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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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Ingram Content Group Launches On-Demand Journals Program

“Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced the launch of a comprehensive, on-demand print and fulfillment journals program that will reshape the traditional supply chain in journal publishing. “Using an on-demand business model for journals will help publishers become more efficient in the distribution and production of journal content,” said Phil Ollila, Chief Content Officer, Ingram Content Group. Ingram Content Group’s solution provides publishers with the tools to effectively manage their print journals, from file set-up to print on demand to delivery. From an easy-to-use website, publishers can upload and manage content and subscription lists, designate fulfillment requirements, place print orders for direct delivery to their subscribers, as well as order one-off issues for claims fulfillment.”

via Ingram

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3D printing: coming to a library near you

Smart Planet – “A few months back, we talked about the challenges faced by libraries in the era of ebooks, digital information and shrinking budgets. An emerging idea, now being pioneered at one New York state library, is to offer 3D printing facilities to enable constituents to develop and innovate new ideas and products.”

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Fastcase Takes Printing to the Cloud

PR Web – “Legal publisher Fastcase today launched a suite of Fastcase Cloud Printing applications for legal research that allow one-click case printing from many legal applications. The suite launched this morning with the first three three printing applications, for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, and a case finder application for law firm intranets.”

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