groups that will benefit from the 3D printing service. Identifying faculty and researchers in advance can strengthen funding proposals as well as “elevator pitches” to library and university administrators by demonstrating that a 3D printer supports research and teaching as well as tinkering. Adding a 3D printing service can strengthen the library’s role as a center for creative thinking and collaboration that serves the entire academic community.
Collected for University of Florida's Institutional Repository by the UFIR Self-Submittal tool. Submitted by Sara Russell Gonzalez.

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