Thursday, April 1, 2010

Oregon Information Literacy Summit

This Saturday, island librarian KevinW. Huckleberry (Kevin Moore of Portland Community College) and I will be going to the Oregon Information Literacy Summit at Linn-Benton Community College. We'll be available at a poster table to answer any questions librarians and information specialists from across the state may have about the Oregon isle library, and library services in Second Life in general.

So far, the island library pilot has included Kevin establishing the space and creating a link to each of our 17 community college's library catalogs. The library also includes an area for small groups to review and discuss media, as well as a link to a 24 hour reference desk. We both think it's a good first start, this presentation of content.

We're both also looking forward to having an open conversation with those who are thinking deeply about information literacy regarding what the next steps for the library and services on Oregon Community Colleges isle might be. After all, we're working in an environment exploring a new kind of literacy-avatar literacy.

I grew up on an island, and the local library was my bloodline to information from the outside world. Having earned my master's degree online, I reflect back to see now how similar the mental isolation of these two experiences were. Maybe if the librarians at the library helped my imagination flourish as a kid, I wonder, could it help distance learners in their sense of isolation to have access to a librarian? Would some of those learners prefer to do it through an avatar?

I hope to find a way to bring a couple key roles to the island for 2010-2011 to help us answer some of these questions, and Kevin as our librarian is one of them. Student services is another. So far, our work has been focused more from the perspective of finding out if faculty are interested in using virtual worlds as a tool for presenting learning experiences. Now that we have a core team of instructors who know how to use the environment and value it's pedagogical strengths, I'm excited to delve more deeply into helping Kevin help our students become more info-literate avatars.

8 comments:

于名于倫 said...

志不立,天下無可成之事。 ..................................................

駱治男 said...

天下沒有走不通的路,沒有克服不了的困難,沒有打不敗的敵人。......................................................

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與其爭取不可能得到的東西,不如善自珍惜運用自己所擁有的........................................

慧茹 said...

馬丁路德:「即使知道明天世界即將毀滅,我仍願在今天種下一棵小樹。」......................................................

珮均 said...

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志義 said...

責人之心責己,恕己之心恕人。.........................

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Robin Ashford said...

Nice post, Monica. I'm sorry I missed the Oregon Information Literacy Summit and hope the poster session went well. I give a fair amount of presentations both inworld and out as an academic librarian who works, learns, and explores in Second Life and other virtual worlds.

I have visited the OR CC Island a couple of times and it's nice to hear the group is still working and developing inworld.

Also great to hear a PCC reference librarian, Kevin Moore, is also involved. Would love to connect with the two of you sometime over coffee or lunch. I believe you're at the Sylvania campus which is less than two miles from the Portland Center Library of GFU where I work as Reference & Distance Services Librarian.

I'm also interested in the research PDF I saw on your site http://spot.pcc.edu/~mmartine/ on "The Effect of Avatar Co-presence..." However, I get a 404 message when I click on that. Can you fix that link so I can take a look? Thanks!

Hope to make it to the Philosophy Garden tour and discussion today. Best, -Robin