ALA Midwinter Highlights

Califa Executive Director Paula MacKinnon rocked the house as part of the panel for Extend Library Access through the Open Library Model. The Open Library Model has been successfully implemented in more than 750 libraries since 2004, providing access to new library users, offering additional library hours, and increasing the use of library space, collection, and self-service resources. Read about Ventura County Library's implementation of Open+ here or watch the short video here.

Sara Jones, Marin County Free Library Director and Califa Board President, shared her work as part the panel of the XR (Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality) Programming in Libraries: Integrating Immersive Media into Library Collections. XR Immersive media is changing the game in libraries, bringing library users experiences with different technology standards, and resources. California, Washington, and Nevada libraries have pioneered this new tool. Participants shared information about set-up, installation, hardware, software, staff training, and XR media collection development, as well as best practices for libraries to use in integrating XR into library experiences.

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