Editor’s Desktop

Irene Travis

Irene Travis, Editor

Irene L. Travis, Editor
Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology

Two recent additions to traditional library services are featured in this issue of the Bulletin. Our special section covers 3D printing and digital fabrication services in depth, while, in our RDAP Review, Alicia Hofelich Mohr and her colleagues at the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota report on a client survey of the data management service needs of faculty across a variety of disciplines.

Moriana Garcia, Dennison University, and Tod Colegrove, University of Nevada, are the guest editors of 3D Printing and Digital Fabrication Technologies in Libraries and Museums, which is based on a panel sponsored by ASIS&T Special Interest Group/Scientific and Technical Information (SIG/STI) at the 2014 Annual Meeting. In some cases libraries provide digital fabrication services in the context of makerspaces, which afford users of all ages many different kinds of tools for creative expression and entrepreneurial exploration. The articles discuss best practices and challenges as well as policy issues such as copyright, intellectual freedom and privacy.

Just as a number of articles in the special section deal with the use of digital fabrication technology as an educational tool for students to learn by creating 3D artifacts, in a feature article Zorana Ercegovac asserts the importance of young people acquiring data literacy by working with data in the classroom. In Data-Driven Society Begins with Data-Savvy Youth, she discusses the distinction between data and information literacy, reviews her classroom experience and outlines a curriculum and example projects to introduce high school (or younger) students to using data in all disciplines, not just STEM. Vast amounts of data on a great range of subjects are available online at no cost, and teachers should take advantage of this abundance to educate all students about this critical aspect of modern life.

Finally, in the IA Column, IA associate editor Laura Creekmore looks at fine-tuning metadata protocols, while ASIS&T president Sandy Hirsh reports on the July retreat of the ASIS&T Board of Directors on the President’s Page, focusing on the progress of the Strategic Planning Task Force. The results of the data it has gathered and analyzed are now available for comment at http://bit.ly/1QlwFJb. A draft plan should be available for comment as we go to press in order to have a final plan ready for the Annual Meeting in St. Louis. I hope to see many of you there.

Note: Dr. Richard J. Urban is currently exploring the adoption and use of 3D technologies for scientific and cultural heritage collections. He is hoping to learn more about the scale and scope of these technologies across the LAM community. If you or a colleague have implemented or are planning to implement a project that uses 3D technologies to digitize, publish or print collection objects, specimens, historic/archeological site or architectural structures, he hopes you will complete a survey available at: https://fsu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_07ldHqy5d2JxuPX