Technological developments in 3D printing are empowering people to learn new skills, launch business ventures and solve complex health problems. As this cutting-edge technology becomes more common in libraries, what do librarians need to know? Join a panel of information professionals for the session “Library 3D Printing—Unlocking the Opportunities, Understanding the Challenges” which takes place during the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session will be held from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015, in the McCormick Convention Center room W470A.
The panel will tackle the policy implications of 3D printing from all angles, with a view to helping the library community establish smart user policies. Topics of discussion will include intellectual property and intellectual freedom issues, product liability questions, the educational and entrepreneurial applications of library 3D printing and more.
Speakers include Barbara Jones, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom; Tom Lipinski, dean and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies; and Charlie Wapner, information policy analyst at the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy.