Durham, NC – Durham County Library is 3D printing face shields for first responders. The newly renovated Durham County Main Library houses two maker spaces, both equipped with new technology including 3D printers and a laser cutter. While Covid-19 has delayed the opening of the new library, which was slated to open to the public in April 2020, the library is finding ways to utilize the available technology to continue serving the public.
Daniel Davis, Technology Support Analyst, and Stephanie Bonestell, Public Relations Officer, are working to print numerous face shields each day. The library currently has materials to 3D print and laser cut items for a total of 180 shields and is working to procure additional materials. “We’re grateful to have access to the library’s resources so that we can support our community and the incredible work of our first responders,” said Stephanie Bonestell. “We look forward to the day when our libraries reopen and the public can experience all the new and exciting technology we have to offer.” Durham County Library is giving the face shields to Durham County Emergency Management, who has approval to distribute the shields to Emergency Medical Services (EMS). EMS will be able to utilize the face shields in caring for the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Library Director Tammy Baggett said, “It’s a proud moment having team members Daniel and Stephanie see a need and demonstrate such profound impact in the community. They are demonstrating the mission and vision of Durham County Library.”
This effort is one of many ways the library is using its technology to respond to both the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the March 6 cyber malware attack on the City of Durham and Durham County Government. Matthew Clobridge, Technology Management Administrator, outlined some of the library’s efforts in response to the March 6 cyber attack. The library provided 20 laptops for Durham County to use. These laptops will be part of the public laptop lab at Main Library. Because the public wired network at Main Library was working and children’s and teens’ public computers were already set up at Main Library, Durham County’s Department of Social Services (DSS) brought staff members to the library to work so they could have reliable access to the internet. Some DSS staff also brought over their own laptops and used the library’s hotspots to access the internet. These hotspots are part of Main Library’s collection that will be checked out to patrons once the library reopens. DSS staff used conference rooms at Main Library as work space, and Library IT staff helped DSS staff get setup on the computers and utilize the library’s printers.
In addition, while all Durham County Library locations are currently closed to the public, the library’s online resources continue to be available – everything from ebooks to free online classes, tutoring services, and homework help. What’s more, during this time Durham County residents without a library card can sign up for a temporary card online using their mobile phone number to access these free resources. All Durham Public School students continue to have access to the library’s online resources using their SLAM (Schools and Libraries Achieving More) ID, which is their Student ID number.
Durham County Library’s mission is to encourage discovery, connect the community, and lead in literacy. The library is a department of Durham County Government and remains committed to our mission even as our physical libraries are closed to the public at this time. For more information about the library, visit DurhamCountyLibrary.org.
Contact: Stephanie Bonestell
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