Handheld Librarian Conference, July 2011 Genya O ’Gara & Cory Lown SPECIAL COLLECTIONS RESEARCH CENTER DIGITAL LIBRARY INI...
BACKGROUND Familiar Scenes
BACKGROUND Mobile Website
BACKGROUND Augmented reality has strong potential to provide both powerful contextual,  in situ  learning experiences and ...
BACKGROUND Augmented Reality Spectrum Paul Milgram ’s Reality-Virtuality Continuum
BACKGROUND Connect students to  university history – in their  spaces Engage users with the people,  events, and environme...
BACKGROUND Instead of this…
WHY Show them this…
WHY While listening  to this…
BACKGROUND When they ’re standing here…
Initial events BACKGROUND
BACKGROUND  Walking Tour
 
BACKGROUND Opportunity
BACKGROUND Opportunity
 
 
 
RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
 
EDITING CONTENT
EDITING CONTENT
EDITING CONTENT
EDITING CONTENT
TECHNOLOGIES <ul><li>Ruby on Rails with MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>jQuery Mobile </li></ul>The Mobile Web App
TECHNOLOGIES <ul><li>Touch-optimized interface at low cost </li></ul><ul><li>Simplified cross-platform/browser support </l...
TECHNOLOGIES <ul><li>Solr Index of content and metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Djatoka image server </li></ul>The Digital Colle...
FUTURE Special Collections Students Alumni Classes Orientation Recruiting African American Cultural Center Uses
REFLECTIONS Partnerships <ul><li>External </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History Faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>African America...
REFLECTIONS Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous.   --Thomas King
REFLECTIONS
CHALLENGES In-Browser Audio <ul><li>Should be easy </li></ul><ul><li>It ’s still tricky </li></ul><ul><li>http://diveintoh...
CHALLENGES JQuery Mobile is Beta (was Alpha)
CHALLENGES Quality Assurance <ul><li>Audio must agree with text (names, dates). </li></ul><ul><li>Audio recording quality ...
FUTURE DIRECTIONS Plans <ul><li>Add content to Red, White, and Black </li></ul><ul><li>Use back-end application as framewo...
The End Questions? Cory Lown Digital Library Initiatives (919) 513-2309  [email_address] Genya O ’Gara Special Collections...
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History at Hand: Combining Special Collections and Mobile Technology to Engage Students and Faculty with African-American History

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The Red, White, and Black (RWB) project was conceived as a human-guided walking-tour about African-American history at NC State University. The current generation of mobile devices has enabled us to publish this interactive guide on the web, so that anyone with a smart phone can explore this important aspect of university history. This talk outlines the creation of the RWB mobile application, which integrates existing digital collections and infrastructure to provide access to events, images, and audio that highlight the lives and experiences of African-Americans at NC State. This project is one example of the ways NCSU Libraries is creating opportunities for situated discovery and learning. We will explore some of the challenges and possibilities of repurposing special collections materials to provide new avenues for learning, discuss the technologies and infrastructure that make this possible, and highlight future directions for exposing library resources using mobile devices.

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History at Hand: Combining Special Collections and Mobile Technology to Engage Students and Faculty with African-American History

  1. 1. Handheld Librarian Conference, July 2011 Genya O ’Gara & Cory Lown SPECIAL COLLECTIONS RESEARCH CENTER DIGITAL LIBRARY INITIATIVES History at Hand Combining Special Collections and Mobile Technology to Engage Students and Faculty with African-American History
  2. 2. BACKGROUND Familiar Scenes
  3. 3. BACKGROUND Mobile Website
  4. 4. BACKGROUND Augmented reality has strong potential to provide both powerful contextual, in situ learning experiences and serendipitous exploration and discovery of the connected nature of information in the real world. New Media Consortium Horizon 2007 Report In Situ Learning
  5. 5. BACKGROUND Augmented Reality Spectrum Paul Milgram ’s Reality-Virtuality Continuum
  6. 6. BACKGROUND Connect students to university history – in their spaces Engage users with the people, events, and environment that shaped campus Surface archival materials in new ways
  7. 7. BACKGROUND Instead of this…
  8. 8. WHY Show them this…
  9. 9. WHY While listening to this…
  10. 10. BACKGROUND When they ’re standing here…
  11. 11. Initial events BACKGROUND
  12. 12. BACKGROUND Walking Tour
  13. 14. BACKGROUND Opportunity
  14. 15. BACKGROUND Opportunity
  15. 19. RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
  16. 20. RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
  17. 21. RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
  18. 22. RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
  19. 23. RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
  20. 24. RED, WHITE & BLACK TOUR
  21. 26. EDITING CONTENT
  22. 27. EDITING CONTENT
  23. 28. EDITING CONTENT
  24. 29. EDITING CONTENT
  25. 30. TECHNOLOGIES <ul><li>Ruby on Rails with MySQL </li></ul><ul><li>jQuery Mobile </li></ul>The Mobile Web App
  26. 31. TECHNOLOGIES <ul><li>Touch-optimized interface at low cost </li></ul><ul><li>Simplified cross-platform/browser support </li></ul><ul><li>Familiar HTML/JavaScript development environment </li></ul>jQuery Mobile (Beta 1)
  27. 32. TECHNOLOGIES <ul><li>Solr Index of content and metadata </li></ul><ul><li>Djatoka image server </li></ul>The Digital Collections Infrastructure
  28. 33. FUTURE Special Collections Students Alumni Classes Orientation Recruiting African American Cultural Center Uses
  29. 34. REFLECTIONS Partnerships <ul><li>External </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History Faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>African American </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Programming & Outreach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Collections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Library Initiatives </li></ul></ul>
  30. 35. REFLECTIONS Stories are wondrous things. And they are dangerous. --Thomas King
  31. 36. REFLECTIONS
  32. 37. CHALLENGES In-Browser Audio <ul><li>Should be easy </li></ul><ul><li>It ’s still tricky </li></ul><ul><li>http://diveintohtml5.org </li></ul>
  33. 38. CHALLENGES JQuery Mobile is Beta (was Alpha)
  34. 39. CHALLENGES Quality Assurance <ul><li>Audio must agree with text (names, dates). </li></ul><ul><li>Audio recording quality can vary </li></ul>
  35. 40. FUTURE DIRECTIONS Plans <ul><li>Add content to Red, White, and Black </li></ul><ul><li>Use back-end application as framework for other projects </li></ul><ul><li>Other library apps (Library tours? Staff-facing applications?) </li></ul>
  36. 41. The End Questions? Cory Lown Digital Library Initiatives (919) 513-2309 [email_address] Genya O ’Gara Special Collections Research Center (919) 513-2605 [email_address]

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