Fine Arts Staff Experience Augmented Reality at Cabot How-To Session

FAL staff viewing augmented reality book.

We were excited to welcome our colleagues from the Fine Arts library to a special Cabot summer How-To session. Led by Susan Berstler, Emily Coolidge Toker, and Paul Worster, the 2-hour visit included an overview of the Discovery Bar and Ice Cube as well as hands-on experience in the Media Studios and Instruction Room. Discussion ranged from brainstorming specific examples of how FAL staff might use the Cabot spaces to more conceptual conversation about the changing role of libraries as they incorporate more digital collections. A highlight of the visit was the exploration of a FAL book, Making Memeries by artist Lucas Blalock, brought by Research and Collections Librarian, Jessica Evans Brady. Blalock, Visiting Lecturer on Visual and Environmental Studies, Spring 2017, has taken his interest in Photoshop into the realm of augmented reality. This unique artist book allows the viewer using an app on their smart phone or tablet to see the content on its pages in an expanded manner. As each photograph is activated, the viewer’s experience expands to include sound, animation, and 3D renderings. Participants played with activating the book’s AR content in both the media studio and Instruction room, utilizing the large screens in the latter to allow multiple people to engage with the images simultaneously.

Making Memeries by Lucas Blalock can be requested in Hollis and viewed in the Fine Arts Library special collections reading room . HOLLIS Number: 014987193

Staff in other units, departments, and libraries are encouraged to book a How-To workshop. We always happy to arrange a special session for larger groups; just email: cabcirc@fas.harvard.edu