Toronto Public Libraries Move Beyond Books to 3D Printing and VR
There are three 3D printers, six iMacs and PCs, a studio with video cameras, a green screen, lights, audio-recording equipment and keyboard and virtual reality equipment.
Photography, 3D design, web and graphic-design technologies, as well as software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X, are also on offer.
“It’s all available to the public. They just need a Toronto library card,” senior branch head Tony Pinto said. “It’s buzzing and new. People are amazed by what we have here.”
“Many people say, ‘I had no idea you had these free programs and classes,’” he said. “Whether it’s a 3D printing or an audio-recording class, people see it in a group setting. Some need a bit of help. Others are fully confident to do it on their own. People don’t have to take a class.”
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.