Do Space

Do Space is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community center for technology, digital library, education, and small makerspace featuring 3D printing technology in Omaha, Nebraska.[1][2]

Do Space
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EstablishedNovember 2015
Location7205 Dodge Street
Omaha, Nebraska U.S. 68114
Coordinates41°15′32″N 96°01′29″W / 41.258972°N 96.024667°W / 41.258972; -96.024667Coordinates: 41°15′32″N 96°01′29″W / 41.258972°N 96.024667°W / 41.258972; -96.024667
Public transit accessMetro Area Transit
Buses: 2, 8, 18, 92, 98
Websitedospace.org

HistoryEdit

Do Space opened in the fall of 2015. Do Space is managed by the non-profit Community Information Trust, which itself is managed by local Omaha philanthropic organization, Heritage Services.[3][4]

It is located at the southwest corner of 72nd and Dodge Streets in what was a former Borders Books.[5][6] The building, which was vacant, required retrofitting and modernization of the existing structure.[7] The project, which dates back to 2014, has included $4.1 million for the purchase of the vacant building[8] and $7 million to renovate and fill the space.[9] The design of the building was done by HDR, Inc. Do Space partners with various organizations, including Metropolitan Community College and Omaha Public Library.[10]

ServicesEdit

Patrons can use Apple, Windows, and Ubuntu computers that have office, CAD and graphics programs and can access Omaha Public Library databases while at Do Space.[11] Do Space also has tablets and laptops for use, as well a 3D lab that has 3D printers, 3D scanners, and a laser cutter. There are large-format printers as well as break-out rooms with touch screen bulletin boards.[12]

Do Space provides its services free to the public, except for expendables like printing and 3D materials.[1] There are dedicated spaces for small children, teens, as well as adults.[13] There is a group specifically geared towards seniors that incorporates peer-style information-sharing.[14] Metropolitan Community College holds classes on the second floor.[9] Do Space provides a meeting space to nurture an innovation incubator and various community tech groups meet there.[12]

LeadershipEdit

In February 2015, Rebecca Stavick, co-founder of the civic hacking group Open Nebraska and former Omaha Public Library employee,[15] was hired as the Executive Director of Do Space.[16] Michael Sauers, formerly with the Nebraska Library Commission, is the Director of Technology.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Peet, Lisa (27 April 2015). "Rebecca Stavick, Omaha's First Digital Librarian". Library Journal. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  2. ^ Moring, Roseann (7 November 2015). "A promise of something for everyone at Do Space grand opening". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ Kelly, Bill (30 November 2015). "Will A Nebraska Community Tech Center Force Us To Consider Libraries Without Books?". NET Nebraska. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  4. ^ Jordan, Steve (1 June 2014). "Heritage Services' 25 years of tapping donors leaves mark on city". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  5. ^ Goodrich, Nicole (4 December 2014). "Omaha's first digital library to open next fall". KETV. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  6. ^ Burbach, Christopher (21 August 2015). "Free digital library, at former Borders site at 72nd and Dodge, moves closer to reality". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  7. ^ Wilcox, Kevin (23 February 2016). "In Omaha, the Library of the Future Can Do | ASCE". Civil Engineering. ASCE. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  8. ^ Burbach, Christopher (4 December 2014). "Omaha's 1st digital library planned at 72nd, Dodge on ex-Borders site". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  9. ^ a b Burbach, Christopher (4 November 2015). "A workshop for people to learn and create, $7M digital library Do Space is eager to open". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  10. ^ Knapp Schubert, Katie (2 November 2015). "Omaha's digital library, Do Space, to open this weekend". KIOS. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  11. ^ Price, Gary (3 December 2014). "Non-Profit Group Plans to Open Omaha's First Digital Library, Omaha Public Library Will Be a Partner". INFOdocket at Library Journal. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  12. ^ a b "dream it / do it: Do Space". metroQUARTERLY. Spring 2016. pp. 32–39. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  13. ^ Chiodo, Joe (29 January 2016). "A lot to do at Do Space". WOWT. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  14. ^ Kszystyniak, Andrea (27 February 2016). "Senior Cyber Society helps older tech amateurs navigate a digital world". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  15. ^ Williams, David (22 October 2014). "Rebecca Stavick: The (Data) Giving Tree". Omaha Magazine. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  16. ^ "New digital library director announced". KETV. 26 February 2015. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  17. ^ Tamayo, GinaLisa (25 December 2015). "Do Space presents modern technology at Saturday's grand opening". KETV. Retrieved 14 January 2016.

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