3D Printing Trends

Patrick Yott
Associate Dean, Digital Strategies and Services, Libraries
Northeastern University

Terry Ann Jankowski
Assistant Director for User Experience
University of Washington

Tania P. Bardyn
Associate Dean & Director, Health Sciences Library
University of Washington

Paul Ludecke
University of Washington

“3D Printing at Northeastern: The Studio Model” (Yott)

When Northeastern University undertook to integrate 3D printing into the library in the summer of 2013, the goal was to not simply offer a printer or two, but to develop an environment where students, faculty, staff could find an expert staff, a range of printers, scanners, and laser cutters, and a place to experiment with the technology. In November of that year, the 3D Printing Studio opened its doors. Led by an engineer, and staffed by a cadre of work-study and volunteer student “engineers” and “artists,” the studio has worked with a clientele that includes scientists, engineers, artists, health professionals, humanists, romantics, entrepreneurs, and the generally curious. This project update will include information about the planning process, efforts to integrate the studio in the life of the campus, promotional and business models, and future plans.

Presentation (Yott)

“Hearts, Skulls & Molar Containers: The Opportunities and Challenges of 3D Printing Pilot in a Health Sciences Library” (Jankowski, Bardyn, Ludecke)

The University of Washington (UW) Health Sciences Library (HSL) received partial funding from UW’s Student Technology Fund to purchase a MakerBot Replicater 3D printer to offer 3D printing in the library either as a free or fee-based service. The UW HSL serves six schools of health sciences, three teaching hospitals, and a network of clinics, as well as the wider UW interdisciplinary biomedical community. Together, we planned and implemented the service campus-wide with priority for service going to health sciences students and class assignments. A white paper, by the Associate Dean & Library Director helped garner faculty support for a fee-based service among the health sciences schools. A technology staff member managed the technical aspects of the pilot project, and a librarian focused on publicity, policies, and procedures. The service was offered first as a 1.5 month pilot project at no charge to users in order to gather data to establish fees for service as well as evolve policies and procedures. The pilot project has painted a clearer picture of our constituents’ needs as well as the opportunities and challenges moving forward. The HSL also made contact with other groups on campus offering similar services.


The Academic Preservation Trust: Report on First Months of Production

Andrew Diamond
Senior Preservation Software & Systems Engineer
Academic Preservation Trust

Chip German
Program Director
Academic Preservation Trust

Nathan Tallman
Digital Content Strategist
University of Cincinnati

Jamie Little
Digital Programmer
University of Miami

Linda Newman
Head, Digital Collections and Repositories
University of Cincinnati

With the University of Cincinnati depositing the first “production” content in the newly completed repository of the Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust) consortium in December 2014, the APTrust team is seeing results of design choices made in previous months during development. Together with session attendees and member institutions, we’ll examine the rationale and results of decisions affecting the balance between reliability and performance as part of a broader look at what it is like to use the community-developed, cloud-based repository in its early days.



Addressing Institutional Challenges to Providing Accessible Digital Content

Judy Ruttenberg
Program Director
Association of Research Libraries

Jonathan Lazar
Professor of Computer and Information Sciences
Towson University

Sheryl Burgstahler
Founder and Director, DO-IT Center
University of Washington

This session will address issues related to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities to digital scholarly content, or providing services or platforms for that content. The presentation will include a review of some of the latest research and talk about two challenges for accessibility and universal design in higher education: faculty incentives and institutional transparency. The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center at the University of Washington (UW) is an exemplar in addressing these challenges. UW’s commitment to accessible technology is longstanding, predating even the Americans with Disabilities Act. Since 2006, UW has received National Science Foundation funding to build institutional capacity for Web accessibility and to expand opportunities for people with disabilities in computer science, and most recently, engineering.


Annotated Manuscripts in the IIIF Environment: Enhancing Scholarship and Creating Communities

Stephen Nichols
Professor Emeritus German and Romance Languages
Johns Hopkins University

Tamsyn Rose-Steel
CLIR/Mellon Fellow in Medieval Data Curatio
Johns Hopkins University

Sayeed Choudhury
Associate Dean for Research Data Management
Johns Hopkins University

The subject of digital annotations is an area of increasing interest and technological investment. For example, the W3C working group on Web annotation are chartered to develop specifications for an “interoperable, sharable, distributed Web annotation architecture” and have recently launched its data model and use cases; while Johns Hopkins University (JHU), in partnership with Princeton University and University College London, has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study annotated early modern books: the ‘Archaeology of Reading’ project will involve the transcription of thousands of handwritten marginalia into a digital format that can be mined and analyzed systematically in an electronic environment. In this presentation we will discuss the use cases we are developing for viewing and annotating manuscripts in a SharedCanvas viewer such as Mirador 2. SharedCanvas is a data model that “specifies a linked data based approach for describing digital facsimiles of physical objects in a collaborative fashion,” and has been developed within the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) to be of particular use to items of cultural heritage, such as medieval manuscripts. Our team, consisting of software developers and scholars, will show the potential of annotated images and discuss how we propose to build on this to create a hub for scholarship. We will present as a case study the sites curated by JHU: the Archaeology of Reading and the Digital Library of Medieval Manuscripts, which is home to the Roman de la Rose Digital Library, Christine de Pizan Digital Scriptorium and Bible Historiale Manuscript Portal. Two in-depth scholarly use case scenarios will examine how linked annotations can be used to explore changes in rubrication in Rose manuscripts, and to understand networks of citation in medieval literature.



BIBFLOW: A Roadmap for Library Linked Data Implementation


MacKenzie Smith
University Librarian
University of California, Davis

Carl G. Stahmer
Director of Digital Scholarship
University of California, Davis

Eric Miller

BIBFLOW is an Institute of Museum and Library Services supported project that aims to document the internal effects of the conversion of library records to Linked Data, with a particular focus on the forthcoming BIBFRAME framework. While many projects have, or are currently, focused on how Linked Data will transform the library catalogue and discovery of library resources, BIBFLOW is focused on how Linked Data will transform the inner-workings of the library itself to support the vision of Linked Data-driven discovery as well as streamline operations. To this end, the project is implementing a modified, Linked Data native version of the Kuali-OLE library management system in order to test and document the ways in which library workflows are impacted by Linked Data implementation. We are also evaluating the plans of library-related organizations that deal in bibliographic data to assess their readiness to support Linked Data. The final deliverable of the project will be a “road map” that library administrators and staff can use as a practical guide to navigating the transition to Linked Data at their own institution. At the briefing, the project’s primary partners, the University Library of the University of California, Davis and Zephiera, Inc., will demonstrate their Linked Data cataloguing system, discuss workflows being tested, and deliver preliminary results of the testing. Briefing attendees will also be provided with information on how their institutions can virtually participate in the ongoing testing effort.