3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab Libguide >>
Primarily responsible for creation and weekly update of "Resources" page.
The Invention Dimension >>
Responsible for twice weekly articles on service blog, detailing current projects and 3D printing news.
#gerstein3Dprinting on Twitter >>
Client and staff hashtag to share projects ongoing in the MADLab.
GRADUATE STUDENT LIBRARY ASSISTANT
Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto
PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS
Erica Lenton, Faculty Liaison and Instruction Librarian, Gerstein
Mike Spears, Manager, MADLab
Jeff Heeney, Reference Specialist, Gerstein
10/2014 - 07/2015
Launched a new 3D printing service alongside Gerstein librarians and the Mobile App Development (MAD) Lab staff.
Lenton, E. & Dineen, C. (2016). Set It and Forget It (Almost): How
We Make DIY 3D Printing Work in Our Library. Public Services
Quarterly, 12(2), 179-186.
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Lenton, E. & Dineen, C. (2015). Evaluating a User-Mediated 3D
Printing Service. [poster]. Austin, TX: Medical Library
Designed a poster presented by a liaison librarian, summarising the results of the six-month service evaluation for 3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab.
SELECTED BLOG POSTS
3D Printing for Accessibility, Nov 2014
3D printing and comet landings, Nov 2014
Marquise du Chatelet and Women in the Maker Movement, Jan 2015
Buckminster Fuller and Geodesic Domes, Jan 2015
Printing electronics and disruptive manufacturing, Feb 2015
3D printing and La Sagrada Familia, Mar 2015
3D printing and Copyright, Apr 2015
Spare parts and liability, Apr 2015
Happy World Intellectual Property Day!, Apr 2015
Being critical of making: a (sort of) book review, May 2015
Lenton, E. & Dineen, C. (2015). "Thanks for setting this up for us":
Evaluating 3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab. [presentation].
Toronto, ON: Toronto-Ryerson-York Library Staff Conference.
Objective: The goal of this pilot project is to determine the extent to which a user-mediated 3D printing service (1) enables our patrons to create and print 3D realizations of scientific knowledge; (2) provides a space for students to have the opportunity to play, experiment, and test their knowledge of 3D design and 3D printing; and (3) provides training and opportunities to gain practical, hands-on experience with 3D printing technology and design limitations that contributes to their professional skills development in this area.
Conclusions: By providing opportunities for practical, hands-on experiential learning, a user-mediated 3D printing service can allow students and researchers to develop 3D printing skills and awareness of 3D printing technology and design limitations. Through this study, our library hopes to demonstrate the value of a user-mediated 3D printing service in an academic health sciences library.