Yavapai College Retiree Connection is looking for some dynamic volunteers to train and assist a unique new project that is a part of the new library in Prescott Valley.
This unique project This room will have 3 projectors hooked up to 3 computers to project on 3 walls, using special software designed by Embry Riddle. In this special room, the user will act as the mouse, to move items around the screen. It is all motion based, the computers will follow the users motion patterns. This is not like IMAX, where you are “transported” to wherever you choose, but rather more like an interactive research facility. This room can also be used to teach small groups, from 7-10 people in the room at a time.
Volunteers will be trained to become “experts” by the developers at Embry Riddle. First, the software has to be “trained” to follow movements, and then users have to be trained. Access will be controlled so that only trained library members can use the facility. The room will be closed off, with no windows, so a volunteer will have to be inside at all times, to make sure everything runs smoothly. Trained volunteers might also have a special notation on their nametag to let people know they are trained and ready to help with this experience. Training can be done in small groups or one on one.
Another special project for volunteers may be to research interesting websites for potential use in this room. One example of a great link is the Arizona Fish and Game website. Underwater cameras follow the lives of fish in a hatchery. www.azgfd.gov/video This program will use mostly video and still images, and needs several different subjects to fill its database. If there is anyone out there who may be interested pulling together a team and heading up this special project contact Donna Bellina @ 717-7633.
Some interesting facts about the new library are:
- The new Library Building design continues to model the Glassford Hill theme as a dormant volcano – with a lot of oranges and grays. The furniture itself is sleek and contemporary as to match the architecture of the building.
- Glassford Hill is part of a historical communication site where troops communicated by using "Heliograph Stations" or mirror stations. Glassford Hill was the second-to-last heliograph point for communications with Prescott, when it was the Capital of Arizona. The heliograph theme has been incorporated into the design of the interior of the building. You can see the Heliograph inspired lighting in the ceiling in the attached rendering of the inside of the library. The partnership between the Town of Prescott Valley and Yavapai College is as exciting as the building itself. The College and the Town have an Agreement to share in the costs and the ownership of the building.
Go to the Prescott Valley Library web-site at www.pvaz.net. Scroll down to Volunteer and click on the Library Volunteer Application (part I)
Print out the application and complete it. Return to the Prescott Valley Library check out desk and ask for Linda Bobadilla. Once your application has been turned in, the library will review it and then contact you for an interview and to set up a background check. Everyone involved in volunteering for the Prescott Valley Library has to pass a background check. The background check is part 2 of the application process. Still interested in being a part of it? Get those applications in! For any further questions contact Kathy Heller @ 759-3061. Kathy can also fill you in on some of the other wonderful volunteer opportunities at the Prescott Valley Library.