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September 1, 2017

IMLS National Leadership Grant Awarded to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library

On August 30, 2017, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded an IMLS National Leadership Grant for Libraries to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library for the “Medical Libraries of the Future: Creating a Primer on How to Design a Virtual Reality Studio” project. The funding will be augmented by Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment.

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library, in collaboration with the University of Washington Center for Cardiovascular Innovation (CCVI) will plan, design, build, test, and assess a Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) program and studio in the Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) for the surgical care team to use prior to heart surgery to simulate the surgery in a health sciences library environment. The project will also develop a "how to" primer for other medical libraries to use to design, plan, implement, and evaluate VR and AR studios for healthcare team use in an easy to understand format. Since scholarly and medical literature are now almost entirely digital, providing the space, technology, and expertise for using VR and AR equipment can allow medical libraries to bring researchers and clinicians back into the library to further innovations in healthcare.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services LG-74-17-0190-17.

National Leadership Grant Awarded to the University of Washington Health Sciences Library