Community Virtual Library: Digital Citizenship Exhibit

Published: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by Alyse Dunavant-Jones
Community Virtual Library - Digital Citizenship Exhibit 2017

The Community Virtual Library (CVL) in Second Life launched its Digital Citizenship Exhibit, designed and built by Sparky Mandelbrot, a CVL board member and graphic designer, in February 2017. The Digital Citizenship Exhibit was so successful that CVL added a second level to the exhibit area and launched a new call for posters in March 2017. To date, it hosts 28 presentations focusing on a broad range of digital citizenship aspects such as accessibility, information literacy, online courses, gamification, netiquette, avatar creation, and digital art.

Community Virtual Library - Digital Citizenship Exhibit 2017

Community Virtual Library - Digital Citizenship Exhibit 2017

CVL is moving from their current location on Bradley University island to Cookie island in Second Life (SLURL: beginning in Fall 2017. To make room for a new exhibit in their new space in Second Life while maintaining the valuable information provided by the Digital Citizenship Exhibit, CVL is establishing a Digital Citizenship Museum in their space on Cookie II island in the virtual world Kitely.

To celebrate the Exhibit and its move to a more permanent location in Kitely, CVL will host an “End of the Beginning” party on Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ noon SLT (Pacific). The party will begin at the Digital Citizenship Exhibit in Second Life (SLURL: where attendees will tour the exhibit and exhibitors will have the opportunity to present on their topics.

Following the celebration and tour, guests are invited to join the CVL Board for a brief groundbreaking ceremony at the Museum site on Cookie II island in Kitely (KURL: hop:// To create a Kitely account, check out CVL’s Getting into Kitely instructions.

Community Virtual Library - Digital Citizenship Exhibit 2017

Why is Digital Citizenship so important?

According to the Digital Citizenship Institute, “Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.” They also list nine elements of digital citizenship: Digital Access, Digital Commerce, Digital Communication, Digital Literacy, Digital Etiquette, Digital Law, Digital Rights & Responsibilities, Digital Health & Wellness, and Digital Security.

CVL President Dr. Valerie Hill presented on the Digital Citizenship Exhibit at VCARA’s 8th Annual Conference in April 2017. She explained that today’s society lives in a digital culture, especially with the advent of virtual and augmented reality. In fact, many children are digital citizens with “digital footprints” before they are born as parents post sonograms to social media.

SJSU iSchool students are excellent examples of digital citizens as we obtain MLIS and MARA degrees in a 100% online program!

VCARA members Alyse Dunavant-Jones (MLIS, 2018) and Dr. Marie Vans (MLIS, 2016) created presentations for the Digital Citizenship Exhibit. Alyse’s poster discusses a virtual worlds digital curation group project she and three other iSchool students created in their Fall 2016 INFO 284 Topic: Digital Curation course. Check out the transcript for her Curating Virtual World Communities presentation on Alyse’s student blog.

Community Virtual Library - Digital Citizenship Exhibit 2017 - Alyse Dunavant-Jones presentation

Marie’s presentation introduces Digital Citizenship for Kids and highlights the SafeKids Online Safety Quiz. Other helpful links from Marie’s presentation include: Digital Passport, Common Sense Media, CyberWise, Digital Driver’s License, Oversharing: Think Before You Post, a Common Sense Education Digital Footprint video, and a Common Sense Education Flocabulary video.

Community Virtual Library - Digital Citizenship Exhibit 2017 - Dr. Marie Vans presentation

CVL is a VCARA affiliate. Visit CVL’s Main Library Branch in Second Life (SLURL: 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/or VCARA, please email Alyse Dunavant-Jones ( To follow VCARA on social media, check out our VCARA on Social Media page.

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