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Webinar - 3D Printers: What to Ask Before You Buy

When: Thursday, September 8, 2016
3:00 PM
Where: Online
Presenter: Kristin Fontichiaro and Quenton Oakes
Contact: Kaitlyn
513-751-4422 x10

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3D Printers: What to Ask Before You Buy

Purchasing a 3D printer is a big decision, and there are many questions to ask before buying one for your library, school, or organization. In the first half of this talk, we’ll share tips for considering the expected educational or professional outcomes for your community, the opportunity cost of investing in a 3D printer as opposed to other tools, as well as practical implementation concerns. In the second half, we’ll focus on audience questions and discussion.

Kristin Fontichiaro teaches at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she is principal investigator of the Making in Michigan Libraries project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She also edits two series of books for Cherry Lake Publishing on maker tools, practices, and concepts for young readers.

Quenton Oakes is a first-year Masters of Science in Information student with a focus on Library and Information Science and Archives and Records Management. He has worked in a variety of library settings, including a year at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, during which he assisted in the launch of the Reading Branch Library's makerspace.


30 minutes - About 3D Printing

15 minutes - Q&A led by SWON interviewer: Cassondra

15 minutes - Live Q&A featuring your questions


Supporting Member Libraries: Free!

Enhanced Members of SERLS: Free!

NEO Supporting Members: Free!

NORWELD Supporting Members: Free!

Geographic Libraries: $25.00

Out-of-State Libraries: $50.00


If your library is a supporting member of SERLS, NEO, or NORWELD and you would like to attend this webinar, you may do so for free. Just contact our CE Coordinator, Kaitlyn, for your promocode.

About the Innovation Conversations

Innovation Conversations give you the chance to hear from and speak with library leaders from all library types and from all over the English speaking library world. Each month you can interact with an award-winning or recognized leader in our field. 

The first part of the online meeting will feature a short presentation on the topic that brought this library leader to our attention. The second part is a live interview, covering questions you’ve sent to us in advance and some we’ve thought of. The third part will field your questions, a live Q&A, in the webinar. Ask about the challenges, the key details, and whatever else you would like to learn. 

Together, we'll learn more about successful projects and the people behind them than a brief magazine article might include. We're going beyond the blog post, bringing you the chance to ask the questions you want answered to evaluate, adapt, or implement new ideas for your library. Join us for SWON's Innovation Conversations!

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