Library Storytellers

Josh + Susan

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(Photo) Josh (left), who is the Information and Learning Services Library Assistant, and Susan stand in front of one of the 3D printers housed in the TCPL Makerspace.

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(Photo) Susan's white 3D printed wedge sits atop her "scruffy little piece of paper" with a blueprint of the wedge and its dimensions.

Susan: I have a walker that I use. I don’t use it all the time, but when I do, it’s very, very helpful. I had wedges that I could put in to prevent a handle from flipping, which made it much sturdier [and] easier to handle. I flew out to Salt Lake City and the airline lost my wedges, and I couldn’t find anything else. And then I began thinking, I had seen things from the Makerspace. So I thought, 3D printer, heard about that, and I thought, Aha! I had this scruffy little piece of paper, Josh looked at my drawings, and we went from there. I was completely new to this sort of thing, [but] if I had a question, he just made it easy.


Josh: It was really great [working with Susan] because this felt like it was a project that really—


S: It makes a difference.


J: Right, and it was nice to see it actually work, and it helped you out. So I got a lot of gratification from that. I mean the Makerspace has completely changed the work that I do here, and I can see that people, they’re coming in and are like, 'I can’t believe you have this at a library!' Libraries have to adapt and evolve to stay with the times and technology, and this is the perfect medium for that.


S: That’s one of the things that the library’s done for me over the decades, it’s not just a matter of entertainment from a mystery [book] or getting a DVD. It’s also, okay, how do I do this particular crochet stitch? How do I make a wedge for my walker? The library [is] a source of good information.


J: Since we’ve met, I’ve already learned a lot more about 3D printing, so it’s really great for me as a professional. It’s furthering my skillset and sharing that experience with a patron.