Representatives from CNI member organizations gather twice annually to explore new technologies, content, and applications; to further collaboration; to analyze technology policy issues, and to catalyze the development and deployment of new projects. Each member organization may send two representatives. Visit https://www.cni.org/mm/spring-2019 for more information.
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Tuesday, April 9 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
8.5 Services & Resources to Support Students

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"Increasing Student Engagement through Applied Research" (Ogle)
The Applied Research in Immersive Environments and Simulations (ARIES) program in the University Libraries at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University supports applied research that brings together industry partners, faculty, and students interested in the cognitive and affective aspects of learning in immersive environments, games, simulations for training and performance support, and more. It provides a destination for students to discover, create and share their own creations in the form of games, simulations, virtual reality, and augmented reality experiences for learning and entertainment while having the informal interactions with interested peers, faculty, industry partners, and external researchers that are valuable for student development. The ARIES program's studio prepares students for the workforce with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities through interdisciplinary work in immersive environments development, gaming for entertainment and learning, evaluation, visualization design, and development. A description of program activities and the facilities employed as well as examples of student work from the first year of this new program will be shared.

"ePosters Replace Print Posters: KAUST Library Initiative to Better Prepare Students and Preserve Scholarly Resources" (Vijayakumar, Hall)
Scientific posters are popular in conferences run by professional organizations in the UK, Europe and North America, with the majority focused on medicine and health care disciplines. Individual events may include hundreds (and even thousands) of posters with cumulative numbers from all events (including academia) estimated in the millions annually (1). Generally posters are not retained, in spite of their value as scholarly resources; many are the first reporting of new research and contain information months in advance of peer-reviewed articles. Printed posters have been around for many years and, with recent digital advances can be transformed into dynamic displays through multimedia inclusion and zoom functionality, whilst being made available via the web to large, geographically distributed audiences. Electronic posters (ePosters) are environmentally friendly, they eliminate printing and transport problems, and they scale well for large conferences (e.g. American Society of Anesthesiologists has used ePosters since 2013, recently with over 3000 posters at multiple sites). Most importantly, they lend themselves to being easily captured and retained as scientific resources. Following successful pilot projects (for which data on student and faculty support and cost-effectiveness will be presented), KAUST University Library has introduced a campus-wide ePoster service for the University beginning in January 2019. This service replaces printed posters and better prepares students for ePoster presentation scenarios commonplace within professional organizations and provides open access via the KAUST Research Repository. Training overheads for both students and organizers are low and uptake has been high, with weekly events scheduled for the first four months of 2019. Academia is notably behind this practitioner-driven trend. KAUST Library believes that, by rolling out an ePoster system to the University, it is the first campus in the world to offer such a campus-wide solution, reflecting a digital smart campus vision of KAUST.

1. Rowe, Nicolas (2017) Tracing the 'grey literature' of poster presentations: a mapping review. Health Information and Libraries Journal 34, pp.106-124 DOI: 10.1111/hir.12177


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J. K. Vijayakumar

Library Director, King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST)
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Garry Hall

Lead, Collection and Research Services, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Having moved to KAUST, from Australia in July 2016, I have been working on a wide variety of projects from building and space to technological advances such as electronic posters.

Todd Ogle

Executive Director, Applied Research in Immersive Environments and Simulations, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Tuesday April 9, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm