Submitted by Camie on Thu, 08/27/2020

Labs at UGA Libraries offer opportunities for students and faculty to put the knowledge to use via technology such as 3D printers and GIS software, while maintaining a safe social distance.

The Makerspace at the Science Library has adapted policies to lessen the spread of COVID-19, allowing up to two patrons at a time to use 3D printer and laser cutting equipment. While walk-in use will be allowed at times when space is available, a reservation system allows students and faculty members to schedule their work.

Library faculty and staff plan weekly sessions on 3D design and printing and on laser cutting on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which grants certification to use the equipment. Registration information and details can be found at https://www.libs.uga.edu/science/makerspace

The Makerspace has suspended checkouts of virtual reality equipment this fall, but soldering equipment and a vinyl cutter remain available.

Workshops are also planned for students interested in learning about using the GIS equipment in the Main Library sub-basement.

The Map and Government Information Library will host two graduate student workshops in September.

The first session on Sept. 2 will detail how to turn data into a map using QGIS, and a Sept. 16 workshop will focus on georeferencing images.

Before entering any library facility, patrons should check their symptoms via the DawgCheck tool at dawgcheck.uga.edu, and masks must be worn at all times in the Makerspace and GIS Lab.

To learn more about the libraries’ graduate school workshops or to register, go to https://guides.libs.uga.edu/grad2020