Liberact III (2015)

Liberact III Conference

September 17-18, 2015

Liberact is a participatory conference that focuses on the interaction of users and technology in libraries and museums including immersive environments, large scale visualization, and interactive/gesture based computing. 


James B. Hunt Jr. Library, Raleigh, North Carolina


Thursday, September 17th

8:15 Transportation from Sheraton Sheraton Downtown Raleigh  
8:30-9:00 Breakfast @ Hunt Library Duke Energy Hall  
9:00-9:15 Introduction Duke Energy Hall  
9:15-9:30 Ask Anything Duke Energy Hall An open session for asking questions and identifying potential discussion points for Liberact III.
9:30-10:00 NC State Duke Energy Hall Mike Nutt, Director of Visualization Services at NC State, will provide an overview of the visualization programs and the high-technology spaces of NCSU Libraries.
10:00-10:45 Deakin University Duke Energy Hall Kayne Richens, Manager, Digital Library Technologies at Deakin University, will discuss The Verge--a curved, five screen, touch enabled visualization space. The presentation will explore the challenges and solutions to displaying combined and individualized content and will also provide an overview of the hardware, software, and future plans for the space.
10:45-11:00 Break/Room Change Teaching and Visualization Lab Travel to the Teaching and Visualization Lab on the 4th Floor of the James B. Hunt Jr. Library.
11:00-11:30 UNC-CH Teaching and Visualization Lab Amanda Henley, GIS Librarian at UNC Chapel Hill, will discuss how the Davis Library Research Hub uses the Liquid Galaxy to facilitate virtual field trips, teach GIS concepts, and assist with image classification and interpretation. The Liquid Galaxy is an immersive environment that offers a low-barrier to librarians and users. She will present using examples from Google Earth in the Teaching and Visualization Lab at Hunt Library.
11:30-11:45 Room Change Duke Energy Hall Return to the Duke Energy Hall in Hunt Library.
11:45-12:30 Harvard University Duke Energy Hall Henry "Trae" Winter III, an astrophysicist working for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will discuss the relationships between big data, science and art. The presentation will consist of exploring large datasets and the tools developed to visualize them in order to see that the boundaries between art and science are very often blurred.
12:30-1:30 Lunch Duke Energy Hall  
1:30-2:00 University of Calgary Duke Energy Hall Justin Anders, Digital Project and Web Developer at the University of Calgary Libraries, will discuss a large software upgrade project for digital screens and kiosks at the Taylor Family Digital Library, opened in 2011 as a state-of-the-art learning and research center. He will discuss how they identified priorities for this project, designed the new interface, identified a vendor and will also outline the project rollout and ongoing challenges.
2:00-2:15 Boston University Duke Energy Hall Mary Erica Zimmer, Ph.D. Candidate in Editorial Studies at Boston University, will present "Browsing the Bookshops in Paul's Cross Churchyard", a project focusing upon mapped bookstalls in the delimited area of Paul's Cross Churchyard in London prior to the Great Fire of 1666. Through a visual interface, the project will enhance current pathways to and through early modern texts.
2:15-2:45 Brandeis University Duke Energy Hall Deb Sarlin, Digital Teaching and Learning Designer at Brandeis University , will discuss the energy and enthusiasm developing out of their two new Library Labs (the MakerLab and the Digital Humanities Lab) that have enabled beautifully scanned skulls, based on originals too fragile to examine physically, to be examined in a virtual space. She will share an overview of a variety of projects and show how research, computing, algorithm and narrative are simple terms taking exciting new shape in these interdisciplinary spaces.
2:45-3:00 DELTA NC State Duke Energy Hall Mike Cuales, Creative Director for New Media Development with DELTA (Distance Education Learning Technology Applications) at NC State, will discuss his work in 360 spherical video production and upcoming projects leveraging virtual and augmented reality at NC State and beyond. He will also show how the 3D printing and visualization services at Hunt Library has further accelerated efforts in this fast moving technology arena.
3:00-4:30 Technology Showcase Art Wall, Teaching and Visualization Lab, Creativity Studio, NextGen Commons, and Game Lab Features interactive presentations of projects from academic presenters as well as hands-on demonstrations from companies working with immersive computing.
4:30-4:45 Closing Duke Energy Hall  
5:00 Transportation to Sheraton Meet on the 1st floor of the Hunt Library  

Friday, September 18th

8:15 Transportation from Sheraton Sheraton Downtown Raleigh  
8:30-9:00 Breakfast @ Hunt Library Duke Energy Hall  
9:00-9:15 Liberact Introduction to Coffee & Viz Duke Energy Hall A brief introduction for Liberact attendees to the vision and purpose of the Coffee & Vis discussion series.
9:15-9:30 Coffee & Viz Mixer Duke Energy Hall  
9:30-10:30 Coffee & Vis Duke Energy Hall Dr. Ben Watson, associate professor of computer science at NC State will discuss “visualization as persuasion", using visualization as a tool for communication rather than discovery.
10:30-10:45 Break & Mixer Duke Energy Hall  
10:45-11:30 Breakout Sessions Duke Energy Hall An informal session to discuss topics of interest in small groups.
11:30-12:30 Breakout Reporting Duke Energy Hall An informal session to discuss breakout sessions and Liberact findings.
12:30-1:30 Closing & Lunch Duke Energy Hall  
1:40 Transportation to Sheraton Meet on the 1st floor of the Hunt Library  



A registration fee of $150 covers breakfasts, lunches, breaks, and the cost of bus travel from the downtown hotel to the Hunt Library. Attendance will be limited to 50 attendees. Registration deadline was September 11, 5pm.


There are a number of hotels located in downtown Raleigh. See this listing for details. We will be offering a shuttle to and from the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.