• Adventures in 3D Printing: Preparing for a Makerspace Implementation at the HSHSL

      Brown, Everly; Kim, Bohyun (2015-05)
      Objectives: The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) at University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) decided to explore the possibility of a makerspace in the library to serve as a hub of experimentation, innovation, and collaboration that will benefit our faculty and students in their education, research, patient care, and entrepreneurship. For this task, the Makerspace Task Force was formed in the spring of 2014. After three months of work, the Task Force completed the proposal for creating the Makerspace at HS/HSL in the summer of 2014. HS/HSL is planning to open the makerspace this spring.
    • The Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations

      Kim, Bohyun (American Library Association, 2013)
      With the rapid adoption of the smartphone and the tablet, we are quickly entering an era in which the smartphone is the most common device used to access the Web. This report reviews the recent tremendous mobile growth and changing mobile consumer behavior as well as growing user expectations for mobile. This report also examines how the first generation of mobile library websites has changed over the last few years and explores future directions. Patrons now expect more mobile-friendly information resources, research support, and sophisticated features such as menu customization and room reservation on mobile. This report also discusses responsive web design and some of its pitfalls and argues for the better discoverability of libraries’ mobile (web or native) apps.
    • Makerspace Task Force Report

      Kim, Bohyun; Brown, Everly; Bodycomb, Aphrodite; Pinho, Thom (2014-07)
      Executive Summary: The leadership of the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) has decided to explore the concept of a makerspace. The recent growth and rapid adoption of makerspaces and 3D printing technology in health sciences will impact the tools that our future students, researchers, and faculty will expect to have access to. The mission of this Task Force was to determine what role a makerspace could serve in an academic health sciences library and if the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s HS/HSL could benefit from one. Based on the environmental scan, which involved the literature review of current makerspaces in educational institutions and site visits to local makerspaces, we believe that a makerspace within the HS/HSL will greatly benefit UMB students, researchers, and faculty. It will provide an open space that will allow them to explore and utilize new technology that has a significant impact on hands-on learning, classroom instruction, cutting-edge research, and innovative patient care in health sciences. This Task Force recommends the creation of a makerspace in HS/HSL which would include 3D printers, 3D scanners, and computers with the appropriate software for modeling and visualizing 3D objects as detailed in the recommendations section of this paper. The makerspace would also organize workshops and programs to promote technological experimentation and idea prototyping to the UMB community. To fund the creation of the makerspace, the Task Force has identified two potential grant opportunities that would help cover some costs associated with creating the space if applied for and awarded. Other potential sources of funding include soliciting donor funds for technology or stakeholder contributions. In order to best support the needs of students, researchers, and faculty, the Task Force also recommends that this project be pursued as soon as the funds are available.