This is an archive of older VCARA posts. The current website and blog location is, but the best way to connect is by joining the SJSU iSchool VCARA Discord channel.

The iSchool has hosted educational and social virtual world events as part of our Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration (VCARA) since 2009. VCARA began in our MARA Program, but is open to any interested iSchool students, faculty, or staff. Managed by Bethany Winslow (Director of Online Learning) with participation by current students, alumni, and other virtual world colleagues, the VCARA website, blog, and Discord channel highlights the activities on our region in Second Life and other locations. We also collaborate with other educators and information professionals in-world, and we explore different social virtual reality platforms with our VR Exploders Club monthly outings. Join us!



Spotlight: VCARA Student Resource Center

Published: September 15, 2016

Newbies and veterans alike can find helpful resources at the VCARA Student Resource Center on iSchool Island in Second Life.

You’ve created a Second Life account–taken the brave leap, downloaded a viewer, logged in, and explored iSchool Island.

Your navigation is a little wobbly, your avatar isn’t quite what you’d like, and you’re struggling with Second Life’s learning curve.

VCARA can help!


Thursday, June 16th 5-7pm Pacific: Libraries and Librarians in Virtual Worlds Exhibit at CVL

Published: June 16, 2016

The Community Virtual Library in Second Life presents an exhibit of libraries and library work in virtual worlds during the summer of 2016. Second Life libraries, as well as libraries and library activities (museum exhibits, art galleries and educational immersive environments) in other virtual worlds, such as Kitely, Inworldz, and Opensim will be on display.


Spotlight Interview – James Morgan

Published: February 22, 2016

VCARA Spotlight interview with James Morgan, instructor in Digital Media Art at San José State University and director of Ars Virtua, a new media center and gallery about virtual 3D worlds.


VCARA Tagline Contest

Published: February 16, 2016

We’ve got a contest for you. Submit your best tagline for the Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 winners!


7th Annual VCARA Conference 2016 – Call for Poster Presentations

Published: January 26, 2016

Students and alumni are highly encouraged to submit work related to their current and past courses for the VCARA Conference – Virtual Worlds: The Future is Now.

Call for Poster Presentations

7th Annual VCARA Conference 2016 – Virtual Worlds: The Future is Now

Date: April 20, 2016 6:00-8:00PM Second Life Time (Pacific)
Location: VCARA SJSU/iSchool island


Brant Knutzen – The Quest: PBL for basic skills in the virtual world – Tuesday, January 19, 6:00pm Pacific

Published: January 11, 2016

Brant Knutzen, Blended Learning Consultant and Faculty of Education & Human Development at the Hong Kong Institute of Education will present for the VCARA Spring Colloquium Series on January 19 at 6:00pm Pacific time in Second Life.  He will be presenting on “The Quest: Problem-based Learning for basic skills in Virtual Worlds. Second Life Orientation available for those new to Second Life on January 17th. See blog for more information.