Yale University Library Begins Loans of Google Glass to Student and Faculty Groups
In cooperation with the Instructional Technology Group (ITG) and the Student Technology Collaborative (STC), the Yale University Library has added the futuristic eyewear, Google Glass—unofficially dubbed “Yale Bass Glass” – to its collection of media devices at the Bass Library. The device will be loaned to faculty and student groups during the spring semester who can use it to explore the potential of Google Glass in enhancing classroom instruction and the research experience.
Tom Bruno, Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Reserves, along with Director of Access Services, Brad Warren, reached out to colleagues in the ITG and STC asking them if they’d be interested in a joint program to develop and use Glass in a library and classroom setting. In determining who to partner with, Warren stated, “with previous successes such as the class set iPad program, Bass Media Lab, and other initiatives, this partnership to explore the potential of Google Glass with ITG and STC is a good fit.”
Bruno and other Access Services staff will also be working with Library IT to help develop library-specific uses for the new technology, such as a “first-person scanner” Scan and Deliver application which would allow library staff to fulfill patron scanning requests directly from the library stacks, as well as using Google Glass to assist library patrons with disabilities.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.