Wave to the Future
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
Let’s take a moment to confirm healthy skepticism’s good reputation.
When some technology like voice commands gets touted as the
next big thing and then the
next big privacy breach, it can be very good to be undecided.
unconvinced doesn’t mean sitting still. Some tech, and some ideas are
big enough or interesting enough that they ought to be revisited. These
are ideas you put in a tickler
file or on your calendar. And you don’t have to fall in love with
an idea to decide you should take the next step.
I’m not in
love with 3D printers yet. But we think part of SWON’s role is to make
technology available to libraries (sound familiar?) so their staff and
patrons have the opportunity to discover a technology’s potential. I
want to be in this with them, and I don’t want my doubts to stand in the
way of their potential.
SWON’s 3D printer to Dayton Metro Library last week and gave a brief
demonstration. That went awry quickly; the printer wasn’t printing. Its
nozzle was blocked with plastic, and it took a lot of work with heat and
safety pins for three of us to clear it. Not an auspicious start.
they’ve taken the 3D printer to four branches, where almost 1,300 people
have visited it. They’re taking it to eight more branches, too.
Here’s a local
news clip. In its intro, an anchor says their reporter “talks
with a branch manager about why this technology is considered the wave
of the future for libraries, nation-wide.” No no no no. I’m not
tying the future of libraries to any tech; certainly not 3D printing.
But if this helps open the conversation about the libraries of the
future–and the libraries of the present–I’m all for it.
Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator
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