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Thursday, March 21 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Virtual Reality Pilot Program

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XR Immersive media (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) is being introduced into public libraries. Each offer patrons’ experiences that rely on different technology standards and have different resource and staffing requirements. We explore the opportunities and challenges in our discussion with subject matter experts who are based in California and Nevada libraries and have pioneered XR media integration over the last three years in more than 225 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 and programs, especially those focused on learning outcomes. A review of hardware and software applications for this ever-changing technology will also be included. 


Sara Jones

Marin County Free Library
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John MacLeod

Director, XRLibraries
For the last 25 years, he has worked to make technology available and accessible to the community through his non-profit New Media Learning and XRLibraries. He continues to build a national clearinghouse for libraries to share best practices in the use of XR technologies in libr... Read More →
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Tammy Westergard

State Librarian, Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records
Tammy Westergard is State Librarian at the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records (NSLAPR). Her great passion is advancing educational opportunities through the library. She helped spearhead statewide initiatives in workforce development, extended reality, and library development... Read More →

Thursday March 21, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm CDT
Library Harmon Room