Diana Hellyar, reference librarian, co-authored a book chapter titled Improving Digital Experience through Modeling the Human Experience: The Resurgence of Virtual (and Augmented and Mixed) Reality in the book, Reconceptualizing Libraries: Perspectives from the Information and Learning Sciences, published in August 2018. Hellyar was approached to write the chapter due to previous research on virtual reality while interning at MIT Libraries’ Program on Information Science. Her co-authors are Renee Walsh and Dr. Micah Altman, the director of research at MIT.
Jillian Maynard attended the Open Education Conference in Niagara Falls, New York, in October. She attended as a Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition’s (SPARC) Open Education Leadership Fellow and also led a presentation titled “Private Institution, Public Outlook: Lessons Learned from the Early Start of an OER Initiative,” which detailed her work on UHart’s Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative and the unique challenges faced by private institutions in this movement. Social justice emerged as an important theme of the conference, with keynote speakers from across the country sharing their insights as to how OER help combat issues with equity in education and access to resources.
Sean Parke, University archivist, recently concluded his term as news and notes editor and co-chair of the New England Archivists Newsletter Committee.