Sunday, August 4 • 10:30am - 11:45am
104 - Unboxing the Archives: Transforming Collections with Augmented Reality and Collaborative Design

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This session showcases interdisciplinary collaborations across academic, museum, archives, and public library settings using AR and VR to share collections with researchers and the public. The speakers share methods for engaging the next generation of students, researchers, and information seekers using AR and VR technology with archival collections. Each presenter emphasizes strategies for collaborating across disciplines and tips for using new technologies, so that attendees will leave the session with practical frameworks for applying AR and VR for their own collections.

Jenifer Monger: Augmenting the Archives: Accessing 19th Century Documents Through the Lens of 21st Century Technology
John F. Ansley: The Challenges of Multimedia Archives: Improving Accessibility and Engaging Researchers Using AR and Open-Source Tools
Andrew Borman: Digital Preservation of Electronic Games and the Challenges of Preserving Augmented Reality Games
Rebecca Rouse: Teaching Digital Design for Cultural Heritage: Augmented Reality, Archives, and Community Engagement
Thomas Sommer: Transforming Communities: Linking Libraries and Education through VR Technologies


Jenifer Monger

Institute Archivist, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Institute Archives and Special Collections
Jenifer Monger is the Institute Archivist and Manager of Archives and Special Collections at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She specializes in collaborating across disciplines and curating archival material in ways that foster new perspectives by utilizing innovative technolog... Read More →


John F. Ansley

Director, Marist College
John has been Director of the Marist College Archives and Special Collections for eighteen years. Making collections available using open source platforms, Ansley also advocates for innovative undergraduate research and teaches Digital Humanities.

Andrew Borman

Digital Games Curator, The Strong National Museum of Play
Borman has over 12 years experience in game preservation. He created PtoPOnline, a website to preserve prototypes and gaming history. Borman coordinates The Strong's digital preservation efforts and designs and implements interactives in the museum.

Rebecca Rouse

Assistant Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
With over a decade of experience working in interactive media, Rouse's research focuses on new technologies and narrative. She designs and develops projects across games, museums, heritage sites, and theater, investigating new modes of storytelling.
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Thomas Sommer

Branch Manager, Summerlin Library
Tom Sommer is the Branch Manager at the Summerlin Library. Sommer leads programs on limitless learning, community and culture. He has over 20 years of experience in the archival and library fields. His scholarship focuses on discovery, access, and mentoring.

Sunday August 4, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am CDT
201/202, [Level 2]