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3D Printing and Makerspaces

Event Type: Face-to-Face
Date: 6/17/2014
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 12:00 PM
Affordable 3D printers are one of the biggest technological developments in the past few years. These printers allow anyone with minimum technical skills to create, build and prototype objects until now only possible by expensive equipment. During this in-person session, attendees will see how 3D printers are used and will gain a high level overview of how they work, get an opportunity to interact with one and experience how an idea constructed in software can become a reality by printing actual objects. The workshop will explore how libraries are using 3D Printers as a key component of Makerspace areas within their walls and beyond 3D Printers what maker tools you can implement within your library.

This session will focus on:
- 3D printing basics
- Determining if a 3D printer is something your library should acquire
- Introduction to 3D creation software
- Why libraries should be at the forefront of the Makerspace movement
- How libraries can set-up a Makerspace within their library

Academic Library staff will be interested in this workshop because
Makerspaces are part of the paradigm shift to a culture of hands on learning. Academic Librarians will learn the basics and value for creating a Makerspace within their library. A great article on the value of Makerspaces in an Academic Setting is here.

Public Library staff will find this training beneficial because as libraries move from a consumption space to a creator space, the maker movement is at the forefront. No matter (the size of) a public libraries budget, this class will show the benefit to having a Makerspace and the resources to offer maker tools and programs to your users. Makerspaces fit well with the libraries role of helping educate and assist with local development.

School Librarians and Media Specialists will find the exploration of Makerspaces as essential learning. Makerspaces in schools are a growing trend and help keep the library in the forefront of learning in schools. We will explore not just the how – but the why this is essential for school libraries.

Special Libraries will be interested in this workshop because it will help Special libraries understand the importance of 3D printing in all industries – from rapid prototypes to medical devices, 3D printing can transform businesses and special libraries are in a unique position to help companies with this transition.

Location: SWFLN Office: 13120 Westlinks Terrace, Unit 3 Fort Myers, FL 33913 (239) 313-6338
Registration Ends: 6/10/2014 at 12:00 AM
Other Information:
 Diana Silveira is the President of Novare Library Services, a company that focuses on web, mobile and infrastructure services for libraries. Previous to starting Novare Library Services, she was the Virtual Reference Manager for Florida’s Ask a Librarian Service and coordinator for Florida’s Statewide Delivery System. She presents regularly on implementing technology, best practices and privacy issues online. She also works with libraries to deploy new technologies and develop new mobile and desktop websites.
Contact: Jose A. Rodriguez-Valdes
Contact Number: (239) 313-6338
Presenter: Diana Silveira
Status: Waiting List

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