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3D Collection Strategies


Virginia Tech University Libraries, Indiana University Libraries, and the University of Oklahoma Libraries will organize three meetings to develop a roadmap and white paper for library adoption of 3D and virtual reality (VR) services. Lower costs and greater computational power have made 3D and VR technologies financially realistic for a broad variety of institutions. Many academic libraries have developed archives for other forms of research data, but there is an absence of standards and best practices for producing, managing, and preserving 3D and VR content. This gap is an information management problem suited to the strengths of libraries and can benefit librarians and researchers alike across institutions. The team will host three national forums, each on a different 3D and VR theme: content creation and publishing, visualization and analysis, and repository practice and standards.

This project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (LG-73-17-0141-17), and the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture and Environment.

Project Team

Virginia Tech University Libraries

Nathan Hall, Associate Director, Digital Imaging & Preservation & Project Director

Julie Griffin, Associate Dean, Research & Informatics

Andi Ogier, Director, Data Services

Zhiwu Xie, Director of Digital Library Development

Indiana University Libraries

Juliet Hardesty, Metadata Analyst, Digital Collections Services

Jenny Johnson, Head of Digitization Services, IUPUI

Jennifer Laherty, Head of Sciences

Robert McDonald, Associate Dean for Research & Technology Strategies

Jamie Wittenberg, Head of Scholarly Communication

University of Oklahoma Libraries

Matt Cook, Head, Emerging Technologies

Zack Lischer-Katz, CLIR Post-Doc Fellow

Tara Carlisle, Head, Digital Scholarship Lab

Advisory Board

  • Carl Grant, Associate Dean, University of Oklahoma Libraries
  • Patricia Hswe, Program Officer, Mellon Foundation
  • Jason Jerald, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant, NextGen Interactions, LLC
  • Fred Limp, University Professor, University of Arkansas Dept of Geosciences
  • Clifford Lynch, Director, Coalition for Networked Information
  • Jerome McDonough, Associate Professor, iSchool, University of Illinois
  • Jennifer Moore, Data Librarian, Washington University at St. Louis and PI, CS3DP
  • Bryan Carter, Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona
  • Diane Zorich, Director, Smithsonian Digitization Program
  • Margaret Dolinsky, Associate Professor, Indiana University





Nathan Hall