Virtual Communities and Libraries Community
Issued: November 7, 2015
Caledonia Skytower, Seanchai Library
THE DICKENS PROJECT Returns
The Community Virtual Library in Second Life
Bradley University, Second Life – A popular festival, first presented in 2012 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of author Charles Dickens’ birth, is returning to Second Life this December in a limited form, to benefit The Community Virtual Library. The festival is presented free to all Second Life Residents, and donations will be accepted for the Community Virtual Library: a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, connecting residents with information resources, reference services, and serving as a networking tool for information resource professionals.
The nine day festival will open on December 12th centering on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, presenting the novella in a variety of adaptations, in sections and in its entirety. The work is presented at different times to make the live readings accessible to residents from different parts of the globe. Other works from within the author’s vast canon are featured, and interactive information on the times and work of Charles Dickens can be explored.
Seanchai Library will produce the 2015 edition of The Dickens Project, presenting nearly fifteen hours of live readings between December 12 and 20th, and holding a dance and music event “Fezziwig’s Ball” on Saturday, December 19th. The final event, a marathon “All Read” presentation of A Christmas Carol performed by a relay team of Seanchai staff, is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, December 20th. The final event schedule for The Dickens Project will be released in early December.
In 1843 Charles Dickens prefaced his about-to-be classic tale with these words: “I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.” He began the novella in October, completed it in less than six weeks. It went on to become the most successful book of the 1843 holiday season, selling six thousand copies by Christmas and continuing to be popular into the new year.
Dickens set out to weave a story of humanity, kindness, and benevolence which he had failed to succeed with in the under-selling Martin Chuzzlewitt. He would do so “without browbeating or scolding, or mounting a soap box.” His book centers itself upon Christmas but, aside from the title and the timing of the tale, it is not a religious tract. The story centers on the transformation of a single soul from miserly seclusion, to generous compassion. Dickens did something entirely unheard of for an author of his stature in his time: he self published the book. He hired and supervised the illustration, oversaw the book design and consulted on the advertising. His publishers Chapman and Hall, who had demurred on the project, served only as his printers and received a fixed fee from every book sold.
The 2015 edition of The Dickens Project will take place in the Community Virtual Library’s exhibit space in it s home on the Bradley University Sim.
It will also be accessible from Seanchai Library’s parcel immediately to the east.
Seanchai Library (Shanna-key, which means "Storyteller" in Irish.) was founded in March of 2008 in Second Life. Thousands of stories, and hundreds of authors later, the program remains dedicated to promoting the power of stories to transform and inspire through live voice presentations: "We bring stories of all kinds to life, in Second Life."
- 2015 Dickens Poster (png)
- The Dickens Project 2012 courtesy of StoryFest Events (png)
- The Dickens Project 2013 taken by Bear Silvershade and used with his permission (jpg)
The first Dickens Project in 2012 was captured in a work sample video, which can be seen on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTsNZU55Ypc
Meeting November 8, 2015
12-1:30pm Pacific Time (SLT)
Where: in Second Life at the Community Virtual Library Auditorium
Presenter: Abbey Zenith (Rhonda Trueman) on the forthcoming book on Virtual Worlds & Public Goods institutions
ABC-CLIO is publishing a new book about virtual worlds and “Public Goods” institutions. Tentatively titled Teaching and Learning in Virtual Environments: Archives, Museums, and Libraries, it will be out next year. The book is being edited by Lori Bell, Pat Franks, and Rhonda Trueman. She will talk discuss the book and why it’s needed now, and answer our questions.
All are welcome.
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