Tech in the Library

Jun 19
I-Create Lab Now Taking Reservations

On June 22, 2020, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library will be reopening to students, staff, and faculty with limited services. The I-Create Lab will also be open with some changes meant to keep everyone safe during these uncertain times. The I-Create Lab will be switching to a reservation-based system for the use of all equipment and study rooms to follow social distancing practices effectively. All reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance through our online reservation system. Here...

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By: Yvette Garcia, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: Services for You Things to Do News @ Your Library Tech in the Library

May 15
I-Create Lab Working to Supply Face Shields

Within the last two months, a lot has changed around the university and the world. Despite the changes, the I-Create MakerSpace Supervisors and Library Staff are hard at work to make a difference for those in need during this Pandemic. Sylvia Sanchez, MakerSpace Coordinator, and David Jones, MakerSpace Technician, have been spending their time, along with volunteers and library staff, at the closed I-Create Lab to utilize one of the labs' favorite pieces of equipment, the laser cutter. The...

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By: Yvette Garcia, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: News @ Your Library Tech in the Library We Made This Behind the Scenes

Apr 17
Learn More at an I-Create Workshop

Want to learn more about projects you can do at the I-Create Lab? If so, the I-Create Lab's workshops have been a great way to learn about projects anyone can do using the equipment in the lab.  The first student lead workshop was "Painting 3D models," where patrons were invited to learn how to paint their 3D models made by the lab's 3D printers. Since then, the workshops have become more advanced, with the last two being a "Sticker Workshop" and "Valentine Cards made on the Circuit...

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By: Soleil Garcia, I-Create Student Assistant

Category: We Made This Things to Do Tech in the Library Services for You

Jan 24
I-Create Lab Assists Islander in Sticker Business

The I-Create Lab sees all types of people daily, from students looking for help on a project to community members curious to see what the lab has to offer. One of the I-Create Lab's regulars is Graphic Design Major Colton Warren. Colton not only utilizes the I-Create Lab for classwork, but he is also able to transform his digital art into something tangible to sell; stickers!   Colton is a sticker fanatic, "I love stickers already, so I wanted to convert my art into stickers."...

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By: Yvette Garcia, I-Create Graduate Assistant

Category: We Made This Tech in the Library Services for You Things to Do

Nov 15
Glass, Wood, and More Oh My!

As the end of the Fall, 2019 semester nears, the I-Create Lab wants to spotlight an Islander who has been utilizing the second favorite piece of equipment in the I-Create Lab, the Laser cutter/engraver. Jason Sullivan is working towards obtaining his BA in Graphic Design through TAMU-CC’s Liberal Arts College. He came to the I-Create Lab to work on a piece for a class project. Jason came in with high ambitions and was eager to put the I-Create Lab to the test! Jason created his logo...

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By: Yvette Garcia-Jones, graduate assistant

Category: We Made This Tech in the Library Services for You

Sep 20
I-Create Lab New Pricing Structure

This semester marks the first time since the opening of the I-Create Lab that we will begin charging to use the equipment in the makerspace. There are several materials that must be maintained in order to keep the equipment in running order, such as cleaning cartridges for the large format printer, filters for the laser cutter, painters’ tape for the 3D printers, router bits and screws for the CNC router. These are just a few items needed for maintenance, and this doesn’t even...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Services for You Tech in the Library

Aug 27
Bell Library reflects on last year and looks forward to next year…

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the 2019/20 academic year! The University and the Library have been up to great things, and the excitement is contagious. Bell Library is coming off a year of great change, which included the following projects, among other work. Bell Library opened the I-Create makerspace lab, which we will continue to develop and grow. Be sure to keep an eye out for workshop announcements and opportunities to be involved in collaborative...

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By: Cate Rudowsky

Category: Hello, from the Staff Tech in the Library Services for You Dean's Corner

Jun 21
Where Did the Makerspace Movement Begin?

Makerspaces have grown at an exponential rate over the past decade and this popularity is felt around the world. According to Popular Science (2016), there are 14 times as many makerspaces as there were a decade ago, in fact numbers show nearly 1,400 active spaces across the globe. But, if you’re anything like me, you begin to wonder, where did this all begin? What was the catalyst that set off the spark to this hot bed of creativity? According to John Burke (2015), the rise of the...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Tech in the Library We Made This Today’s Special

May 17
Mediasite, what is it and who can use it?

As part of a joint venture between the Library and the University Technology Council (UTC) to bring a video streaming service to the campus community, Mediasite was selected for a one-year pilot program in the fall of 2017. After a successful test phase Mediasite has been in full production since the fall of 2018. So, what is Mediasite and who can use it? Well in the library we use it for our video course reserve materials. Pretty much gone are the days when students had to come to the...

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By: Abel Cantu

Category: Library Hacks Tech in the Library Services for You

Apr 26
Come work with us in Special Collections!

You might think working in a library would be boring and all you would do is shelve books. However, modern libraries are bustling centers of traditional collection management and next level technology solutions. Working at Bell Library Special Collections offers something for everyone. Students interested in History can apply their skills researching and describing archival collections while being exposed to data management and networked systems. Students who are more technology oriented can...

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By: Ed Warga

Category: Hello, from the Staff Behind the Scenes Tech in the Library

Apr 19
You Mustn't Be Afraid to Fail

If you're like me, you have had countless things that you've wanted to try and do in life. I toyed with the idea of learning to do carpentry after watching a house-flipping show. However, something stopped me from pursuing it. Sometime later, after binge watching Project Runway, I convinced myself that I could design and construct my own clothing. But again, something kept preventing me from trying. That invisible road block was fear, a fear of failure. For me, the need to be nearly perfect...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Tech in the Library We Made This

Mar 14
Makers Making Use of the I-Create Makerspace Lab

After opening the I-Create Makerspace Lab in mid-January, we never would have guessed the flurry of activity that would occur around Valentine’s Day. In the days leading up to this romantic holiday, we had a nice surge of activity as makers of all disciplines made pilgrimages and many gifts were created!  The 3D printers were busy printing red roses for loved ones. On the embroidery machine, there was a whole lotta monogramming going on, including one very cuddly looking fleece...

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By: David Jones

Category: We Made This Tech in the Library

Feb 15
I-Create Makerspace, Reflections on the First Month

Your Islander I-Create Lab has come together.  By the time you read this, our final major piece should be in place, our large format printer!  It has the ability to print on a variety of materials including window clings, stickers, and yes even paper.  It's 54 inches wide and can print to the length of the roll!  I did say LARGE!  I cannot wait to see what it will produce for the creative talents on the island. Has it been a month already? Time does indeed fly when...

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By: David Jones

Category: We Made This Tech in the Library

Feb 05
Behind the Scenes

The construction area next to the Ask Us Desk isn't the only big change happening at the library right now. Library staff are gearing up for a “behind the scenes” change that you probably won't notice, but that we hope will help us deliver even better service to all of you. The software we use to manage library operations—checking books in and out, the library catalog, journal holdings, tracking orders for new books and other materials, etc.—was designed with print...

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By: Derrik Hiatt

Category: Tech in the Library Services for You Behind the Scenes News @ Your Library

Jan 18
Why Makerspaces are a Good Fit for Libraries

We’ve been asked many questions since word started spreading about our intention to create a makerspace in the library. What kind of equipment will you have? Will it be open to the public? Will you charge a fee? How much will you charge? These are all very valid questions, but the one that struck me most was the question why would the library open a makerspace? I usually struggle with putting my thoughts into words. Luckily, I recently read a blog written by Diana Rendina titled 5...

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By: Sylvia Sanchez

Category: Tech in the Library News @ Your Library We Made This