Our school hosts virtual world events as part of our Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration. Managed by Dr. Pat Franks and written by current students and alumni, this blog highlights lectures and events held on iSchool Island in Second Life, including the annual VCARA Conference. This blog also reports relevant events hosted by other education and information groups in virtual worlds. For more information about VCARA and its members, visit our website:



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.


Second Life Orientation Session

Published: December 23, 2015

New to Second Life? Join VCARA’s Marie Vans (amvans Lapis) on Sunday, January 17, 2016 @ Noon PST for an orientation on iSchool island! In about 30 minutes, you’ll learn some SL basics, visit the main buildings in VCARA, and discuss the different events and resources there.


The Dickens Project – A model for live interactive, project based engagement [Virtual Worlds Lecture]

Published: November 19, 2015

Virtual Worlds Guest Lecturer:  Judith Cullen (RL) | Caledonia Skytower (SL), Seanchai Libraries – Library Lead

When: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 | Time: 6:00pm PST – 6:50pm PST

Location: We’ll meet at VCARA’s amphitheater on the SJSU iSchool Island at 6 p.m. SLT; then we’ll teleport to The Dickens Project for a tour and Q&A around 6:20 p.m. SLT.