May 23, 2022

New From ALA: Answers to Practical Questions About Establishing a 3D Printing Service in the Library

From the American Library Association:

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) today released “Progress in the Making: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered”. Co-authored by 3DPrint360 CEO Zach Lichaa and ALA Senior Policy Analyst Charlie Wapner, the document poses and answers sixteen practical questions related to establishing 3D printing as a library service. All of the questions were fielded from library professionals interested in 3D printing technology.



The document is the third publication in ALA’s “Progress in the Making,” series, which explores common questions and concerns related to 3D printer adoption in libraries. It follows a tip sheet on 3D printing and public policy, released in September of 2014, and a white paper (.pdf) on the economic and policy implications of 3D printing, released in January of 2015. ALA’s Library Techsource also published “3D Printing in Libraries” by Jason Griffey in 2014, which provides additional practical information.

Direct to Full Text: Librarians’ Practical 3D Printing Questions Answered” (4 pages; PDF)

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