How are libraries offering socially-conscious 3D services?

3D printers may seem novel, but they are already being harnessed for social good. A prime example: The Silicon Valley-based social advocacy organization Benetech has forged a partnership between libraries, museums and schools to level the playing field for learners with disabilities. Learn more about this innovative partnership at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

3D printing image for article on socially-conscious 3D services. 3D printer in action.

3D printer in action.

During the session, “3D Accessibility Synergy: Anchor Institutions ‘Make’ Opportunities for Diverse Learners,” attendees will learn about how this partnership is giving rise to new learning tools and strategies that help individuals with print and other disabilities more easily grasp complex science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics. The session takes place on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Orange County Convention Center in Room W105A.

Session speakers include Lisa Wadors Verne, program manager of Education, Research and Partnerships for Benetech; and Charlie Wapner, senior information policy analyst for the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

Want to attend other policy sessions at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference? View all ALA Washington Office sessions

About Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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