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Beyond the SEA – January 15, 2014 – What is 3D Printing and Why May Your Library Be Interested?

Posted by on January 7th, 2014 Posted in: Technology

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Kimberley Barker, Manager for Technology Education & Computing, Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia

Kimberley Barker is the Emerging Technologies & Systems Manager for the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. She believes that technology empowers people, allowing them to make better decisions and enrich their personal and professional lives. To that end, Kimberley works to discover the latest technological innovations (apps, programs, soft- and hardware) and then match users with the most appropriate technology for their needs- providing moral and practical support as they incorporate it into their work. Kimberley is also a full-on geek who delights in anime, light saber battles with her five-year-old, and all things steampunk.

Patricia Anderson, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Michigan

Patricia F Anderson is the Emerging Technologies Librarian for the Tauman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan. In this role she has worked with online communities of persons with disabilities, served on the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media External Advisory Board, explored personal genomics and “quantified self” tools to meet her own health challenges, and taught workshops in virtual worlds on skills from information searching to getting dressed (which is a little different when you are doing it online). In previous iterations of her professional life, Patricia has worked on Cochrane Review teams, and co-authored/edited the Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web.

Summary: Patricia will discuss the burgeoning topic of 3D printing, with a focus on medical applications, as well as the growing interest of providing access to 3D printers in a variety of libraries. Kimberley will discuss the use of a 3D printer in her library system, why they decided to offer the service, how they secured funding, and the response from their community.

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