ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting 
Seattle, WA | October 31 - November 5, 2014

3D Technologies: New Tools for Information Scientists to Engage, Educate and Empower Communities (SIG/STI)

Moriana M. Garcia1, Kevin Messner2, Richard J. Urban3, Sam Tripodis4, Megan E. Hancock5, Tod Colegrove6
Denison University Libraries, Denison University; 2Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Library, Miami University; 3School of Information, College of Communication and Information, Florida State University; 4TechCentral, Cleveland Public Library; 5Denison Museum, Denison University; 6DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, University of Nevada, Reno

Monday, Nov. 3, 3:30pm


This panel provides an overview of the adoption of three-dimensional (3D) technologies by librarians and information scientists as tools for community engagement. 3D technologies --scanning, printing, and design-- are some of the latest technical innovations making inroads into the library and museum environments. After a brief introduction on the technical aspects of 3D technologies, specialists from academic and public libraries discuss their experience implementing 3D services, with a special focus on newly established partnerships. In addition, they comment on the impact of the technologies on their institutions and communities. Empowering users to scan or create 3D objects often results in a growing collection of 3D digital files. An information scientist discusses how to manage these collections to ensure preservation and fair intellectual property practices. Finally, a museum professional describes creative ways of using 3D objects to enhance the museum experience and to expand the interaction of the public with museum artifacts. Following the presentations, the panelists engage in public discussion of the challenges and opportunities of these transformative technologies.