Friday, January 17, 2014

reading academic articles: Journal Club, hosted monthly by Sheila Webber, U Sheffield

Sheila Webber, at Infolit iSchool -- both from the University of Sheffield -- hosts a monthly get-together at Infolit iSchool to read articles that discuss "information literacy."
(visit there any time for good resources).

Yesterday's meeting, the first I've attended, discussed a study of how pregnant women got information that they needed, during their situated "project" of pregnancy.

This was the announcement for the meeting sent out to the Second Life Educators List:
You are cordially invited to the next meeting of our journal club on
16 Jan at 12:30-1:30pm SLtime (8:30-9:30pm UK time)

This month's discussion will be led by Sheila Webber, University of Sheffield (Sheila Yoshikawa in SL)
We will discuss: Papen, U. (2013). Conceptualising information literacy as social practice: a study of pregnant women's information practices. Information Research, 18(2) 

I thought I'd gotten a better picture of the avatars who were present, but fewer than I'd expected showed up anyway.  I hope to find more meetings like this that are focused to my own topics as well. 
Facilitator Sheila Webber (Sheila Yoshikawa iSL)
What my screen looks like during a meeting
Thanks very much to Sheila Webber (blog here) for facilitating these discussions.

I look forward to attending these meetings again, and I look forward to thinking more about how Second Life is working and can work to connect people who have specific special-interest kinds of interests with each other over distances.  If you have special-interest groups that are meeting in Second Life or other virtual worlds, please let me know.