VALA2020 Session 8 Mundell

Augmented libraries: preparing public libraries for virtual & augmented reality

This session is sponsored by Bibliotheca

Wednesday 12 February 2020, 12:00 – 12:30

Scott Mundell
  • Library Technician
  • Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries
Steven Mundell
  • Team Leader Digital and Community Learning
  • Yarra Libraries

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Consumer-ready virtual reality technology has developed rapidly since its launch in 2016. With recent milestone advancements in all-in-one virtual reality headsets and exponential consumer adoption, it is the perfect time to re-evaluate the appropriateness of this technology to meet the strategic needs of Victorian public libraries. Through our project for the 2018 Margery C Ramsay scholarship we travelled to California and Nevada to research state-wide initiatives that introduced virtual reality to over 100 public libraries. This paper details the background of our project, findings and proposes what the next phase of VR in public libraries could look like.

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