The Chronicle of Higher Education pointed me to a new Australian Journal on academic integrity titled, International Journal for Educational Integrity. This should prove useful for those teaching information literacy courses.
Monthly Archive for December, 2005
Via Arts & Letters Daily, I found this book review in the Economist. It is for a new book by Edward Castronova, titled Synthetic Worlds : The Business and Culture of Online Games. From the review, it appears that this book looks at how people become psychologically immersed in virtual worlds. I am interested that it looks at the economic aspect becuase I am always interested by the amounts of real money poured into virtual economies. This is a topic I have been interested since I learned that world in Everquest, Norath has a per-capita income of $2,266, which makes it equivelent to the 77th largest national economy. I was also interested by the way that this has effected peoples real lives like in this story about a murder over the theft of a virtual sword.
I have spent many hours trying to set my blog up to have the functionality and format that I wanted, and am finally done. There are a few functions I would still like to add, but have figured out that there is no manageable way to do so at this point in time. Tagging of individual posts is too difficult with Blogger. It has also proved very hard to trackback other people. I think that I have otherwise been able to manage everything else that I wanted to.
Leslie blogged about her visit in a post on Talking to Strangers on ALA Buses and put up a picture as well. Michael Stephens then mentioned her post and then Karen Schneider mentioned it on her blog. Michael was just using it as an example of her posts, but we were still glad that he chose the one about our event.
I just found out that I will be staffing the NC Knows statewide virtual chat reference service one evening a week next semester. This is exciting because I have not yet to provide reference service in a collaborative project of this size before. It also provides service to a variety of user populations making it different from the collaborative chat service that I staff currently. That service only covers UNC-Chapel Hill, NCSU, and Duke. I will also get to try out the QuestionPoint software, which I haven’t used before.