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/.
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/.
Printing problems once again plague the library. It jams when there is too much ink used and when there is not enough. It takes forever to warm up in the mornings and creates lines of people waiting. It is getting better, since the default is now double sided but it is bound to run out of paper sooner than later.