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Virtual and Extended Reality

This event is brought to you by Simmons University's School of Library and Information Science

Date: October 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. ET

Learn about Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Mixed Reality (MR) from Simmons University faculty in the School of the Library and Information Science UX & Emerging Technologies Lab. They will present their current research involving XR technologies and comment on how it relates to broader trends in the LIS field, including accessibility, usability, and communication. There will also be an interactive session where participants can experience the social VR platform Mozilla Hubs. No VR headset is required. You can join via a browser on your computer!

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Meet the Speakers



Associate Professor of Practice,
Simmons University School of Library and Information Science

Jeffrey Pomerantz is an Associate Professor of Practice, and the Coordinator of the SLIS Online Program. He was the PI on the HP / EDUCAUSE Building the Campus of the Future project, the broadest study to date of VR and AR technology in higher education. He is an Associate Editor of the Open Access Directory, and co-founder of a thus-far successful startup building educational VR experiences for the cultural heritage sector.


Assistant Professor,
Simmons University School of Library and Information Science

Catherine Dumas is an Assistant Professor who specializes in Knowledge Organization and Management and Information in Organizational Environments. Her research is motivated by data generated by platforms potentially used for online collective action or digital activism. Using data mining techniques and online collective action theories her work is exploring the impact of new information communication technologies (ICTs) on the phenomenon of online collective action. Catherine is also the Co-Director of the SLIS UX & Emerging Technologies Lab. Her research explores the usability of XR technology applications.


Assistant Professor,
Simmons University School of Library and Information Science

Rachel Williams is an Assistant Professor in SLIS who teaches courses in a variety of topics, including public librarianship and technology. Her research examines how public librarians support people and communities in crisis, and most recently how VR/AR may be a useful tool for training in support of the provision of those information services.


Assistant Professor,
Simmons University School of Library and Information Science

Sarah Pratt Martin is an Assistant Professor of Practice who primarily teaches archival studies. In addition to obtaining her MSLIS from Simmons, Sarah also has a Masters certificate in UX Research and Design from UMichigan. Her teaching interests include archival studies; engaged learning; reference, outreach, and advocacy; and user instruction and experience.

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