Emerging Technology Services Librarian,
North Carolina State University Libraries
Adam Rogers is an innovative and user-focused librarian who works at the intersection of public services and new technologies. In his role as Emerging Technology Services Librarian based at NCSU’s new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, he planned for, launched, and currently manages the Hunt Library Makerspace which makes 3D printing, 3D scanning, laser cutting, and electronics prototyping tools accessible to all at NC State. He is also leading the development of a second, larger Makerspace, set to open in D.H. Hill Library this spring.
Adam also works on user experience projects, and was instrumental in starting both the User Experience Department and the User Research Team at NCSU. Along with colleagues, he was awarded the 2012 ACRL Innovation in College Librarianship Award for their work on the NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt, which combines mobile devices and game-based learning to enrich library orientation for hundreds of first-year students (and has been successfully replicated at many other libraries). Adam is committed to using technology sensibly and creatively to help library users learn and make in new ways.
Presentation Abstract | PRESENTATION SLIDES
Rogers will share his work on the NCSU Libraries Makerspace program, where it’s grounded, and where it’s going. He’ll make the case for tools such as 3D printing and Arduino being general tools for problem-solving (not only engineering or design tools), which any student will benefit from knowing about, experimenting with, and using in projects. Speaking from a librarian’s perspective, he’ll share his thoughts on what librarians offer to the world of making–how our background and skills are uniquely relevant–and why makerspaces work in academic libraries.
He will also present the working version of the Framework for Making in Museums and Libraries being developed as part of an IMLS-funded grant project on which NCSU Libraries is a partner. The framework will be a useful tool for anyone planning a Makerspace or Maker program, or already working with one.