Two weekends ago, the library staff was able to get out of the office and spend an afternoon together at the Orange County Public Library in Downtown Orlando. Specifically, we dropped in to visit the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation and Creativity. We tweeted about the visit at the time; check out our Twitter account if you missed hearing about it or want to see additional pictures!
The center itself is located on the 2nd floor of the library, and covers 26,000 square feet of space. Guests in the center have access to the Video Production Studio, Audio Production Studio, Photography Studio, Simulation Lab, Fabrication Lab, and much more. Further, the library offers lots of classes each month, and provides top software to use on all of the computers in the center.
Prior to use, all interested users need to complete a general orientation and register for a photo-ID card to be used to access the center services. Separate orientations and training for each of the specialized studios and labs wanting to be utilized by each patron in the center must also be completed before that resource can be used.
Perhaps the most impressive part of these offerings is that most of the services are absolutely FREE to Orange County Library District cardholders; if you already have an Orange County Library Card, you’re halfway to enjoying the center to the fullest! Patrons outside of the Orange County Library District can also enjoy the center at a reasonable charge. For more information on booking fees for cardholders and non-cardholders, you can check out their website.
One of the main reasons we decided to visit the Melrose Center was because we heard they had a 3D printer in their possession. Lately, we’ve been really interested in 3D printers and what the they can do. It’s been interesting to think about 3D printers in the context of how they could be used in medical education. We’d never seen one up close and in person, so when we saw we could get a demo of one, we were pretty excited about it. Printing an object can take some time, but the staff member we worked with chose a small and simple object to print, and the whole process took around 5 minutes or so to complete. The printer being used at the time was the MakerBot Replicator 2.
Here’s a short video of that demo for you to enjoy! You’ll hear briefly about what 3D printing entails, how the printer prints, and what sort of maintenance a 3D printer requires. (If you have difficulty hearing the voice audio, turn on Closed Captioning!)
Incidentally, this video was made and edited in iMovie – the iOS App and the desktop version! If you want to know more about making your own short movies in iMovie, feel free to come by the Health Sciences Library and Natasha can give you a quick demo.
Our library’s mission is to provide the COM students, staff, faculty, and community with evidence-based information resources using the latest innovative technology. We want to support the education, research, and patient-care initiatives of the College in a number of ways. This trip allowed us to get a close look at what some of our colleagues in the public library system are doing with cool new technology for their patrons. The more we learn about what others are doing, the more innovations we can work to bring to our library space to share with the COM.