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Margery C Ramsay scholarship recipients to research VR and augmented reality in libraries

The State Library of Victoria has awarded to 2018 Margery C Ramsay scholarship to siblings Scott Mundell, from Yarra Plenty Regional Library, and Steven Mundell, from Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation.

Awarded for their project titled ‘Augmenting libraries: Preparing public libraries for virtual and augmented reality’, the scholarship will support the Mundell brothers in investigating best practice in virtual and augmented reality (VAR) technology to evaluate the appropriateness of the technology in public libraries.

The scholarship will fund the Mundells’ research trip to California to meet with VARLibraries, a collaborative network of Californian public libraries with state and business partners successfully working to deliver VAR technology to their community. Researching these libraries’ experiences is expected to provide a framework for an equivalent initiative adopted to suit Victorian public libraries’ needs. They will also attend the Augmented World Expo (AWE), the largest VAR conference in the world.

Named after Margery C Ramsay, the first qualified librarian appointed to a public library service in country Victoria, the scholarship is valued at up to $20,000 and supports professional development for librarians. The Margery C Ramsay and Barrett Reid scholarships are awarded in alternating years, with the Barrett Reid Scholarship awarded last year.

 

Category: Library news