Virtual Worlds Interest Group (ACRL - Association of College and Research Libraries) Community
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You are invited to a FREE program on the game of Minecraft & Digital Citizenship, scheduled for the 3D virtual world of Second Life (SL), sponsored by the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group (VWIG).
Presenter: Valerie Hill, PhD
Topic: An after school club built a game to promote digital citizenship in Minecraft. The project will be discussed along with the topic of
gamification in education.
Date & Time: Sunday, July 28th, 12 noon - 1 pm SLT (Pacific Time)
Location: Community Virtual Library Meeting Space on Imagination Island
Basic Second Life accounts are free: http://secondlife.com/
You will also need to download a free Second Life viewer in order to participate, or someone with a Second Life account can project onto a screen for group viewing and listening.
Note: The ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries (VCL) group will meet from 1 pm to 2 pm, following the Minecraft program.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend and participate in both the VWIG program and the VCL meeting.
Questions? Contact Esther Grassian: email@example.com
Look forward to seeing you there!
Esther Grassian/Alexandria Knight & Joe Floyd/Joe Cupla, Co-Chairs, ACRL VWIG 2013/2014
Virtual Worlds Interest Group/ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group Joint Meeting (ACRL)by admin on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm
The ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group will share a year-end report at ALA 2013 in Chicago. The meeting will take place at the ALA 6th Floor Training Room and simultaneously in the virtual world of Second Life for those unable to attend the convention.
Time: 3-4pm Central (1-2pm SLT)
Location virtually is Imagination Island
The meeting is open to all interested individuals and types of librarians. The Communities in Virtual Libraries Interest Group will share jointly in the session.
The ACRL Virtual World Interest Group meeting on March 24, 2013 was on an interesting topic: virtual world meditation.
Photos of the 13 avatars (mostly librarians) in attendance can be viewed in an Animoto video at
Donavan Vichi shared meditation techniques in virtual worlds. Oberon Octagon (Donavan Vicha) oversaw the design and construction of a sim for the American Library Association. He served as admin for sim for three years, consulting for another two years before it closed due to funding issues. Beyond his professional interests, he has received a certificate from the Christos Center for Spiritual Formation as a spiritual director. He helps facilitate the training of spiritual directors in the ChristosChicago branch and is on the board of directors of Christos. He has taken his experience inworld with an appearance at the 2012 International Spirit Festival and gave a series of talks on Happiness and Spiritual Disciplines at the Island of Nirvana.
Professional journal: http://diehard03.blogspot.com/
Association of Virtual Worlds
The ACRL Virtual World Interest Group is presenting a panel on MOOCs (massively open online courses) and the impact of the MOOC on higher education and libraries. Feel free to share this invitation with interested individuals and groups. The panel will take place in the virtual world of Second Life.
EVENT: MOOCs and Librarians (a panel presentation)
When: Sunday, Feb. 17th from 12 noon to 1 pm SLT (Pacific Time USA)
Valerie Hill, PhD - (Valibrarian Gregg in SL) LISD Library Media Specialist, Adjunct Instructor, TWU School of Library and Information Studies
Ilene- Frank, MLS (Ilene Pratt in SL) Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland University College
Michelle Keba, MS in Information Science- (librarianatadistance in SL) Distance and Instructional Services Librarian, Nova Southeastern University
George Djorgovski, (Curious George in SL) Professor of Astonomy, Caltech
Event: Museum of Virtual Media (a LIVE exhibit tour and closing celebration)
The Digital Revolution may have rapidly advanced but media has been evolving for a long, long time. Come visit the Museum of Virtual Media and witness the evolution of media through an immersive experience.
Who? Graduates from the University of Washington iSchool's Certificate in Virtual Worlds 2012 have created the Museum of Virtual Media and the Texas Library Association SL Group has built a display at the Community Virtual Library. The Museum of Virtual Media is an interactive 3D representation of the vision presented in Chapter 2 of Infinite Reality, a recently released book on virtual worlds technology and education written by Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson.
When? January 30th 5pm SLT. Tour will begin at the exhibit, teleport visitors to the museum, and end with closing festivities.
Where? CVL Exhibition Area on Info Island in Second Life
Optional Attire: You are invited to dress from any period in history.
Come experience media as you never have with colleagues from around the globe.
Valerie Hill, PhD
TWU School of Library and Information Studies