Spotlight: Alyse Dunavant-Jones, '18 MLIS, Presents at ILC 2017 in Monterey, CA
On October 23, 2017, MLIS student and VCARA member Alyse Dunavant-Jones presented on virtual worlds at the Internet Librarian Conference (ILC) in Monterey, CA. The presentation slides and transcript (including Q &A) are available for download. For all ILC 2017 presentation materials, check out http://internet-librarian.infotoday.com/2017/Presentations.aspx
Dunavant-Jones is pursuing the iSchool career pathways: Archives & Preservation and Digital Curation with an Advanced Certificate in Digital Assets and Services. She is a founding board member of Metaverse Libraries, Community Virtual Library Vice President, a student leader, an InterPARES Trust graduate research assistant, and an International Directory of National Archives researcher. For more information about Alyse, check out her student blog.
Her presentation, Metaverse Libraries: The Virtual Community Resources Network raises awareness of professional virtual world communities and demonstrates ways that 3D virtual worlds like Second Life are useful tools available at no cost and with no specialized equipment for information professionals serving users interested in emerging virtual and augmented reality.
The presentation also introduces three professional communities: SJSU iSchool’s Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) student group, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Community Virtual Library (CVL), and the web-world CybaLOUNGE.
Finally, the presentation outlines challenges for virtual world librarians as well as the CVL-led Metaverse Libraries initiative to connect education-oriented virtual world communities and raise metaliteracy (information literacy + participatory digital culture) awareness. It also highlights CVL's Virtual Worlds Database, the result of Dunavant-Jones’s Fall 2016 INFO 284 Digital Curation group project supervised by iSchool faculty Dr. Megan Winget and CVL President Dr. Valerie Hill.
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