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3D Printing: A Practical Guide for Librarians

by Sara Russell Gonzalez and Denise Beaubien Bennett



Planning and implementing a 3D printing service in a library may seem like a daunting task. Based upon the authors’ experience as early adopters of 3D technology and running a successful 3D printing service at a large academic library, this guide provides the steps to follow when launching a service in any type of library.

Detailed guidance and over 50 graphics provide readers with sage guidance and detailed instructions on:

  • planning a proposal
  • printer selection tips
  • preparing the location
  • addressing staff concerns for new service
  • developing service workflows and procedures
  • managing inevitable disasters
  • developing policies
  • conducting the “reference interview” for 3D printing
  • staff training tips
  • outreach activities

This book brings into one place all the guidance you need for developing and implementing a 3D printing service in any library.



Gonzalez, Sara Russell and Denise Beaubien Bennett. 3D Printing: A Practical Guide for Librarians. Lanham, MD, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 190 pp.

2016/paperback/ ISBN-13: 978-1442255487 $47.94

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