Information Literacy events in Second Life

From the JISC virtual worlds list… news on an interesting series of free talks in Second Life – including some more directly related to this blog than others (e.g. childrens’ use of Club Penguin). See below for details. There are so many great – and free – talks that happen in Second Life, wish I managed to make it to more of them!

There is a full programme of events planned on the Second Life (SL, the virtual world) island Infolit iSchool this autumn, with sessions led by librarians from the US and UK, and an Education professor.

The autumn series starts Thursday 2nd October, 8am SL time (which is 4pm UK time) “Building information literacy” part one.

Come along and contribute ideas and/or your skills in building, to create an information literacy experience around the SCONUL 7 Pillars of Information Literacy. A key aim is to help students understand the value and meaning of each pillar, and this will be an evolving build. If you don’t build, you can contribute ideas on the Pillars’ meaning and test out what others are doing. There is information on the 7 Pillars at http://www.sconul.ac.uk/groups/information_literacy/seven_pillars.html
The session will be held on Infolit iSchool in Second Life:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Infolit iSchool/95/38/22/

There will be a follow-up session on Wednesday 8th October at noon SL time (which is 8pm UK time). You can see information about previous sessions at http://infolitischool.pbwiki.com/ (this also has a calendar page listing all these events)

Following events are:

Wednesday 22nd October. 12 noon SL time (8pm UK time) Lyn Parker (of Sheffield University Library, UK in RL, Maggie Kohime in SL) will lead a discussion on “Modes of offering library services in SL”.

Thursday 23rd October. 8am SL time. (4pm UK time).Sheila Webber (Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK, Sheila Yoshikawa in SL) gives her impressions of the French information literacy conference: International colloquium  “Educational approaches to information culture “.

Thursday 30th October. 11am SL time (8pm UK time) “Information Literacy and employability ” Discussion and exhibit as part of Information Literacy week at Sheffield University, UK.

Thursday 6th November at 8am SL time (4pm UK time).  Children in a virtual world: Professor Jackie Marsh (Department of Education, University of Sheffield, UK in RL, Jackie Darkstone in SL) will talk about her research into schoolchildren’s use of the virtual world Club Penguin.

Thursday November 13th. 12 noon SL time. Robin Ashford (Robin Mochi in SL) talks about her experiences, as an academic librarian at George Fox University (USA) working with academics and students in SL.

Thursday November 27th. 12 noon SL time. “Relive Relived” experiences from the Relive08 conference held at the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK,

Wednesday December 3rd. 8am SL time. Patricia Anderson  (Perplexity Peccable in SL; Emerging Technologies Librarian, Health Sciences Libraries, Univertsity of Michigan, USA) gives her perspective on SL skills needed by librarians and their patrons, including information literacy skills in Second Life.

Thursday December 11th 8am SL time. “Information Literacy and libraries: reflections from Milawi” Vicki Cormie (Ishbel Hartmann in SL; St Andrews University, Scotland) gives her impressions, following on from a library project visit to Malawi.

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