May 17, 2022

Report: “Virtual Reality and Smoothie Bars: What’s in at Bay Area University Libraries?”

University libraries mentioned in the article:

  • San Jose State
  • Santa Clara University
  • Sonoma State University
  • Stanford
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Santa Cruz

From The Mercury News:

Librarians at UC Berkeley are holding workshops for students on what to do with the information they collect using drones. At Stanford, they’re experimenting with virtual reality. And across the Bay Area, as more textbooks gather dust and coursework moves online, universities are reimagining their libraries.

“We’re like fish,” said Sonoma State University librarian Karen Schneider. “If we don’t keep swimming, we die.”


Students today might be digital natives, but many still come to college not knowing how to search an online database, said Cody Hennesy, Cal’s e-learning and information studies librarian. So he visits classrooms and offers workshops. Samberg, an intellectual property attorney in a past life, helps students and faculty navigate an ever-changing web of open source material, fair use policy, privacy concerns and ethics issues.

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.