ARL has released the our Rapid Fabrication/Makerspace Services survey (SPEC Kit 348), which explores ARL libraries' engagement with 3-D printing, rapid fabrication and digitization technologies, and makerspaces, as well as the types of service offerings libraries can provide, level of service, level of resource commitment, potential clientele needs, and evaluation of the service.Read more about ARL SPEC Survey Published
The United States Census Bureau, in collaboration with the MIT Libraries Program on Information Science, is convening a series of workshops to examine the challenges and prospects of integrating Big Data into statistical agencies. These workshops, which are funded by the Census Bureau and hosted at MIT, will bring together select experts in universities, industry, and the U.S. government to apply diverse approaches to big data to use cases regularly encountered by statistical agencies. Read more about Big Data workshops come to MIT - MIT Libraries & U.S. Census Bureau collaborate
Outgoing Research Intern Wenquing Lu will be joing the PhD. program of Simmons College, School of Library and Information Science. The school is the top library school in the region, and within the top ten nationally. Wenqing Lu was awarded as one of the top students and received a first-year scholarship with tuition remission.
Wen's work at MIT provided a better understanding of how makerspaces can help to enhance learning and engage patrons. Her future research will continue to focus on usability and user experience studies.
The Association of Research Libraries has selected a survey proposal from the MIT Libraries as one of four to be conducted in 2015. The survey, selected based on currency, insightfulness, importance to research libraries and relevance to ARL’s strategic directions, consists of a suite of questions intended to map out current and planned engagement of ARL-member Libraries with digital fabrication (“3-D printing”) and Makerspace technologies. Read more about ARL SPEC SURVEY FROM MIT LIBRARIES AIMS TO MAP CURRENT ROLE OF LIBRARIES IN MAKERSPACES