The Makerbot is a 3D printer. The Glenside Public Library just got one. A demonstration was given just a while ago and I attended. These printers can produce objects, even rather intricate ones, by printing thin layer after layer of plastic, metal, ceramics or other materials. A full description and examples of what can be made can be found at http://store.makerbot.com/replicator.html. We learned about the 3D Makerbot printer which uses ABS plastic to create physical objects from models that you design. In this session, some of the objects the librarians created where demonstrate as well as the different software used to create them. The place to go to see what is out there to create and how to create it is the http://www.thingiverse.com/.
Last Thursday I got inspired by the Adventures of an Unemployed Librarian blog. Her post, Love Your Public Library got me thinking. I work in a college library, and the towns public library is across the street, so I rarely visit my own public library. So, when I got off early last Thursday I walked to my public library. Glenside Public Library in Glendale Heights did not seem too far from my home. But, it took me a little longer than I thought to walk. I did have a mission when I set out besides getting some exercise. I had looked up online that they had an audio book I wanted to check out. When I got there I was informed that just 6 min. before it had been checked out. The Librarian did pleasantly ask me if I wanted to put a hold on it. At this point, being hot, tired, and a little disappointed, I decided to walk back home, but revisit the library again next week.
The practicum is about experience with new people in a new environment. For me, that would be a public library. I actually experience a library five days a week. I currently work at an academic library, the Elmhurst College A.C. Buehler Library. I am a Catalog Assistant. This means I enter the incoming books, videos, and all sorts of electronic materials into the catalog. I also update periodical and serial records. Since starting graduate school, I have also enjoyed more hours at the reference desk. Last year the college started gaming nights, and since I am a gamer, I became a consultant/coordinator for our gaming extravaganza. It is once again the start of a new year here. There are students moving in and exploring the campus. This means new patrons for the library.