Library Renovations: Michigan State Libraries Installs New Modern Vibe With Virtual Reality and Comic Books
MSU Libraries has a fresh new vibe after two major renovations within the last year. The Special Collections, which includes more than 450,000 rare printed works, was newly renovated and opened to the public on Aug. 18, 2017 and was moved from the basement level to the first floor with an exhibition space. The Digital Scholarship Lab, the latest edition located on the second floor west wing, opened five weeks ago.
“Right near the entrance we have the 360-degree visualization room. That can put video or image or a virtual reality environment up in a 360-degree immersive visualization,” Head of Digital Scholarship and Maker Space Services Terence O’Neill said. “So as opposed to a virtual reality where it’s one person having the individual experience in their headset, the 360 you can have 15 people working through the ruins in Greece working through the 360-degree camera.”
In addition to the Digital Scholarship Lab, O’Neill helped create Selma D. and Stanley C. Hollander MakeCentral: Makerspace, which is an alternative space that encourages cross discipline collaboration and learning.
About Gary Price
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.