The article deals with the importance of design thinking and rapid prototyping in academic libraries. It presents a background of design thinking which can be traced back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. It also discusses the benefits of rapid prototyping outside the manufacturing environment, specifically for library instruction.
Our current levels of technology are enabling many things that were complete science fiction only a decade or so ago, but no modern technology is more capable of inciting futuristic predictions than 3D printing. The very idea that you can download a digital file and transform it into a physical, functional thing is science fiction turned technological fact. This chapter is a roundup of 3D printing options as they stand in 2012 and how said options might fit into libraries. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
College & Research Libraries News. Jan2018, Vol. 79 Issue 1, p10-14. 5p.
INTERPERSONAL communication, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, DIGITAL technology, CURRICULUM alignment, and LIBRARIES
The article discusses the dialogue of Susan M. Ryan, a library dean and W. Tandy Grubbs, a professor of chemistry at Stentson University on learning technologies and mutual dependence. Topics discussed, include the rapid pace of technological change and its effect on businesses, the use of 3D printing to align the goals of libraries in promotion of teaching and learning and the need for instructional approach to self-disrupt and embrace advances in technology.