May 25, 2022

Op-Ed: “We Need Policies to Address 3D Printing, Guns and College Libraries”

From a New Op-Ed From (via Texas Perspectives) that’s Written by Amber Welch, Head of Technology-Enhanced Learning at the University of Texas at Austin Libraries:

As technology continues to play a more significant role in our daily lives, what role does the academic library play? Although libraries provide critical and meaningful educational opportunities, they can also educate people about the ways in which technology can be used for illicit purposes, such as printing guns that are then circulated in underground markets.


We have a moral obligation to make meaningful contributions to ongoing discussions about how we wish to responsibly use new technologies. Libraries have the potential to initiate and steward discussions surrounding the complex intersection between new technologies and gun violence. They should be at the forefront of promoting gun policy research, not only for the safety and enhancement of their local communities, but also for the advancement of civil dialogue.

Read the Complete Op-Ed (via 630 words)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.