NORMAN – The University of Oklahoma Libraries is pleased to announce that Oculus VR, LLC has donated a gift of 10 Oculus Rifts and Touch controllers to the University of Oklahoma Libraries. These units are the latest versions of the equipment already widely used across the OU campus. The gift is designed to further foster education, research, knowledge sharing and discussion related to virtual and augmented reality and its application in academic and research settings.
"We're pleased to be able to make this gift to OU Libraries," said Cindy Ball, Program Manager, Oculus Education, "We were deeply impressed with the work being done there and felt we had not seen anything like it anywhere else in the country. OU Libraries is doing some very leading-edge work in this field."
OU Libraries' Innovation @ the Edge won an Education Futurist Award from Campus Technology this year due, in part, to their efforts supporting the integration and use of VR technologies in the classroom. Emerging technologies librarians created the Oklahoma Virtual Academic Laboratory to specifically facilitate course instruction and interaction using VR. Since its creation, OVAL systems have been added to four locations on the OU-Norman campus.
"This gift is going to allow us to continue to push the frontiers of virtual reality in education and pedagogy." Said Carl Grant, associate dean of libraries and chief technology officer. "We're so pleased to have Oculus recognize our efforts to-date and to provide such valuable assistance in moving our future plans forward."
The University of Oklahoma Libraries is the largest research library in Oklahoma, containing more than 6 million volumes and over 4 million other digital and physical resources. The library system consists of the Bizzell Memorial Library, the Library Service Center, and branch libraries for fine arts, architecture, engineering and geology. OU Libraries is the intellectual crossroads of the university, representing the collective knowledge of the university and providing research and study assistance to facilitate knowledge creation.