Virtual Worlds Interest Group

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The Virtual Worlds Interest Group provides an opportunity for academic librarians with virtual environment interests and responsibilities to have a place in ACRL to network, share information, ask questions, and work on special projects, promote accessibility and provide programs relevant to academic libraries. The VW Interest Group also works to promote the various uses of virtual reality in all formats (desktop, mobile and headset) to potential and current academic librarians and to improve information literacy (metaliteracy) specifically in virtual spaces. The ACRL VWIG sponsors events, programs and meetings held mainly within the virtual world of Second Life and explores other developing Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality platforms.

Roster

Carla Downer Pritchett (Convener, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Dr. Valerie J. Hill (Incoming Convener, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Breiana Theodore (Past Convener, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Lauren Carlton (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Lauren Carlton (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)

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Resources

ALA Connect Community

Virtual Worlds IG Discussion List
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Composition

As of August 2021, the VWIG had 273 members. Interest Group composition includes a convener and incoming convener.

Origin

The Virtual Worlds Interest Group was established at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. As of August 2018 the VWIG has 242 members. The next renewal date for this interest group is the 2024 ALA Annual Conference.

Get Involved

Join an Interest Group
Join the Virtual Worlds Interest Group through your ALA membership record, and participate through the interest group's ALA Connect space and the ACRL electronic mailing list. If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas for discussion topics or events, please contact the conveners.

Staff Liaison

Lauren Carlton
Program Officer
Association of College & Research Libraries
American Library Association
E-mail: lcarlton@ala.org