Friday, October 31, 2008

LILi Gold Coast Slideshow on

On Friday, March 24th, at the Santa Maria Public Library, the Gold Coast Library Network offered a very interesting program on outreach for librarians in all kinds of libraries. I did a presentation about the LILi group and my slideshow is now available for viewing and downloading on the site, with a Creative Commons license: Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike.

LILi Phone Conference Call & Agenda 7 Nov 2008

The next LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) group meeting will be a phone conference call, scheduled for 7 Nov 2008, 11 am to 12:30 pm (PST). If you would like to participate, please email Esther Grassian for the phone number to call, to get copies of the documents to be discussed, and/or to join the LILi Google Group:

Following is the agenda:
1. Introductions

2. Announcements (5 min.)

3. Future meetings (5 min.)
a. Reminder: virtual meetings alternate with in-person meetings.
b. Set next meeting dates and times (in-person & virtual) – Wilson Classical High School (Long Beach); virtual; Occidental College

4. LILi Bylaws [Draft bylaws uploaded to Google Group—click FILES in right column] (10 min.)
a. Final Review
b. Vote

5. Grant to fund IL Survey: Update (15 min.)
a. COS (Community of Science) grants database
b. Possible granting agencies & future proposal review [List of possible agencies uploaded to Google Group—click FILES in right column]
c. Funding for mailings

6. Preliminary IL Survey Review (20-30 min.)
[PDF of final survey totals uploaded to Google Group—click FILES in right column]

7. LILi web site updates needed (5 min.)

8. Other (10 min.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

2d Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities

This announcement has been posted to a number of lists, and may be of interest to some readers of this blog.

We are happy to announce the 2d of 9 Mellon Seminars in Digital Humanities taking place at UCLA in real life (RL), and "broadcast" via live feed Into the Digital Library Federation's (DLF) Second Life (SL) island, Entropia. The RL participants will also see the SL audience, projected on a screen in the UCLA Visualization Portal.

These Seminars, organized by Jeffrey Schnapp (Stanford) and Todd Presner (UCLA) will take place at intervals during the 2008/2009 academic year.
To find out more about this series of Seminars:

Anyone interested is welcome to attend at UCLA. The SL audience is limited to 50. Please note that the time for each of these Seminars is U.S. Pacific Time.

Speakers: Diane Favro and Chris Johanson
For information on the topic:

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 2 pm - 5 pm SLT (PST)
RL location: UCLA Visualization Portal, 5628 Math Science Building
SL location: Digital Library Federation's SL island, Entropia

You can teleport directly to Entropia by using the following Second
Life url (SLURL), but you must have an SL account in order to do

Basic SL accounts are free:

IMPORTANT: SL attendees only:
Please RSVP to Esther Grassian <> or IM her SL
avatar, Alexandria Knight, to reserve a space on Entropia, and for
instructions on viewing the live feed and adjusting the audio there.


Esther Grassian (UCLA) & Deni Wicklund (Stanford)
Co-Managers, DLF's Entropia

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Teaching & Learning With MUVEs" Postgrad Program

Just received a message sent to the Facebook Second Life for Educators Group, about a free 1-year-long online postgraduate programme: "The European funded MUVEnation project has just launched 'Teaching & Learning With MUVEs.' This is a one-year postgraduate programme, delivered online, for future and in-service teachers who want to use innovative methods and tools to address learners motivation and participation issues in compulsory education. What impact can 3D virtual worlds like Second Life have on teaching and learning settings?" You can participate by taking the full course or simply observe and participate in discussions. Although the program is free, they are limiting it to 80 participants.

Monday, October 20, 2008

"I Am Library" by Bernadette Swanson (UC Davis)

Just posted to YouTube, Bernadette Swanson's beautiful machinima, "I Am Library: an ode to discovery and collective creativity in Second Life," created for her presentation at the Bridging Worlds 2008 Conference in Singapore.


Just posted to the ILI list--a message from Dave Wilson at Trinity University, re Wikirage. According to Dave, "The site keeps an up-to-the-minute list of the most edited Wikipedia entries by pulling in data straight from Wikipedia." Dave uses this site in teaching students about Wikipedia. It would be a very nice supplement to WikipediaVision, a mashup of anonymous Wikipedia edits and Google Maps. One way to use Wikipedia Vision is to click on "diff" for a recently edited article to show learners the new edit and the previous version. It's usually quite a revelation to learners to see how often Wikipedia articles are edited all over the world, even though what they're seeing is a select subset of Wikipedia edits.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Brief Report - 1st Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities

On October 8th, 35 people gathered in real life (RL) and 16 avatars gathered in Second Life (SL) at the Digital Library Federation's (DLF) island, Entropia, for the 1st of 9 of these Seminars. There was a live feed video into SL of the RL audience and the two faculty conducting the Seminar--Todd Presner (UCLA) and Jeffrey Schnapp (Stanford). So I did my best to type a transcript into the text chat. The faculty plan to mount that transcript on a wiki linked from the Mellon Seminar website and if possible, will also mount the archived video. The next Seminar will take place on November 5th in the UCLA Visualization Portal, and we hope to be able to broadcast into SL again, on Entropia. Stay tuned and check out the Mellon Seminar website for more details regarding topics and speakers. This entire effort represents an excellent form of collaboration among faculty, librarians and technology/computing center staff, something that we are striving for in many of our information literacy endeavors.

CARL SCIL Business Meeting Cancelled

The October 24th SCIL meeting has been cancelled due to a paucity of agenda items, according to Marsha Schnirring, SCIL publicist.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

1st Mellon Seminar in Digital Humanities, 10/8, 2-5 pm (PDT & SLT)

As a reminder, the first of these Mellon Seminars will take place on Wednesday, October 8th, from 2 pm to 5 pm (PDT & SLT), at the UCLA Humanities Bldg., room 193/199, and in Second Life on the Digital Library Federation's island, Entropia.

You must have a Second Life (SL) account in order to participate via this virtual world. Basic SL accounts are free:

Once you have an SL account, you can use this Second Life URL (SLurl) to teleport directly to Entropia:

Friday, October 3, 2008

LILi Minutes 9 Sep 2008

Just posted to the LILi web site, Minutes page -- notes from the last LILi meeting.

CARLDIG-South Meeting in LILi Google Calendar

Just posted on the LILi Google Calendar, updated information regarding this meeting, scheduled for Friday, October 10th, 10 am to 12 noon, at Mt. San Antonio College.