Making Virtual Reality a Reality: Designing Educational Initiatives in Libraries with Emerging Technologies

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Walks readers through the key components of developing library-led research and programming that leverages emerging technologies with the goal of engaging students and faculty.

As educational curricula and research evolve to include advanced technologies, libraries must offer programming with these emerging technologies in mind, including the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Valk, Mi, and Schick present readers with tools for assessing their level of organizational readiness to begin such programs and, more importantly, how to sustain them with limited budgets, expertise, and resources.

Building on their own experiences, the authors teach readers how to develop technology-rich classes, assess student projects, and overcome technical hurdles. They spotlight this kind of programming as integral to building strategic partnerships in an educational environment. Readers will learn how to adapt and design programs or initiatives in which the necessary technologies are rapidly changing, not only in higher education institutions, but also in K–12 schools. Worksheets and resources assist readers in reflecting on their own work and developing educational programming to suit their organizational needs.


  • Teaches readers to develop courses and programs including immersive technologies
  • Identifies free and low-cost resources
  • Helps instructors evaluate devices
  • Helps develop library-led research

Imprint: Libraries Unlimited

Published: June 2023

Pages: 190

Sku: 9781440878978

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