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Media Grid Launches Library Technology Working Group (LIB.TWG) for Immersive Education
BOSTON, MA - December 12, 2008 - The Media Grid this month launched the Library Technology Working Group (LIB.TWG) to define, implement, evolve and maintain applications and open standards related to the provision of library services associated with Immersive Education. Participation in the Library TWG is open to the public and members of the Immersive Education Initiative having experience with real-world or digital libraries, or extensive experience developing or using virtual worlds, simulators or video games. Access to the Library TWG is available through the group charter at http://mediagrid.org/groups/technology/LIB.TWG/.
In the age of Immersive Education libraries are challenged to provide resources and personalized research and learning services that transcend physical space. Scholarly communication that once depended on printed books and journals is now network disseminated and enriched with the spectrum of multimedia—moving and still photo/video images, sound, animation, immersive 3D and virtual reality, simulation, executable code, large data sets—as well as interactive communication among reviewers and readers. Pedagogy that was predominantly an independent and competitive process for students outside class now makes greater use of collaboration, cooperation, and group study.
In addition to a changed learning and research environment, librarians face continually changing sources for the digital literature and other assets they acquire and make available, and continually changing tools for scholars to locate and use these resources. Management of the library enterprise is characterized by more complex and intense communication among librarians, and the delivery of library services is distinguished by the need for direct, personalized advice on what is available and instruction on how to use it.
Although library practice has been deeply technological for thirty years or more, and a cornerstone of research and course delivery, it is now constrained by the traditions of physical services in real buildings. Similarly, working relations among library staff and with consortial partners depend on traditional modes of email, telephone and process control systems. Certainly, ample opportunity exists to enable vastly greater efficiencies in communication through the use of virtual reality meetings and consultations.
The Library Technology Working Group is chartered to project library services beyond the limits of the brick and mortar physical plant through the application of interactive 3D graphics and animation, open video game and simulation technology, virtual reality, voice over IP, web cams and other rich digital media. These technologies can be leveraged today toward the creation of virtual collaborative study spaces, virtual information literacy programs, virtual research and course consultations, virtual interlibrary document management, and virtual service delivery to name just a few possibilities.
To join visit the Library TWG charter at http://mediagrid.org/groups/technology/LIB.TWG/.
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