This event, The LibViz Project, organized by Michaela Ullmann (USC LIbraries, Special Collections), combines the power of serendipitous search, interactive technologies, and visual representation to create new ways to engage and to access rare, specialized, and three-dimensional cultural heritage materials.
- Andreas Kratky, Prof., Interactive Media and Games, USC School of Cinematic Arts
- Virginia Kuhn, Prof., Media Arts + Practice. USC School of Cinematic Arts
- Atley Loughridge, Graduate student, Interactive Media and Games Division, USC School of Cinematic Arts
- Sue Luftschein, Archival and Metadata Librarian, USC Libraries, Special Collections
- Michaela Ullmann, Exile Studies Librarian, USC Libraries, Special Collections.
ABSTRACT (PREPARED BY PANEL ORGANIZER)
Kratky, Kuhn, Loughridge, Luftschein, and Ullmann will talk about their collaboration in developing a tool that allows users to explore the rare and unique items housed in Special Collections without the limitations of the physical space, but in a way that recreates the engagement patrons experience when touching and handling the actual object. Using the rich possibilities of touch screens and mobile devices, LibViz combines the power and speed of database search with the serendipitous browsing of the shelves in a physical library. Through a custom-designed interface, interaction technologies will provide for combinations of textual and visual information representation to create new ways to engage and access three-dimensional cultural heritage materials that are oftentimes restricted or limited in access. Panelists will present first examples of their work in development. They will discuss their journey on the way to a LibViz prototype, the benefits of their interdisciplinary collaboration, and challenges faced.
LibViz at USC:
The Architectural Touch: Gestural Approaches to Library Search (by Andreas Kratky, Virginia Kuhn, and Susan Luftschein, 2015 Digital Initiatives Symposium, University of San Diego Copley Library, April 29, 2015.