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2019 Emerging Tech Symposium: AR/VR- Immersive Realities

Emerging Technology

The 2019 Emerging Tech Symposium will focus on exposing library staff interested in emerging technologies to a broad array of possibilities.  The day-long format of the Symposium will include two speakers and four breakout sessions as well as a poster session, and will conclude with a panel discussion.  Breakout sessions will be scheduled so that every attendee may attend three different sessions. 
Opening Session:
Beyond Reality: Expanding Your Library’s Services to the Virtual

It’s no longer sufficient to build library services around the real world. Technology is enabling an entirely new set of worlds for libraries and our communities to explore and build, through the emergence expanded reality technologies. Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality comprise expanded reality -- collectively, they represent new modes for people to learn, experience, interact with, and explore knowledge, places, and activities that would otherwise be inaccessible. What should libraries be doing today to aide their users in these areas? What are the medium- and longer-term plans we should be making? And what in this brave new world might give us pause?
Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will learn what their libraries can do now to get started
  • Attendees will learn what they can do to prepare for the near future
Ken Varnum is senior program manager at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, he is responsible for the library’s discovery systems, document delivery and link resolver interfaces, and the library’s evolving and emerging analytics infrastructure. Over his two decades working with public-facing technology in academic, corporate, and special libraries, he has gained a deep appreciation and understanding of the need to tailor systems and interfaces to the local user base. A frequent speaker and author, Varnum presents and writes about discovery systems, library analytics, and technology. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, he wrote Drupal in Libraries (2012), and edited The Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (2014), Exploring Discovery: The Front Door to Your Library’s Licensed and Digitized Content (2016), New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know (2019), and Beyond Reality: Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality in the Library (2019). He also edited Lorcan Dempsey’s The Network Reshapes the Library (2014). Varnum received his master’s degrees from the University of Michigan’s School of Information and its Center for Russian and East European Studies, and his bachelor of arts degree from Grinnell College. You can contact him through his website at https://www.varnum .org/ or follow him on Twitter at @varnum.
 Breakouts Sessions
You will have the opportunity to attend three breakout sessions. 
Accessing Virtual Reality in the Library
Virtual reality (VR) is an emerging technology with the potential to enhance many professions and disciplines, but it presents challenges in creating scaled access, designing useful learning spaces, and providing support to students and instructors. This session will look at ways of providing access to virtual reality in library spaces, and integrating VR tools into lending workflows. We will discuss tools from various price points to address differing budgets. Pete Schreiner from NCSU Libraries will share practical insights from two years of experimenting with VR services, opening VR learning spaces, and lending VR equipment.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn ways to provide virtual reality in your library space
  • Learn about VR tools and lending workflows
  • Hear about lessons learned along the way

Pete Schreiner is the Research Librarian for Design at North Carolina State University Libraries in Raleigh, NC. As a 2016 NCSU Libraries Fellow, he spent two years leading the Libraries’ immersive technologies initiative by supporting VR technologies in library learning spaces and lending services. Prior to NCSU, he worked in Special Collections & Archives at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. Before librarianship Pete ran a carpentry business, worked in media and design, and was a touring musician. He earned his MLS from Emporia State University and BFA from Indiana University.
 Emerging Tech Lab and Vendor Displays
Here is your opportunity to test out VR in NEO-RLS’s Emerging Tech Lab and see what other vendors have to offer.
Facilitators:  Holly Klingler, Research and Innovation Coordinator, XRlibraries, and other vendors TBA
Augmented Reality: Programming That's Captivating

Since the release of Pokémon Go, augmented reality is more recognizable with library customers of all ages. How can libraries use augmented reality outside of Pokémon programs? Programmers at the Tuscarawas County Public Library System have been creating innovative and engaging programs for younger library customers (that can be done with adults too) using augmented reality.  This program will explore different apps used to make programs come alive. Everything from making artwork to instructing customers in how to create their own AR to recreating Mr. Lemoncello's Library (adapted from the children's book Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by New York Times Bestselling Author Chris Grabenstein). The success of these programs helped initiate a system wide augmented reality scavenger hunt, for all ages, during summer reading 2016.

Learning Objectives:
  • Able to identify different types of Augmented reality apps 
  • Ability to adapt and use different AR in programming
  • Hands on AR practice

Jessica Conley is the Bolivar Branch Supervisor of the Tuscarawas County Public Library System. She has been working in the stacks for over 8 years and loves working with the public.  When at work you can find her anywhere from adult crafting classes to storytimes at the local schools.  She loves coffee, children's literature, cozy mysteries and exploring new technology. 

Virginia Wright is a 20 year veteran of the Tuscarawas County Library System.  She currently holds the library's Emerging Technology Associate position, where she helps train the staff and public on different trending technology topics.  She is an advocate of continual learning throughout your life time and is avid user of the library's digital services apps, she especially loves Hoopla.  

Kathy Schrock will present one each of the sessions below during the scheduled breakout times.

Virtual Reality in the Library: Creating 360° Images
There are many 360° images and videos available online that can take students and patrons on virtual field trips so they can experience things they may never be able to do in real-life! But what about the power of creating 360° images and videos to showcase an event, use as part of a promotional piece, or for documenting a historic landmark? The possibilities for use of these images are endless! This session will include information about hardware and software for creation, demonstrate some ways to get started, and give participants the time to create and view their own creations. Please install the Google Street View App and the Ricoh Theta app on your smartphone before the session.
 Virtual Reality in the Library: Using 360° Images

Using virtual reality in the classroom can immerse students in an 360° environment, can help with understanding complex subjects, and is engaging for learners of all ages. This session will include an introduction to the low-cost VR options and provide online VR resources to support both the school curriculum and a public library program.

Augment Your Library with Augmented Reality

Augmented reality, in its simplest sense, is the layering of information or objects over a mobile device's camera view of the real world. The availability of augmented reality apps to support teaching, learning, and programming has exploded in the past few years.  In this session, participants will learn the basics of AR, be introduced to a slew of AR apps, and have time to experiment with them! Please install the CoSpacesEDU app and the WallaMe app on your smartphone before the session.


Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist.

She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990's, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Innovator, an Amazon Teacher Innovator, an Apple Teacher 2016, an Alpha Squirrel, a ThingLink Certified Educator, a MakerBot Curriculum Creator, and a Discovery Education Guru. In 1995, Kathy created the award-winning site, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education and maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired. Kathy's current online resources may be found on Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything!

In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes both nationally and internationally. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically-sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning.

Afternoon Session:
XR (Augmented, Virtual and Mixer Reality) programming in libraries: Integrating immersive media into library collections
XR Immersive media; virtual, augmented and mixed reality media is being introduced into libraries. Each offers patrons experiences with different technology standards, resources and staffing requirements. We discuss implementations in California, Washington and Nevada libraries. Setup, installation, staff training and XR media collection development will be reviewed. Best practices will be shared and a roadmap for libraries to use in integrating XR into library collections. A review of emerging XR wireless hardware and software applications in immersive design and experience.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Hear about implementation of VR in various libraries
  • Best Practices will be shared
  • Receive a roadmap to use in integrating XR into your collection
  • Review of XR wireless hardware and software
John MacLeod has worked for the last 25 years making technology available and accessible to the community through his non-profit New Media Learning.  His startup tech background with Autodesk helped him understand the power these tools have for people to create the future.
He started XRLibraries in 2016 to begin installing virtual and augmented reality programming in libraries. He coordinates the California Virtual Reality Experience Grant for State Librarian Greg Lucas. 200 VR systems have been installed in underserved libraries, making this the largest VR installation in public library networks. 
He continues to build a national network of libraries to share best practices in the use of XR technologies. Libraries are now beginning to create and archive XR content documenting the unique character and voice of their communities. 
The concluding panel discussion will provide time for additional questions and answers.


Event Date:

Event Time:
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Eastern

Hilton Garden Inn
8971 Wilcox Dr
Twinsburg, OH 44087

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Contact Person:
Holly Klingler
(phone: 3306550531)

Who Should Attend:  Anyone interested in Emerging Technologies

Competency:  Emerging Technology

Cost:  FREE
$25 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

We encourage you to register a minimum of three (3) days in advance for this event in order to ensure that we can accommodate your full participation in terms of seating, hand-outs, food, etc.
Speakers for the Emerging Tech Symposium are generously sponsored by an LSTA Open Grant from the State Library of Ohio

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