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Cyber Science 3D and Gale Partner to Create 3D Science Products for the Library Market

“The partnership will pair Gale’s content expertise with Cyber Science’s 2D and 3D interactive capabilities in multiple science subjects. “We have been interested in Cyber Science 3D’s unique immersive and interactive software and educational content for quite some time,” said Liz Mason, Vice President of Product for Gale. “We are very pleased that we will be working closely with Cyber Science 3D’s talented team as we look to expand our portfolio of science resources.” The strategic partnership allows for a combination of Gale’s extensive database resources with Cyber Science 3D’s immersive educational technologies. The resulting collection of integrated products will deliver vivid content to enhance both teaching and learning experiences.” (via Cengage)

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San Diego Central Library To Expand Popular 3D Printer Lab

“The Maker Lab at San Diego Central Library, filled with public 3D printers for the public to use, will soon expand due to its overwhelming popularity. “It’s amazing, it’s rad!” said Donny Monsell, a San Diego college student who spent a recent afternoon printing plastic embryo heart tubes. He has been using the printers to make six 3D models for his Embryology class. “I was here for three hours yesterday and it was awesome.” (via NBC San Diego)

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Libraries Make Space For 3-D Printers; Rules Are Sure To Follow

“At hundreds of libraries across the U.S., 3-D printers can sometimes be heard whirring in the background, part of an effort to encourage interest in the new technology and foster DIY “maker spaces.” In some libraries, officials have begun to set restrictions on the 3-D printers amid concerns about how they’ll be used. At the University City Public Library in St. Louis, Patrick Wall recently printed a green plastic sword from the game Minecraft.” (via NPR)

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In North Jersey, libraries of tomorrow are ready to turn the page

“It looks like a scene from Google headquarters. A group of young inventors darts around the room, tackling a new experiment each week: build a flying machine, print a 3D object, design a new instrument, make an explosion with Popsicle sticks. The energetic buzz is punctuated by the occasional exclamation, “That’s so cool!” But this is no Google headquarters. This is the Hillsdale Public Library, and its dedication to hands-on collaborative learning exemplifies a movement by libraries nationwide to redefine themselves in the digital age. “Rather than it being a solitary place to come on your own, we’re seeing it now as a place for people to come together and share their expertise,” said Dave Franz, the library director. While libraries were created to give people access to information, he added, now they are being expanded to include access to tools.” (via NorthJersey.com)

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Making It Real: 3D Printing as a Library Service

“The New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) have repeatedly identified 3D printing as an important development in educational technology, most recently forecasting a mere two to three years before widespread adoption. 1 What will that mean for higher education and society? How will such services impact practices of higher education and potentially learning itself? What can those tasked with provisioning such services expect and plan for? In early 2012, the DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), became one of the first academic libraries in the United States to provide 3D printing and scanning support as a library service explicitly available to all UNR students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public.2 Following a successful launch, the services were quickly adopted as a key component of the library’s support of UNR’s learning, teaching, and research missions.” (via EDUCAUSE.edu)

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ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign

“The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of “Progress in the Making,”…a new educational campaign that will explore the public policy opportunities and challenges of 3D printer adoption by libraries. Today, the association released “Progress in the Making: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Public Policy,” a tip sheet that provides an overview of 3D printing, describes a number of ways libraries are currently using 3D printers, outlines the legal implications of providing the technology, and details ways that libraries can implement simple yet protective 3D printing policies in their own libraries.” (via ALA)

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Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers

“Visit the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library and you’ll find the usual stuff: rows of books, magazines, and computers. But walk up to the fourth floor and there’s something unexpected. It’s a “makerspace”—complete with a laser cutter, a zine lab for making paper publications, and a 3-D printer. There’s even a loom.” (via WIRED)

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“With most of its 137 million objects kept behind the scenes or in a faraway museum, the Smithsonian Institution is launching a new 3D scanning and printing initiative to make more of its massive collection accessible to schools, researchers and the public worldwide. A small team has begun creating 3D models of some key objects that represent the breadth of the collection at the world’s largest museum complex. Some of the first 3D scans include the Wright brothers’ first airplane, Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, casts of President Abraham Lincoln’s face during the Civil War and a Revolutionary War gunboat. Less familiar objects include a former slave’s horn, a missionary’s gun from the 1800s and a woolly mammoth fossil from the Ice Age. They are pieces of history some people may hear about but rarely see or touch.” (via The Associated Press)


Library expands campus access to 3D printers

“The 3D Lab, part of the University of Michigan Library’s Digital Media Commons on north campus, is expanding campus access to 3D printers thanks to a grant from the university’s Third Century Initiative. Six Cube printers currently reside in the 3D Lab, located in the Duderstadt Center, along with free material, tutorials, and support for those ready to experiment. In the next few weeks, the Cube printers will relocate to other spaces around the Duderstadt Center, and early next year they will be made available on central campus.” (via University of Michigan)

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3-D printing: Public libraries’ latest step into the digital world

“You never know when you’ll need a 3-D printer. They can cost anywhere from $400 to $25,000, which is a bit much if you’re trying to “print” (somehow, that seems like the wrong verb) a plastic cookie-cutter you’ve downloaded off the Internet or a kids’ toy, two popular uses. But if you live in Washington, D.C., or Cleveland, you can stop by your local public library and use one for a small fee.” (via latimes.com)

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