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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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Event Virtual Communities and Libraries MIG Meeting

by Rhonda Trueman on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 04:29 pm

Please join us a the ALA area on Info Island Monday Nov. 26th at 4 PM for a MIG meeting.  We will talk about using ALA's connect for the group; the upcoming ALA Midwinter meeting; and the Networking Uncommons that will be a part of this year's Midwinter events.  Plus we'll discuss plans for the group in 2013.  I'll send a reminder and a SLURL closer to the date!

Discussion ALA VCL MIG and ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group meeting at ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim

by Marcia Meister on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Date:  Sun, 06/24/2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm Timezone:  US/Pacific (-8)

Virtual Communities and Libraries MIG / ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group

When: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location:  212A Convention Center

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Date:  Sun, 06/24/2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm Timezone:  US/Pacific (-8)

Virtual Communities and Libraries MIG / ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group

When: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Location:  212A Convention Center

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Joint business meeting of the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group and the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group. Discussion will focus on ongoing projects and future plans.

Join us at the Anaheim Convention Center on Sunday, June 24, 4pm for the joint meeting of two ALA groups interested in virtual world librarianship or join us virtually in Second Life.  At our ALA meetings we connect via laptops to Second Life so we can see our colleagues in SL and they can hear our voice conversation in Anaheim.  Come and meet virtual friends and participate in planning future programs and events for the groups.

Our agenda includes:

ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Interest Group

  • Updates and future plans, including the ALA site in Second Life, group organization and leadership, and meeting schedules for the next year

ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Report on activities and update on the group
  • Future programs and events – we’d like to hear from you, we’re planning visits to other virtual world grids, and tours or programs about Second Life and  virtual worlds in an academic setting
  • Announcement for July program:  July 22, discussion with  Aaron Barlow & Robert Leston, authors of current book, Beyond the Blogoshpere: Information and Its
    Children, to be held in Second Life.

To participate from Second Life, download a Second Life or (third party) viewer, create an avatar, and join the ACRL in SL group and we'll direct you to our meeting site.

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Event Virtual Communities in Libraries MIG / ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

Joint business meeting of the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Initiative Group and the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group. Discussion will focus on ongoing projects and future plans.

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