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Making & 
Innovation in 
Libraries 
Thoughts from the front lines. 
Tara Radniecki 
Engineering Librarian 
DeLaMare Sci. &...
Background 
 DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library 
 18,000 at University of Nevada, Reno 
 6,000 served by DeLaMare 
...
DeLaMare Library
Events & Workshops
But why in a 
library 
? 
Especially an academic library?
Our Missions
Literacies beyond Information 
• Digital / Media literacy 
• Computational literacy 
• Tactile literacy
Digital / Media Literacy & 
Tactile Literacy 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lupBY496W2Q
Computational Literacy
New Breed of Students 
We don’t want to graduate 
students just capable of getting a 
job. 
We want to develop students wh...
How?
New Type of Librarian 
Less of an instructor or information guide 
More of a 
coach, mentor, co-conspirator
New Skills 
• Mentoring 
• Connector 
• Being “on” all the time – beyond the 9-5 
• Learn to be energized by chaos 
• Bein...
A Change in Priorities 
How can I make the biggest 
impact today on my 
students/faculty/health 
professionals?
Get out of your offices
“I never teach my pupils. I only attempt 
to provide the conditions in which they 
can learn.” 
- Albert Einstein 
Focus l...
Get their 
input.
Conditions beat curriculum every time.
Conditions for 
• Learning 
• Discovery 
• Innovation 
• Collaboration 
• Creativity
Nine tenths of education is encouragement. 
- Anatole France
Be genuine. 
Be interested.
…It’s Working! 
Expert 3D modeling skills 
Multiple students working on patent 
applications 
Apps created in hackathons 
...
Make Collaborations 
(this doesn’t all have to come out of your budget!) 
• Psychology Dept - Artec handheld 3D scanners 
...
Bring the faculty back to the library! 
Engineering 
Chemistry 
Physics 
Computer Science 
Biology 
Health Sciences 
Art 
...
Driving innovation beyond the 
University 
• EDAWN – has seen more business come out of 
DeLaMare Library than anyplace el...
Innovation, Making, & the 
Medical Field 
3D printed organ & tissue 
baths 
Guide drones for the blind 
3D Scanners: 
• Or...
Innovation, Making, & the 
Medical Field 
Arduino - http://duino4projects.com/projects/medical-health-based-projects/ 
Ras...
MakerNurse – MIT’s Little Devices Lab
MakerNurse
MakerNurse
When cost and availability 
are no longer road blocks, 
there is no limit to ingenuity 
and innovation.
Questions? 
Tara Radniecki 
tradniecki@unr.edu 
All photos credited to Nick Crowl: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/nick-crowl...
SCR CONNECTions: Making & Innovation in Libraries - Academic & Medical Focus
SCR CONNECTions: Making & Innovation in Libraries - Academic & Medical Focus
SCR CONNECTions: Making & Innovation in Libraries - Academic & Medical Focus
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SCR CONNECTions: Making & Innovation in Libraries - Academic & Medical Focus

  1. 1. Making & Innovation in Libraries Thoughts from the front lines. Tara Radniecki Engineering Librarian DeLaMare Sci. & Eng. Library University of Nevada, Reno All photos credited to Nick Crowl: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/nick-crowl/86/160/504
  2. 2. Background  DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library  18,000 at University of Nevada, Reno  6,000 served by DeLaMare  (4 librarians, 2 staff members, 18 student workers)  22,500 square feet  150-300 people in the library at any given time  1 of 3 campus libraries  Large, new Knowledge Center  Small medical school library
  3. 3. DeLaMare Library
  4. 4. Events & Workshops
  5. 5. But why in a library ? Especially an academic library?
  6. 6. Our Missions
  7. 7. Literacies beyond Information • Digital / Media literacy • Computational literacy • Tactile literacy
  8. 8. Digital / Media Literacy & Tactile Literacy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lupBY496W2Q
  9. 9. Computational Literacy
  10. 10. New Breed of Students We don’t want to graduate students just capable of getting a job. We want to develop students who become innovative and passionate leaders.
  11. 11. How?
  12. 12. New Type of Librarian Less of an instructor or information guide More of a coach, mentor, co-conspirator
  13. 13. New Skills • Mentoring • Connector • Being “on” all the time – beyond the 9-5 • Learn to be energized by chaos • Being an active participant • Making friends with IT • Get comfortable with tech • “Tod, I think I broke the laser cutter.” • “Oh splendid! Now you’ll learn how to fix it!”
  14. 14. A Change in Priorities How can I make the biggest impact today on my students/faculty/health professionals?
  15. 15. Get out of your offices
  16. 16. “I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” - Albert Einstein Focus less on learning “spaces” and more on learning conditions
  17. 17. Get their input.
  18. 18. Conditions beat curriculum every time.
  19. 19. Conditions for • Learning • Discovery • Innovation • Collaboration • Creativity
  20. 20. Nine tenths of education is encouragement. - Anatole France
  21. 21. Be genuine. Be interested.
  22. 22. …It’s Working! Expert 3D modeling skills Multiple students working on patent applications Apps created in hackathons Prototypes & businesses Creative thinking & collaboration skills Tactile & computational knowledge
  23. 23. Make Collaborations (this doesn’t all have to come out of your budget!) • Psychology Dept - Artec handheld 3D scanners • 31 faculty across campus – Proposal for a makerspace in DeLaMare • Engineering Dept & VPRI – additional 3D printer & laser cutter • VPRI – PCB milling machine
  24. 24. Bring the faculty back to the library! Engineering Chemistry Physics Computer Science Biology Health Sciences Art Psychology Anthropology Geological Sciences
  25. 25. Driving innovation beyond the University • EDAWN – has seen more business come out of DeLaMare Library than anyplace else in Northern Nevada • Generator • Bridgewire • Local School Districts – Inspiring the next generation of innovators/leaders • The Collective…..and more
  26. 26. Innovation, Making, & the Medical Field 3D printed organ & tissue baths Guide drones for the blind 3D Scanners: • Orthopedics & prosthetics • Reconstructive surgery Google Glass applications for the blind
  27. 27. Innovation, Making, & the Medical Field Arduino - http://duino4projects.com/projects/medical-health-based-projects/ Raspberry PI - http://www.raspberrypi.org/tag/medicine/ Open-source syringe pump http://flyingpudding.com/proje cts/sleep_tracker/
  28. 28. MakerNurse – MIT’s Little Devices Lab
  29. 29. MakerNurse
  30. 30. MakerNurse
  31. 31. When cost and availability are no longer road blocks, there is no limit to ingenuity and innovation.
  32. 32. Questions? Tara Radniecki tradniecki@unr.edu All photos credited to Nick Crowl: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/nick-crowl/ 86/160/504

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