Breezing Along with the RML: Updates on VR project and All of US Initiative
Wednesday, June 20 – 2pm MT/3pm CT
Please note the New Time – 2pm MT/3pm CT
Join us for updates on two projects:
Brandon Patterson and Donna Baluchi from Eccles Health Sciences Library will share their Virtual Reality (VR) Studio:
As campus demand and interest in VR education expand, library personnel interviewed VR champions and potential users of a future library space dedicated to VR play and development. Funds for VR equipment were secured through the Technology Improvement Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR). The new VR Studio was added to the library educational technology studio space. The VR Studio was promoted through open houses, educational programs, hands-on workshops, events, and on-demand learning modules.
George Strawley, All of Us Community Engagement Engagement Coordinator will present – The All of Us Research Program: Working to Understand Health Better with Help from Libraries
Libraries have always seen the provision of reliable health information as an important part of their duties, but the proliferation of both good and bad health information on the web has eroded that role in many patrons’ minds. This session discusses a National Network of Libraries of Medicine program aimed at delivering health information to populations underrepresented in biomedical research such as racial and ethnic minorities, low-income people, the LGBTQ+ community, rural populations, and others. It explains the project’s tie-in to a larger National Institutes of Health effort to recruit a million or more volunteers to provide their genetic and health information for the sake of broadening the benefits of medical research to a more diverse segment of society. It touches on how libraries can tap into the emerging trend of “precision medicine,” which uses advances in genomics to more closely tailor medical treatment to the individual patient.