At RPL’s annual Staff Development Day today (okay, yesterday since I’m posting this on Saturday), they were demoing a new Virtual Reality accessory the library recently purchased.
It felt pretty seamless for me (other than it losing track of me a couple times for some reason) but a lot of bystanders had a good laugh at another co-worker who screamed, ducked and flinched as she played the “highway luge” game where you slide down a highway as vehicles rush towards you! 😉
Anyhow, my branch now has a 3D Printer and a patron recently asked the obvious question: “Why?”
I answered that the library has always been about providing access to things that people didn’t have – in our earliest days, we provided books when they weren’t easily available but as new technologies have come along – CD’s & DVD’s, computers and the Internet, and on to video gaming systems and now cutting edge technologies like 3D Printers and VR – the library has always been one of the first places that citizens are exposed to the latest and greatest before they become more affordable or accessible for the home user.