CDPUG Tour of Cuyahoga County Public Library's New Innovation Center

Blog Date

Cuyahoga County Public Library Innovation Center

I have attended the grand opening of the Cleveland Public Library (@Cleveland_PL) TechCentral MakerSpace. The technology center staff at the Akron Public Library (@AkronLibrary) gave me a tour during the Akron Maker Faire. Now, I am pleased to be able to write about the Cuyahoga County Public Library's (@CuyahogaLib) new Innovation Center at their Garfield Heights Branch. I was fortunate to be part of a special orientation tour given to members of the Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group - CDPUG (@CDPUG) for their March 31, 2016, meeting.

In addition to seeing other library systems' tech centers, my interest in Cuyahoga County Public Library's Innovation Center was also sparked by my discussion with the library system's technology staff at the October 18, 2015, opening of the new South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library Branch. At that event, they demonstrated a 3-D printer, but indicated that the printers would only be traveling between libraries. I was told that they had youth classes now, and would have adult 3-D printing classes in the spring.

After the event, I sent a private Twitter message to Cuyahoga County Public Library's Executive Director Sari Feldman (@Sari_Feldman) mentioning that some of the attendees had not previously seen a 3-D printer in person. I let her know that what the library was doing was great, and that since "...the 3-D design software is free & the library is going to be providing free classes to adults starting in spring 2016, there is a great opportunity to educate people."

October 18, 2015 - Some of the Tweets from the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library Grand Opening

Innovation Center Opening!

After the opening of the new South Euclid-Lyndhurst Library Branch, I did not expect anything more to happen in relation to library technology resources in the near future. Imagine my surprise when I heard about the opening of Cuyahoga County Public Library's first Innovation Center at the Garfield Heights Branch on February 12, 2016. I was very disappointed that I did not hear about the opening until after it took place, but the photos I saw from the event on Twitter and in articles were exciting.

Here are two articles about the first Innovation Center and plans for two more in the near future. These Innovation Centers are funded by and The Cleveland Foundation (@CleveFoundation):

While writing this blog post, I did a search for tweets from the Innovation Center opening, and I found the following. It is interesting to note that CDPUG Past President and current Social Networking Manager (guru) Janet Dodrill was actively promoting the Innovation Center on day one! Be sure to follow both @CDPUG and @JanetDodrill on Twitter.

February 12, 2016 - Tweets from Innovation Center Opening

CDPUG Innovation Center Orientation

Enlarge Images
Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group private tour and orientation of the Innovation Center
Cuyahoga County Public Library Innovation Center

CDPUG Program Director Spike Radway (@SpikeRadway) is great at being on top of creative happenings in Cleveland. That is why so soon after the Innovation Center opening, the CDPUG membership was invited for a private tour and orientation at their March 31, 2016 meeting.

Here is the description from the official Cuyahoga County Public Library Innovation Center web page of all the services at the Garfield Heights Library Branch, interlaced with my photos from the tour.


  • 3-D printer
  • Laser engraver
  • Vinyl cutter
  • Embroidery machine
  • Collaboration touchscreen
  • Mac and PC computer with Adobe Creative Suite software

Enlarge 3-D Printer Images
Innovation Center 3-D printer
Innovation Center 3-D printer3-D printer samples and bookInnovation Center 3-D printer

Enlarge Laser Engraver Images
Laser engraver & collaboration touchscreen
Innovation Center laser engraver



Enlarge Vinyl Cutter Image
Innovation Center vinyl cutter

Enlarge Embroidery Machine Images
Innovation Center embroidery machine
Innovation Center embroidery machineInnovation Center embroidery machineEmbroidery sample at the Innovation CenterInnovation Center embroidery machine

Enlarge Adobe Creative Suite Training Image
Adobe Creative Suite software and training available at the Innovation Center

There is no charge to use the equipment in the Innovation Center. However, users are responsible for the costs of consumable materials (eg. 3-D printing filament, vinyl material, etc), a limited supply of which are available for purchase at the Library checkout desk. We encourage innovators to use their own approved materials for their own projects.

During the tour, we received the following current price sheet:

Enlarge Price Sheet
Innovation Center price guide

Audio Recording Studio

  • Mac computer featuring Adobe Creative Suite and Garage Band software
  • 1 Microphone
  • 1 Keyboard

Video Recording Studio

  • Mac computer featuring Adobe Creative Suite, Blackmagic Design ATEM, and iMovie software
  • 1 Video Camera
  • Chromakey Green Screen Wall
  • Chromakey Green Screen backdrop and stand
  • 1 Handheld Microphone
  • 1 Lapel Microphone

Enlarge Recording Studios Images
Cuyahoga County Public Library Audio Recording Studio
Audio Recording Studio GuideCuyahoga County Public Library Video Recording StudioVideo Recording Studio Guide

We also learned from the library staff of two additional Innovation Centers being planned. The Parma-Snow Library Branch will have technology similar to that of the first Innovation Center, and Mayfield Library Branch will have some robotics. Watch for more details in the coming months.

In addition to these hardware technology resources, the Garfield Heights Library Branch has the software needed to design 3-D objects. Past CDPUG President and current Secretary Henry Lee (@NativeArtzCLE) demonstrated SketchUp - "The easiest way to draw in 3D" - software, which is available at the library.

Please see my notes and photos from the evening in the following tweets. They also include tweets from the "after" meeting, which is a tradition of CDPUG and other great tech groups in our community. This is a chance to talk one-on-one with presenters after the main meeting. If you find any of the information interesting or useful, please retweet to share with others.

March 31, 2016 - Tweets from CDPUG Tour & Orientation of Innovation Center

March 31, 2016 - CDPUG's Meeting after the Meeting

Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG)

Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG)

I want to note that my Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG) membership enabled me to go on this tour and to participate in the software training. CDPUG is a great organization if you like to be with, and learn from, creative people in Cleveland. CDPUG members also benefit by having access to a members-only job bank.

Here is a description of benefits listed on the CDPUG website:

Membership Benefits

Membership in CDPUG offers tangible benefits for you, your employers, your customers, Northeast Ohio and for the industry as a whole. By promoting excellence and knowledge in visual communications, we provide many opportunities for growth and outreach. Here is a partial list of the benefits of belonging to the Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group.

  • Continuing professional development
  • A place where beginners and advanced users can share knowledge and experience
  • A lifeline to current events and trends in our many industries
  • Networking and job opportunities
  • A place and network of professionals willing to help answer your questions
  • Direct contact with representatives from the major hardware and software makers and vendors
  • Discounts on the things you need
  • Membership in a group that promotes excellence in our industries
  • A place to show off your skills
  • Fun with good people
  • Valuable prizes from contests and raffles.

Go to for more information.

Related Blog Posts:

The following are blog posts that will give you more information about Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group - CDPUG (@CDPUG) and technical resources at our area's libraries. Please watch my @sos_jr tweets and see future posts for more information.

Akron Public Library (@AkronLibrary):

Cleveland Public Library (@Cleveland_PL):

Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group - CDPUG (@CDPUG)

Three of these blog posts are about presentations I have done at CDPUG's meetings, and one is about a magazine article featuring the past president of CDPUG, the president of Greater Cleveland PC Users Group (GCPCUG), and me. The "Presentation Skills " blog post includes a surprise from CDPUG Program Director Spike Radway (@SpikeRadway) -- he included me in his presentation.

Also, from the 9th Annual CDPUG Showcase, I did an Ignite Talk about Cleveland GiveCamp (@CleGiveCamp):

Cleveland Give Camp
Published on Jun 26, 2013

Stuart Smith talks about Cleveland GiveCamp, a weekend-long event where creative professionals donate their time to create software and web-based applications for non-profit organizations.

(Learn more about Cleveland GiveCamp by visiting the website, and reading my past blog posts tagged "givecamp.")

Add new comment

This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.