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Comparison of Librarians’ Perception on Metaverse According to their Experience in Use

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2023, 57(2), pp.293-319
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2023.57.2.293
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : April 21, 2023
  • Accepted : May 17, 2023
  • Published : May 31, 2023

Kung Jin Lee 1 Chae Yeon Lee 1

1이화여자대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

As libraries strive to improve their services, many have expressed interest in implementing new technologies. One such technology is metaverse, a virtual-reality space that enables social activities using avatars. However, implementing this technology can be challenging when many librarians are unfamiliar with the concept. This study aimed to investigate how librarians’ prior experiences with metaverse influence their expectations and potential use of the technology in libraries. Interviews with a total of 18 librarians were conducted. The study findings reveal that librarians had different conceptualizations of metaverse, regardless of prior experience. However, librarians had different thoughts on the potential use of metaverse for libraries dependent on prior experience. Regarding thoughts on potential use, the librarians who had non-experience running metaverse programs suggested ideas in expanding and trying out new services within metaverse. The librarians who had experience running metaverse programs, on the other hand, suggested focusing on transferring the existing services that are currently being provided in the library to metaverse.

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