ALA on Augmented Reality
My great concern with technology has always been for people with literacy difficulties. Navigating through the internet to find information, identifying authoritative information, and avoiding scams all concern me. For some, even sending an email can be difficult.
The ALA has posted an article on the use of smart phones and geo- spatial technology and how they can be used in libraries – enabling additional information to be scanned into your phone augmenting the existing information and, with the use of geo-spatial technology and RFID tags, enabling the user to find materials on the shelf. I am hoping the next step will allow users to listen to the additional information rather than read it on their screen. This would enable those with reading difficulties to function more effectively in a technological world. It would be empowering for those with literacy difficulties and it may make them more comfortable in a library – a place traditionally associated with books. See the ALA’s article linked here: