Highlights from Wednesday at ALISE

Highlights from Wednesday at ALISE (Association of Library and Information Science Educators)

Yvonna Lincoln delivered the first keynote (yes the Lincoln of Guba and Lincoln Naturalistic Inquiry qualitative text). Her research centered on the role academic librarians can play to engage the community in order to bridge the digital divide. She also touched on “library anxiety” and how the development of vigorous marketing campaigns can be used to invite the community to participate in programs. I really enjoyed her ethnographic methods discussion and how she incorporated the methodology to study organizations (libraries and communities).

Margaret Mackey from University of Alberta gave a fantastic session titled Rights and Rites of Access to Virtual Communities. “Rights” referred to the need to provide access to rich media material in libraries. Patrons have the “right” to access rich media in the same way patrons have the “right” to print materials. “Rites” referred to the media literacies teens develop as they work with rich media such as video games. She used the term “Thick Play” to describe the breadth of emotional, physical, and mental engagement teens experience when playing a game. Her research showed that librarians or young library pages (14 year old kids) could turn play into media literacy by scaffolding activities with teens as they engage with media. An example would be talking to teens about the games they play, the strategies, the narratives,  the design, etc… by having a dialogue she suggest librarians can help expose the tacit knowledge of rich media held by teens and make it explicit, leading to the development of rich literacies.

LiLi Luo and Jeremy Kemp from San Jose State gave a session about the work they have been doing in SL. The session touched on the kinds of activities/assessment/projects being done by the LIS students on the San Jose State island. Jeremy Kemp is really good about sharing his SL experiences with the Sl community so in a sense nothing new was presented but the audience reacted really well to his presentation and of course SL dominated the discussion after the panel.  It was nice to meet the SJSU Sl folks in person. Jeremy looks like his avatar…

In the afternoon I was on a panel Experiential Learning in Virtual Environments: The Internet Public Library, Second Life, and Web2.0 convened by Lorri Mon from FSU (Lorri Monji in SL and fellow Educators Coop resident). Lydia Harris from Rutgers started our session with a theoretical background of Experiential Learning, she was an amazing speaker and she set the foundation for the rest of us. I will be posting her paper and the PowerPoint slides from the panel when I get back into Austin. My part was about immersive learning through Second Life and focused on my Working in Virtual Worlds class. This panel was pro all the way, Lori really did a great job aligning the speakers, each presentation introduced the next persons work and several people told me afterwards that the panel was extremely well coordinated and flowed. nicely Thanks for inviting me Lori : )

mmmm, cheese steak and lager,,mmmmmm

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