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Discussion Info Quest opens: A new virtual world for librarians 8/30/2015

by Valerie Hill on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 02:17 pm

Anyone interested in a new web-based virtual world for libraries, education, and museums is invited to Info Quest on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at noon Pacific Time (2pm Central).

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Anyone interested in a new web-based virtual world for libraries, education, and museums is invited to Info Quest on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at noon Pacific Time (2pm Central).

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Info Quest: A Web of Worlds Seminar
http://infoquest.spruz.com
 
Watch the promo 
 
August 30th 2015 (Sunday) at 12:00pm PST/SLT - 3:00pm CST - 3:00pm EST
Featured Speakers:
~~~Dr. Valerie Hill
~~~Dr. John Jamison
~~~ John Lester
~~~Faylene Keep
Our seminar will feature four keynote speakers with experience with web-based technology for 3D immersive education. Please visit our website for more information on the speakers under "Opening Day" dropdown menu "Keynote Speakers" http://infoquest.spruz.com/keynote-speakers.htm
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Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the technology. Follow the five easy steps down below to access our worlds, thanks.
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~STEP ONE~
Download the Unity Web Player URL: http://unity3d.com/webplayer/ choose which versions for Window or Mac. 
~STEP TWO~
Register at Info Quest’s URL: http://infoquest.jibemix.com/jibe/default.aspx
~STEP THREE~
You will be asked to download “Vivox” plug-in used for voice/mic. Make sure “Vivox” is downloaded to your computer to turn on the audio will work.
~STEP FOUR~
Important please close your browser before entering Info Quest or you will not have voice/audio!!!
~STEP FIVE~
Re-start and enter Info Quest.
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Please take the time to watch the 2.5 minute video below "How to Enter Info Quest," Thank you.
2.5 Minute Video Tutorial:  http://web.photodex.com/view/26da9ax4
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Want to learn more explore our website menu, webpages, tutorials, and visit our worlds through our portals and jiways. http://infoques.spruz.com/ & http://infoquest.jibemix.com/ 
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It is highly recommended that you follow the instructions and it may take several minutes to set-up. Please allow yourself at least 20 minutes before the seminar to set-up. DO NOT USE the Internet Explorer browser it is not compatible with Jibe/Unity. We recommend Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari as your web browsers. Thank you, we hope to see you in Info Quest on Sunday August 30th 2015.

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Discussion August Virtual World Interest Group (joint meetings)

by Valerie Hill on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 04:02 pm

The joint meeting of the ACRL Virtual World Interest Group and the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Group will take place on Sunday, August 23.

 

8/23/2015 12-1:30pm SLT (Pacific Time Zone)

The joint meeting of the ACRL Virtual World Interest Group and the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Group will take place on Sunday, August 23.

 

8/23/2015 12-1:30pm SLT (Pacific Time Zone)

CVL Auditorium: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/26/140/24

Zoe Foodiboo & Steadman Kondor: Library Quilt Exchange
The Community Quilt Exchange Project is an initiative that aims to connect virtual world libraries and communities through collaborative creativity.  Zoe Foodiboo and Steadman Kondor will describe how the 1920s Berlin Project wove a virtual quilt together and will share their vision to reach out to other virtual communities to do the same.

 Zoe Foodiboo is the Head Librarian of the 1920s Berlin's Offentliche Bibliothek (public library), serving a community that reenacts daily life in Weimar Germany.  In RL, she is a museum archivist based in Hawaii. 

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Discussion Joint Meeting & Session on Education in Virtual Worlds

by Valerie Hill on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 02:26 pm

When: 
Sunday, July 26, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, US/Pacific

July meeting: Virtual Worlds, an Educator’s View, with Lyr Lobo.

When: 
Sunday, July 26, 2015
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm, US/Pacific

July meeting: Virtual Worlds, an Educator’s View, with Lyr Lobo.

Dr. Cynthia Calongne, aka Lyr Lobo, has taught in SL, and been an observer of the VW education scene, since 2005. As a researcher, educator, pioneer, author and futurist she is  passionate about games and simulations, education, authorship, virtual world education and socio-technical futuring. She has been a professor of Computer Science since 1996 and is a software engineer with 13 years of experience, specializing in creative thinking, game design, assessment, and a wicked sense of humor. One example of her multifacted approach to VW education is here http://tinyurl.com/LLExplEduVW

Joint session with ALA ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group

Meeting location, in the virtual world of Second Life: Community Virtual LIbrary Auditorium: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bradley%20University/26/140/24

 

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Discussion Virtual Communities in Libraries MIG continues for 3 Years

by Valerie Hill on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 09:22 am

The ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Interest Group has been renewed for the next three years.  With growing interest in virtual reality (the release of Oculus Rift and other VR HMD's), this group will expand into new modes of virtual librarianship.  Information literacy within virtual worlds, games, and virtual reality is as important as any other media.  

http://www.ala.org/CFApps/epetition/index.cfm?pid=56F8F30B5355CA6D

Discussion VWBP (Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conferance)

by Jonathan Emmell Leister on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 at 02:55 pm

This annual conference takes place in March. I was curious if anyone else was aware of it. Below is a link to the website. 

http://vwbpe.org/

Discussion Virtual World Librarianship Open Meeting at Midwinter 2014

by Valerie Hill on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

The ACRL Virtual World Interest Group and the Virtual Communities in Libraries Group will have a joint meeting on Jan. 25th 3-4pm at Loew's Hotel during ALA Midwinter.  Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Event Information Literacy & Gamification using Minecraft

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

As global participatory digital culture has rapidly increased, the role of the librarian as information literacy specialist has become top priority. This session will present examples for embedding information literacy into user-generated content in libraries including a MinecraftEDU project. Students built a 3D library maze to present users with digital citizenship questions to promote personal responsibility in the digital age. Brought to you by the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries MIG

As global participatory digital culture has rapidly increased, the role of the librarian as information literacy specialist has become top priority. This session will present examples for embedding information literacy into user-generated content in libraries including a MinecraftEDU project. Students built a 3D library maze to present users with digital citizenship questions to promote personal responsibility in the digital age. Brought to you by the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries MIG

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Discussion Minecraft & Digital Citizenship (Virtual World Program July 28)

by Valerie Hill on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 11:10 am

The ALA ACRL Virtual World Interest Group and the ALA Communities & Virtual Libraries MIG will meet on Sunday, July 28th.

Program Title:  Minecraft & Digital Citizenship

An after-school club (5th grade students in the library) built a game to promote digital citizenship in Minecraft.  This project will be discussed along with the topic of gamification in education.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend.  Meet in Second Life on Imagination Island at the Community Virtual Library Meeting Space.

The ALA ACRL Virtual World Interest Group and the ALA Communities & Virtual Libraries MIG will meet on Sunday, July 28th.

Program Title:  Minecraft & Digital Citizenship

An after-school club (5th grade students in the library) built a game to promote digital citizenship in Minecraft.  This project will be discussed along with the topic of gamification in education.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend.  Meet in Second Life on Imagination Island at the Community Virtual Library Meeting Space.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Imagination%20Island/98/185/25

Agenda
Noon-1pm SLT (Pacific Time)  ACRL VWIG program
1pm-2pm ALA Communities & Virtual Libraries planning session and discussion

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Event How to Fail at Social Media.

by Carla Pritchett on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 02:52 pm

Laura Solomon author of two books on library use of social media, librarian, and CVL volunteer (our previous webmaster and logo designer) spoke for the ALA Virtual Communities & Libraries Member Interest Group on Imagination Island at the new Community Virtual Library auditorium in Second Life on March 6th at 6 PM SLT. Her talk was well received. We had good attendance and participation.

Laura Solomon author of two books on library use of social media, librarian, and CVL volunteer (our previous webmaster and logo designer) spoke for the ALA Virtual Communities & Libraries Member Interest Group on Imagination Island at the new Community Virtual Library auditorium in Second Life on March 6th at 6 PM SLT. Her talk was well received. We had good attendance and participation.

She spoke about: How to Fail at Social Media. Lots of experts will tell you how to succeed at social media, but very few will lay out a clear path to failure. We learned what the most common points of failure are for libraries, and why libraries often aren't getting what they want out of this medium. Laura Solomon is the author of two books on social media and libraries, and she has seen many libraries enter the social media waters with no idea of how to navigate. You can purchase her books: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Solomon/e/B00411CGKG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1362775307&sr=1-2-ent and find out if your library is on its way to a social media shipwreck and know how you might be able to change course.

Laura Solomon, MCIW, MLS is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network and the former Web Applications Manager for the Cleveland Public Library. She has been doing web development and design for over twelve years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She also authored a statewide web site usability study in 2004 that evaluated the site of every public library in Ohio. She specializes in developing with Drupal, as well as in web code and accessibility standards. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer. And, she spends waaayyy too much time on Facebook.

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Event Virtual Worlds Interest Group (ACRL) / Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:13 pm

A joint meeting of the ACRL Virtual World Interest Group and the Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Interest Group. The groups will share reports on the progress of current goals,examples of library projects using virtual worlds, and document the exploration of virtual world librarianship for future use.

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