3D Printing Collaborations:  How might librarians move beyond a MakerSpace environment to take advantage of 3D printing to enhance curricula and promote student learning of important principles? Learn how the Stetson University librarians and chemistry faculty collaborated to explore this question. The library supplied the chemistry department with a 3D printer to design curricular activities. In return, chemistry students agreed to become proficient in 3D printing, experiment with learning applications, and collect data on the use and maintenance. With data, librarians determined the operating budget, and levels of staffing and service needed to provide an innovative technology to students and faculty. A Stetson librarian and a chemistry faculty member will speak on each of their perspectives on a successful 3D printing collaboration.


Original broadcast November 10, 2015 

Instructor Bios ~ Susan Ryan & Tandy Grubbs
Susan Ryan holds the first endowed dean position at Stetson – the Betty Drees Johnson Dean of the duPont-Ball Library and Learning Technologies. Under Ryan’s direction, the library has won two competitive innovation awards for collaborative work in 3D printing. Ryan has published numerous articles and book chapters on government information, library administration, library innovation, and curricular collaborations, as well as a book on electronic government information policy. Ryan is the only librarian to win the annual Stetson University Hand Award for Research. She also won the Catharine J. Reynolds Award for Excellence in the Field of Government Information, the premier annual national government information research prize. In addition, Ryan won the Bernard Fry Award for Best Article of the Year from Government Information Quarterly.

Tandy Grubbs, born and raised a North Carolinian, has been at Stetson University since 1995 and currently serves as Chair of the Chemistry Department. He is interested in lasers, 3D printing, and brewing beer (but not all at the same time) and teaches a popular beer brewing course each spring. In addition to a number of chemical interests, he enjoys designing computer games in support of science education. He has published extensively in the fields of physical chemistry and chemistry education, as well as on chemical applications for 3D printing.