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Virtual Reality and Innovative Technologies at the NIH Library during the NIH Research Festival

Mark your calendars for the NIH Research Festival! On September 14 and 15, the NIH Library will be participating in the Festival by featuring innovative technologies we make available to support research at NIH.

Join us in the NIH Library for some (educational) fun on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during the Research Festival as we offer demonstrations of virtual reality, 3D printing, a digital-production studio, our data visualization touchscreen, and more:

  • Immerse yourself in VR headsets and experience first-hand how virtual reality can enhance your basic or clinical research. We think you will like what you see…or, at least, what you think you are seeing. Demos will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 3D printing is changing how we do science by empowering investigators to create their own custom-made lab tools. Dream it; code it; print it.
  • Need to make a podcast, practice for a presentation, or create a tutorial? The Library’s Digital Production Studio can help you create your “mic drop” moment!
  • Explore data visualizations on our 65-inch touchscreen! Bring your own data or explore data visualizations developed by the NIH Library staff.

These demos will be available in the NIH Library on Wednesday, September 14, from noon to 4:30 p.m. and on Thursday, September 15, from noon to 5:00 p.m. The NIH Library is just around the corner from the Masur Auditorium and the FAES Terrace. Please stop by on your way to or from the Research Festival.

In addition to the demos in the NIH Library, we will also have a table at the Special Exhibits on Resources for Intramural Research in the Building 10 South Lobby on all three days of the Festival (see the website for specific times: https://researchfestival.nih.gov/2016/special-exhibits-resources-intramural-research.) Stop by to learn more about the Library’s extensive resources and services and while you’re there, take our survey to help us better understand future research directions in your field and how we can position ourselves to support you!

If you are planning to go to the poster sessions at the FAES Terrace, be sure to stop by to talk to our Bibliometrics and Bioinformatics specialists on Thursday, September 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. They will be presenting posters on The Bibliometric Services Program at the NIH Library and The NIH Library Bioinformatics Support Program.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Sign language interpreters and other reasonable accommodations can be provided. If you require such accommodations, please contact the NIH Library Information Desk at 301.496.1080 five business days in advance. For TDD users/callers, please call the above number through the Federal Relay Service at 1.800.877.8339.

The NIH Library in Building 10 serves the information needs of NIH staff and select Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies. The NIH Library is part of the Office of Research Services (ORS) in the Office of the Director (OD).