May 23, 2022

University of Nevada, Reno Libraries Using Virtual Reality Technology to Preserve the Past

From U. of Nevada, Reno:

Technology, entertainment and design. These three topics make up the acronym TED, a media organization that continues to spur and share new ideas worldwide. TEDxUniversityofNevada, an independently organized event, recently took place, and featured 22 talks and performances, all with big ideas worth spreading. The event saw record-setting attendance with more than 1,700 people present in the audience.

The University of Nevada, Reno’s own Michelle Rebaleati was one of the events speakers. She is a multimedia production specialist for University Libraries. Rebaleati captivated the audience with her big idea worth spreading: Using virtual reality to preserve the past.

“I work in a library, but I am not a librarian,” Rebaleati said as she opened her TEDx talk. “My role with the Libraries is to identify and preserve important objects, art work and moments in time. To do this work I utilize virtual reality (VR) and other multimedia technology.”

In her talk, Rebaleati challenged members of the audience to think about the range of uses for virtual and augmented reality (AR) technologies. She used several examples of past Libraries projects including The Reno Street Art Project, her documentary film “Walking With Reality” and a new virtual Anthropology museum the Libraries team is currently curating to support her big idea.

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