Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

The Future is Now: Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality in Public Libraries

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 103 AB

Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality are hot technology topics, but how will these emerging technologies impact education, industry, healthcare, entertainment, and more? What applications and uses are best suited for these new ways of visualizing information? What platforms are currently available and how can public librarians implement them successfully? Join us as we explore how Maryland Public Libraries are sharing virtual, augmented, and mixed reality with their communities.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Know potential applications and uses for virtual, augmented, and mixed reality 2: Describe various platforms for accessing virtual, and mixed reality content 3: Develop their own program model to bring virtual, and/or mixed reality to their library

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1  

Track: Imagine

Tags: Technology, Emerging Technologies, Innovation, Transforming Libraries


Jennifer Bishop, Online Services and Emerging Technologies Supervisor
Carroll County Public Library , New Windsor , MD

Jen Bishop is the Online Services and Emerging Technologies Supervisor for Carroll County Public Library in Maryland where she researches, pilots, and shares new technologies with the community. She has helped launch new technology initiatives including Carroll County Public Library's 3D printing service, Exploration Point! makerspace, virtual reality, and augmented reality.

Liz Sundermann-Zinger, Virtual and Media Services Manager
Baltimore County Public Library , Baltimore , MD

As the Tech Ed Coordinator for the Maryland State Library, Liz was able to prototype statewide technology learning programs including VR and AR workshops for different audiences. In partnership with local library systems and regional businesses, she has helped provide technology and computer science educational opportunities to thousands of library customers. As Baltimore County Public Library's Virtual and Media Services Manager, she has been able to focus on deepening the level of experiences offered.

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