Libraries in the Machine

Published on May 08, 2017

As VR, AR, and MR technologies evolve rapidly, what implications does it hold for the library field? How will librarians and libraries develop in a world where data and physical spaces begin to merge? We will take a look at current developments, like Google, Cardboard, linked data, 3D printing, and other innovations that can affect how we think of libraries in the future.


Libraries in the Machine

Libraries in Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality


  • What is Extended Reality (VR, AR, MR)?
  • Libraries, Librarians, and XR
  • Future of XR and Librar*
  • Discussion
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Extended Reality

Virtual, Augmented, Mixed
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Virtual reality

Google VR

Google Cardboard and Daydream

VR HEadsets

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive,Samsung VR , Playstation VR, etc...
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Augmented Reality

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Pokemon GO
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AR Applications

  • Input interfaces
  • Virtual Objects in Physical Space
  • Visualizations

Mixed Reality

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Extending space beyond the physical

Access to new types of media

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Simulation and Collaboration Space


New ways to interact with information

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Content Curators

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Rethink Information Retrieval

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Rethink Preservation

Future of XR and the Librar*

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Internet of Things (IoT)

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Linked (Preferably Open) Data

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Machine Learning & A.I.

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Questions and Comments?
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