[Libs-Or] Fwd: [alacro-l] ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign

Suzanne Sager bvss at pdx.edu
Mon Sep 29 08:31:06 PDT 2014


Suzanne L. Sager

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From: Don Wood <dwood at ala.org>
Date: Mon, Sep 29, 2014 at 8:09 AM
Subject: [alacro-l] ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign
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*ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign*

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the
launch of “Progress in the Making,” a new educational campaign that will
explore the public policy opportunities and challenges of 3D printer
adoption by libraries. Today, the association released “Progress in the
Making: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Public Policy,” a tip sheet that
provides an overview of 3D printing, describes a number of ways libraries
are currently using 3D printers, outlines the legal implications of
providing the technology, and details ways that libraries can implement
simple yet protective 3D printing policies in their own libraries.

“As the percentage of the nation’s libraries helping their patrons create
new objects and structures with 3D printers continues to increase, the
legal implications for offering the high-tech service in the copyright,
patent, design and trade realms continues to grow as well,” said Alan S.
Inouye, director of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy. “We
have reached a point in the evolution of 3D printing services where
libraries need to consider developing user policies that support the
library mission to make information available to the public. If the library
community promotes practices that are smart and encourage creativity, it
has a real chance to guide the direction of the public policy that takes
shape around 3D printing in the coming years.”

Over the next coming months, ALA will release a white paper and a series of
tip sheets that will help the library community better understand and adapt
to the growth of 3D printers, specifically as the new technology relates to
intellectual property law and individual liberties.

This tip sheet is the product of collaboration between the Public Library
Association (PLA), the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)
and United for Libraries (UFL), and coordinated by OITP Information Policy
Analyst Charlie Wapner.

Suzanne L. Sager
Oregon ALA Representative
Portland State University Library
PO Box 1151
Portland, OR  97207-1151

Phone: 503-725-8169
Fax: 503-725-5799

email: sagers at pdx.edu
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