Libraries’ Mobile Maker Team to talk at Oct. 11 Tech Today

Whether it is helping a learning community make stop-motion videos or bringing 3D printing to a campus cultural center event, the goal of the Purdue Libraries Mobile Maker team is helping students pursue their creative endeavors using Library resources.

“A lot of students, even a lot of faculty, aren’t aware of the resources the library has available – like 3D printing, light boxes, GoPro cameras and 3D scanners – that anyone can use,” says Assistant Professor Sarah Huber. “We created the Mobile Maker team to promote these resources to a broader audience on campus.”

The Library Mobile Maker team brings technologies and expertise to classes, groups and events across campus. On Friday, Oct. 11, Huber and her team will talk about how their resources can be used to enhance classroom learning as part of Innovative Learning’s monthly Tech Today event, which is open to all instructors and staff. Click here to learn more and to register.

Huber says the Library Maker team has worked with faculty across all disciplines at Purdue, and has visited numerous venues to help expose students to the different tools available for classroom projects.

“One of the things we’re trying to do is to redefine ‘making,’” says Huber. “These tools are not just something available for a small demographic of people considered ‘Makers,’ it’s really an opportunity to engage with different people and different ways of thinking about what it means to ‘Make’. We are trying to be inclusive and deliberate about who we reach.”

Purdue Libraries maintains a full listing of the tools available for loan, which can be checked out from the Library of Engineering and Science in the Wilmeth Active Learning Center. Huber says those unable to attend the Tech Today talk can contact the library for more information about working with the Mobile Maker team.

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Writer: Dave Stephens, technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue, 765-496-7998,

Last updated: October 3, 2019