As you can guess, I am a big fan of The Game of Thrones. The foreboding theme of the books became a reality recently. Winter hit hard, not only weather wise, but professionally and personally. Elmhurst College is situated in a little community surrounded by the bigger world. With the economic and social turmoil abound, our students, faculty, and staff could not but be affected. Enrollment went down, fees went up, and so followed the morale and unease of the College.
As you can see, the new year has started. The parking lot at Elmhurst College is filling up fast in the morning. At the A.C. Buehler Library the computers are frantically being used to check email, print handouts, and just browse the web.
Summer time has come to the library. It is a time for updates, improvements, and new policies. One improvement we, the library, are implementing is the use of print stations. Once logging onto the computers on the floor, students could just send a print job to the printers. The location of the print jobs could and would be changed so, jobs were getting lost. In order to centralize the printing, print stations have been set up. After logging onto a computer and sending a print job, students must log onto the print station identify their job and then they can print it.
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/.
I am a gamer and still proud of it. Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy has stirred up lots of emotions dealing with being a gamer. The old debate about violence in games, specifically video games, is rearing its ugly head once more. An article in Library Journal states so well how I feel. http://reviews.libraryjournal.com/2013/03/media/gaming/games-and-violence-games-gamers-gaming-march-15-2013/ It points out that many people play games and are not violent. As a Librarian it’s our responsibility to connect our patrons to the media and information they need to maximize the quality of their life, and entertainment is part of that. Entertainment is a personal choice.
This was to suppose to be an April Fools joke but it is more real than, flying cars, robotic maids and jet packs. 3D printing is here. These printers can produce objects, even rather intricate ones, by printing thin layer after layer of plastic, metal, ceramics or other materials. And the products they make can be highly customized. Libraries and schools are embracing the technology. It is believed that every school in America could have a 3-D printer in the classroom in the next few years. You can read about this and more at http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/17/disruptions-3-d-printing-is-on-the-fast-track/.
The first day of spring has come and gone, but most people did not even notice it. What was noted was that it happened to be one of the coldest days of the week, here in Chicago. At the Elmhurst College Library, there were rumblings about the cold, but it was endured and life went on. Students at the desk are counting the days till they leave for warmer weather,carefree days, and work? Most of the students I talked to are either putting in extra time at work or volunteering for more experience. It seems like they have learned valuable lessons.