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Thursday, June 22 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
5b: Advantages And Challenges Of Using Augmented Reality For Library Orientations In An Academic/Research Library Setting

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This study aims to make an inquiry regarding the advantages and challenges of integrating augmented reality (AR) into the library orientation programs of academic/research libraries. With the vast number of emerging technologies that are currently being introduced to the library world, it is essential for academic librarians to fully utilize these technologies to their advantage. However, it is also of equal importance for them to first make careful analysis and research before deciding whether to adopt a certain technology or not. AR offers a strategic medium through which librarians can attach digital information to real-world objects and simply let patrons interact with them. It is a channel that librarians can utilize in order to disseminate information and guide patrons in their studies or researches. And while it is expected for AR to grow tremendously in the next few years, it becomes more inevitable for academic librarians to acquire related IT skills in order to further improve the services they offer in their respective colleges and universities.

The study shall employ the pragmatic approach to research, conducting an extensive review of available literature on AR as used in academic libraries, designing a prototype to illustrate how AR can be integrated to an existing library orientation program, and performing surveys and interviews on patrons and librarians who used it. This study can serve as a guide in order for academic librarians to assess whether implementing AR in their respective libraries will be beneficial to them or not.


Sharon Maria S. Esposo-Betan

Head Librarian, University of the Philippines (UP) College of Engineering Libraries
SHARON MARIA S. ESPOSO-BETAN is the Head Librarian of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Engineering Libraries. She obtained her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the UP School of Library and Information Studies where she currently teaches graduate... Read More →

Jonathan Faustino Santos

Head of the Information Systems and Network Services Section, University of the Philippines (UP) – College of Engineering Libraries
JONATHAN F. SANTOS currently works as the head of the Information Systems and Network Services Section of the University of the Philippines (UP) – College of Engineering Libraries. He finished his Bachelor of Library and Information Science in UP School of Library and Information... Read More →

Thursday June 22, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm PDT
C2.06 - 2nd floor Free University of Bolzano-Bozen

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