Community Virtual Library: Call for Dickens Project Research


Published: October 23, 2018 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones

The Community Virtual Library (CVL) is now accepting proposals for its Dickens Project Resource Center in Second Life.

This annual exhibit highlights aspects of Charles Dickens and the Victorian Era. Presentation formats can vary (slideshow, poster, image, video) and can include audio and text. Additional formats (e.g. sculpture) may be welcome but must receive approval from CVL. CVL recommends that researchers keep presentations brief (5-10 slides/minutes).

RSVP with your proposal to CVL Director Dr. Valerie Hill  (valibrarian in Second Life; by 11/20/18, and a CVL member will assist in adding them to the exhibit by 11/30/18.

Recommendations for Presentations (hand-picked by iSchool alumna and VCARA blog editor Alyse Dunavant-Jones):

For more ideas, check out CVL’s Dickens Project 2018 Call for Research!

What is the Dickens Project in Second Life?

Throughout December, Seanchai Libary and its annual Dickens Project celebrates Charles Dickens and the Victorian Era in Second Life. This year, the venue will include a reading of Dickens’ short story The Christmas Tree (performed by VCARA!), tours of the historical simulation (inspired by scenes in Dickens’ works), Victorian burlesque performances, the annual Fezziwig ball, Urchins in Dickens’ London (a free play game with optional roleplay) and much more. The celebration will culminate in a full reading of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol by professional actors.

The Dickens Project is set to open 11/30/18 at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Region 7 (SL URL:, and Seanchai library will release a full schedule in November 2018.

For information about joining VCARA in Second Life, please refer to our VCARA for Newbies blog post. To request an orientation to Second Life and VCARA, please email Dr. Pat Franks ( To follow VCARA on social media, check out our VCARA on Social Media page. To visit VCARA in Second Life, use the iSchool Island SLURL:


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