Rapid Fabrication, Spaces, and the Information Lifecycle

MIT Libraries has been working to create a workplace (makerspaces) for all library users who are interested in designing and making stuff with 3D printing technologies. Makerspaces in MIT Libraries represent a key potential opportunity for the libraries to engage with student learning more broadly, while create spaces that align with the library mission, synergize with other services, and integrate staff competencies.

Program on Information Science of MIT Libraries is engaged with:

  • Identifying and characterizing the best exemplars of makerspaces in academic libraries
  • Surveying research libraries to understand emerging practices
  • Designing and conducting qualitative interviews of 3D printing service providers in MIT
  • Developing a 3D Printing Guide for patrons interested in 3D printing