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Friday, May 6, 2016

How Can Libraries Use Augmented Reality (AR)?

Guest Post: Diana Hellyar on Library Use of New Visualization Technologies

Diana Hellyar | April 26, 2016

Libraries Can Use New Visualization Technology to Engage Readers
My research as a Research Intern for the MIT Libraries Program on Information Science is focused on the applications of emerging virtual reality and visualization technology to library information discovery. The area of virtual reality and other visualization technology is a rapidly changing field. Staying on top of these technologies and applying them into libraries can be difficult since there is little research on the topic. While I was researching the uses of virtual reality in libraries, I came across an example of how some libraries were able to incorporate augmented reality into their children’s department. Out of a dozen examples, this one caught my attention for many reasons. This example is not just a prototype; it was being used in multiple libraries. It was also easily adopted by non-technical librarians and was easy enough to be used by children.

"Augmented Reality in the Library" (April 27, 2013) Source:

<more at; realted articles and links: (+Video) (It is time for a public library example of augmented reality. October 22, 2014) and (Mythical Maze announced as 2014 Summer Reading Challenge theme. November 2013)>

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