Meet the Makers: Jerry Slocum Mechanical Puzzle Collection at Indiana University’s Lilly Library

The Jerry Slocum Collection of Mechanical Puzzles embodies a lifetime pursuit of the intriguing and the perplexing. The result is the largest assemblage of its kind in the world, with over 35,000 puzzles and 4,000 puzzle related books. The puzzles in the collection range from Victorian era amusements to cutting edge designs by modern designers who use laser cutters and three-dimensional printing to create their designs. Learn about the fourteen different types of puzzles and the different challenges each pose. Puzzles from our hands-on collection will be at the booth for attendees to solve. This year we are also proud to have a group of hands-on puzzles 3D printed puzzles for attendees to try as well. Hear from the Lilly Library’s Curator of Puzzles about how puzzle designers develop their deviously difficult creations, and just maybe find a new idea for your next project. Or stop by and chat with IU Libraries Scholarly Technologies Librarian Leanne Nay about the different maker related projects occurring at the IU Libraries and on campus.