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An Analysis of 3D Printer Use Policies with a Focus on the Best Practices of Libraries in the United States

  • Journal of Korean Library and Information Science Society
  • Abbr : JKLISS
  • 2019, 50(2), pp.97-119
  • DOI : 10.16981/kliss.50.2.201906.97
  • Publisher : Korean Library And Information Science Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : May 20, 2019
  • Accepted : June 4, 2019
  • Published : June 29, 2019

Jongwook Lee 1 Hyerin Bak 2

1경북대학교
2Florida State University

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ABSTRACT

Libraries both in South Korea and abroad have been adopting 3D printers and related service. This indicates the need for documented 3D printer use policy to facilitate the service. This study investigates 3D printer use policies of libraries in Korea and best practices of the United States, and suggests contents for 3D printer use policies in Korea. The finding shows that Korean libraries with 3D printers did not have systematic and documented 3D printer use policies. After conducting content analysis of 16 best practices of 3D printer use policies from libraries in the United States, the authors identified five themes (purpose, users, procedures, limitations of use, and liability) and 21 sub-themes. The findings are informative for Korean libraries to develop 3D printer use policies and to understand various considerations in implementing 3D printer services.

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