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Growing Makers in Medicine, Life Sciences, and Healthcare


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A talk given at the 2017 ACRL Conference on Friday, March 24, 2017.
Part 1: Grow Makers!
Part 2: Use Cases

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Growing Makers in Medicine, Life Sciences, and Healthcare

  1. 1. Growing Makers in Medicine, Life Sciences, and Healthcare Part 1: Grow Makers! Part 2: Use Cases Bohyun Kim and Brian Zelip University of Maryland, Baltimore Friday, March 24, 2017 | 2017 ACRL Conference Twitter hashtag: #acrlmake Slides:
  2. 2. Part 1: Grow Makers! Bohyun Kim Associate Director, Library Applications and Knowledge Systems Univ. of MD, Baltimore - Health Sciences and Human Services Library Twitter: @bohyunkim | Blog:
  3. 3. Why Grow Makers in Health Sciences? • The Maker movement and technologies are making a huge impact on health sciences - medicine, nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and social work. • e.g. MakerHealth, MakerNurse, bioprinting, NIH 3D Print Exchange … • See the examples in “3D Printing in Health Sciences”, • By focusing on ‘making’ over ‘consuming,’ the Maker movement facilitates experiential learning and rapid prototyping, leading people to innovation and entrepreneurship. • Library makerspaces are often the only facility with the 3D printing/scanning capability that offers open access to all on campus.
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  5. 5. HS/HSL Innovation Space at UMB • Serves both UMB, a university with graduate programs in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and life science, and UMMC, a teaching hospital. • HS/HSL Innovation Space opened in Apr. 2015 following a year of investigation and planning by the library’s makerspace task force (2014-2015). • White paper online: Bohyun Kim, Aphrodite Bodycomb, Everly Brown, and Thom Pinho, “Makerspace Task Force Report,” University of Maryland, Baltimore - Human Services and Health Sciences Library, July 2014, • 216 reservations / 226 3D models printed + much foot traffic
  6. 6. Creating a Successful Makerspace HS/HSL Innovation Space renovation in the fall of 2016; Photo by the author Renovated/expanded in Nov. 2016.
  7. 7. What (Equipment) & How (Logistics) > Why
  8. 8. Why > What > How Image from the UMB HS/HSL Innovation Space Newsletter http://us5.campaign-
  9. 9. Community-Centered Approach • Who are our users? • What are they interested in? • What services and programs would make most sense to offer? • How will the makerspace serve the library user community? • How will the makerspace become a valuable asset to patrons?
  10. 10. Intentional Focus • Space for self-directed hands-on learning • Space for creativity, imagination, collaboration, and the cross- pollination of ideas
  11. 11. Grow Makers! • Growing makers is the primary goal of the HS/HSL Innovation Space. • Making leads to better learning/teaching/research. • Bridge the digital divide gap in education. • For this reason, the emphasis is on the learning/teaching/research aspect of a makerspace, not maker-related technologies per se. • Support for ‘making’ in the broad sense. • Conscious efforts to tailor programs and services to the needs of students, faculty, and researchers.
  12. 12. Strategies • Put out as much information as possible for learning online to make it accessible. Create resources if needed. • 1-on-1 and group orientation/consultation • Workshops • New walk-in hours • An online newsletter to spread how people in our campus community are using the HS/HSL Innovation Space • Events to encourage more people to try and learn, such as the “3D print your holiday gift” event.
  13. 13. http://us5.campaign- 2c0e62ab4cc63311ab6 cd&id=4a16f01805 Archive of all issues” http://us5.campaign- =8d6a2c0e62ab4cc633 11ab6cd&id=7b775527 1d
  14. 14. Wide participation from six of the seven UMB schools, and other administrative units 20 people 3d-printed a 55 objects in total. 16 out of them were new to 3D printing.
  15. 15. More in the Works … • Run more events to create new learning opportunities. • Create and establish more partnerships with different groups on campus. • UMB Entrepreneurship and Innovation Expo • Other school and student events • Help people to stay with the initial interest and also go beyond. • Build a self-sustaining maker community on campus. … and NEXT
  16. 16. Part 2: Use Cases Brian Zelip Emerging Technologies Librarian Univ. of MD, Baltimore - Health Sciences and Human Services Library Twitter: @bzelip | GitHub: @brianzelip
  17. 17. Surgery preparation 3D printed fractured mandible from CT scan; photo by the author
  18. 18. Stem cell regeneration using 3D printed scaffolds printed scaffold; photo by the author
  19. 19. Prosthetic hands 3D printed prosthetic hand; photo by the author 5-year-old-throws-orioles-opening-pitch-with-3d-printed-prosthetic-hand
  20. 20. Replicate lab equipment 3D printed CRS tube & plugs on left, conventional CRS tube & plug on right; photo by the author
  21. 21. Innovate lab equipment 3D printed hardware in orange; photo by Ali Mohammadabadi
  22. 22. Physical therapy device Finger with “swan-neck deformity” and 3D printed finger splint; photos by the author
  23. 23. Hands-on anatomy 3D printed pelvis; photo by the author
  24. 24. Youth outreach Baltimore youth learning about 3D printing and modeling; photo by Thom Pinho
  25. 25. FUN! 3D printed “Stormflake”, “Natty Boh”, and “Snowman”; photo by the author
  26. 26. Thank You!