Experts to explore library policies and 3D printing at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/20/2015


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office


CHICAGO—Technological developments in 3D printing are empowering people to learn new skills, launch business ventures and solve complex health problems. As this cutting-edge technology becomes more common in libraries, what do librarians need to know? Join a panel of information professionals for the session “Library 3D Printing—Unlocking the Opportunities, Understanding the Challenges” which takes place during the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session will be held from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The panel will tackle the policy implications of 3D printing from all angles, with a view to helping the library community establish smart user policies. Topics of discussion will include intellectual property and intellectual freedom issues, product liability questions, the educational and entrepreneurial applications of library 3D printing and more.

WHEN: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

-    Barbara Jones, director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
-    Tom Lipinski, dean and professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies
-    Charlie Wapner, information policy analyst, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

WHERE: McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, Room W470A

REGISTER: To attend the conference session as a reporter, email Jazzy Wright, press officer of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, at

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.