Adding Hybrid Reality technologies (i.e., virtual/augmented/mixed realities) to the long and growing list of experiences that libraries offer is keeping libraries on the bleeding edges while allowing their users to engage with these emerging technologies. Libraries that offer these experiences are opening the minds of their users to understand what is possible today and giving opportunities to see what they can possibly create in the future. In this webinar,

· Learn the differences between virtual, augmented, and mixed realities.
· Understand how these technologies will change everything ranging from gaming to education.
· Discover various products on the market now and those that are soon to be released.
· Explore 360° video and photograph technologies to include in a variety of formats.raodcast

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Original broadcast March 14, 2018

Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.