Libraries and ebook Creation

Libraries and ebook CreationToday I presented at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference on the topic of Libraries and ebook Creation.  The slides and notes (including a list of resources mentioned)  are available  as a Powerpoint file.  The list of ebooks projects and creation tools (pdf) is also available as a separate file.


3D Printing

In February after attending the O’Reilly TOC Conference I had the chance to visit 3DEA’s 3D printing pop-up shop in New York.  I had read a bit about 3D printing but had never seen it in action so this was a great opportunity to see what it was all about.  In addition to lots of printers creating a wide variety of objects, there were iPads set up to allow people to create a doodle that could then be printed on one of the shop’s Ultimaker printers.  I have since learned that the software that was used for this is created by a company called Doodle3D in Amersfoort, Netherlands.

With the Doodle3D software, all a user has to do is create a doodle on an iPad then tap a Print button to send the doodle to the printer.  This is much easier than having to find or create files for use with 3D printers.   For libraries interested in creating a makerspace or just providing access to 3D printers, this software should lower the bar for getting started with 3D printing.   The software is not yet commercially available, but Doodle3D is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding to mass produce their product.

Here are a couple of photos of a doodle on an iPad and the resulting 3D doodle.

Sketch of a bird on an iPad

iPad running Doodle3D software

3D printed bird

3D printed bird

Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs, Libraries and Open Access

Of the many interesting points that were made today in Dave Cormier’s Rhizomatic Learning webinar, one particularly resonated with me.  With MOOCs we need to be very much aware of content ownership. As MOOC participants come from all around the globe, all resources used within the MOOC need to be freely available.  Any resource that resides in a publisher’s walled garden is not going to be of much import in this environment.  MOOCs will most likely be a great boost to the use of open access resources (journals, data, etc.) and a lifeline to many faltering “institutional repositories” (basically digital collections of an institution’s intellectual output that is freely available on the web).  Many universities have these digital collections which can be searched by going directly to the universities’ websites or via Google Scholar which indexes some of them. Here are a few Canadian ones:

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