Virtual Communities and Libraries Community
Association of College and Research Libraries Virtual World Interest Group
Sun. Oct. 11 - ACRL Tour of Libraries in Second Life @ 12 noon SLT (Pacific Time)
Meet at the Community Virtual Library
Beth Ghostraven will lead a tour of a variety of libraries in Second Life, followed by a discussion: "What makes a library?"
Beth S. O’Connell (Beth Ghostraven in virtual worlds) , a school librarian since 1998, has worked with Kindergarten through 12th grade students and holds a Master of Education (School Library Media) degree from James Madison University. She is adept at balancing student needs with maintaining the library collection, assisting teachers with professional development and curriculum design, and running daily library operations.
Beth came to Second Life in 2012 to network with VSTE (Virginia Society for Technology in Education), and quickly found other education groups for which she publicizes and facilitates events. She attends several inworld events weekly, and enjoys helping people connect with others. She is a VSTE Facilitator, the Producer for the ISTE Focus series, and publishes the weekly transcript for VWER (the Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable). She also owns the Book & Tankard Pub in Victorian Steampunk Caledon in Second Life. Beth is also involved with VSTE’s Minecraft server, and initiated an outpost for VSTE on AvaCon’s Open Simulator grid.
A joint session with the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries MIG will follow the tour. Anyone interested in invited to attend.
Bruce Maxim on User Interfaces
12-1:30 pm SLT - joint session with ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group and ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries MIG:
All are welcome
Dr. Bruce Maxim (BruceRobert Mizin in SL since 2007) is Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Michigan Dearborn. He’ll speak to us on User Interfaces, drawing on more than 30 years of teaching experience and research in Mathematics, C & IS, Game & UI Design, and related disciplines.
More about our speaker is here: http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~bmaxim/index.htm
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).
Info Quest: A Web of Worlds Seminar
Watch the promo
August 30th 2015 (Sunday) at 12:00pm PST/SLT - 3:00pm CST - 3:00pm EST
~~~Dr. Valerie Hill
~~~Dr. John Jamison
~~~ John Lester
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
Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the technology. Follow the five easy steps down below to access our worlds, thanks.
Download the Unity Web Player URL: http://unity3d.com/webplayer/ choose which versions for Window or Mac.
Register at Info Quest’s URL: http://infoquest.jibemix.com/jibe/default.aspx
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.
Important please close your browser before entering Info Quest or you will not have voice/audio!!!
Re-start and enter Info Quest.
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
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/
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Noon-1pm SLT (Pacific Time) ACRL VWIG program
1pm-2pm ALA Communities & Virtual Libraries planning session and discussion