Oakville Public Library collaborates with tech start-ups to create augmented reality Report to the Community

May 2, 2018

For Immediate Release

OAKVILLE, ON – Oakville Public Library (OPL) is excited to present its augmented reality (AR) enabled 2017 Report to the Community. In addition to highlighting the organization’s significant achievements from last year, this special edition report reflects the library’s initiative to provide the Oakville community with modern technology and engaging opportunities.

Along with four special augmented reality experiences, this year’s document outlines specific library undertakings from 2017 that directly influenced the community. The report details the organization’s various endeavors, including outreach initiatives, service improvements, branch enhancements, collection expansions, and program developments.

“Last year, we successfully accomplished numerous objectives from the Oakville Public Library’s strategic plan,” says Lynn Horlor, CEO. “We completed many of our project commitments, including a complete renovation of our Iroquois Ridge Branch, as well as laid the groundwork for our upcoming ventures.”

The report, which is released annually, also includes OPL’s 2017 financial statement, a “Year in Review” infographic, a section about the library’s future goals, and a “Gratitude Report” dedicated to the organization’s supporters.

To develop this year’s interactive document, the library commissioned Silicon Halton tech start-ups M2F Inc. and Mi6 Agency to enhance the report with augmented reality. To create AR experiences, the agencies coded images within the document to play short, charming videos through the company’s app, Amagiq.

“Over the years we have actively introduced new technology into our services and programs to educate our customers about the value and importance of technology in our society,” says Horlor. “It was important for us to incorporate augmented reality into this year’s report to showcase how we, as an organization, are embracing and using technology to benefit our everyday operations.”

Oakville Public Library’s 2017 Report to the Community is available on the library’s website at www.opl.ca/about/index.

To learn more about M2F Inc. and Mi6 Agency, please visit www.m2f.ca or www.mi6agency.com.

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