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  • Starting from Zero A librarian’s involvement in a major SL initiative Centre for Information Literacy Research Infolit iSchool, May 6, 2010 Sarah Jones, UT Arlington Library SL: Razitra Artizar (Raz)
  • Starting from Zero
    • University of Texas System grant: "Transforming Undergraduate Education“ -- (July 2009-July2010) pioneered by Dr. Leslie Jarmon (SL: Bluewave Ogee)
    • One year's funding for land for all campuses and health science centers
    • The first university system-wide initiative
    • Goal: Virtual Learning Community
      • Researchers, instructors, students, administrators, staff
      • Cost savings for travel
      • Environmental sustainability: travel, brick & mortar overhead
      • Addition to DE toolkit
      • Exploration of immersive environment for education
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    • What we started with at UT Arlington:
        • The Provost’s support
        • Support from my dept head and the Dean of the Library (giving me ½ time to devote to SL)
        • One evangelist: a College of Nursing professor
        • One person with SL skills, knowledge and experience (me)
    • Plus skepticism:
        • GIS in SL in Fall 2007
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    • But also, good fortune
        • Getting the Dean of Liberal Arts interested
        • Favorable press in the campus newspaper
        • Funding for the 3 islands for Year Two, championed by the Dean of the Library
    • What I still need the most:
        • My “first follower” -
        • To move interest to excitement and excitement to action
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    • Activities over the past 8 months:
      • Interest meetings, Information Fair, Focus on Technology, Library Finals Week game night, Workshops including “Library STEW” this summer
      • Class activities: Nursing, English
      • FLOC exhibit on food sustainability
      • Website with info, tutorials, and resources / Facebook page & Twitter feed
      • College of Nursing Genomics Journal Club with IRB-approved study
      • Undergraduate advising for the Department of Sociology & Anthropology
    • Next year:
      • Expanded use in the College of Nursing
      • Department of Art & Art History’s new Digital Media track
      • Hoping a professor in Educational Leadership follows through
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    • Challenges:
      • “ It’s a game” and “little creepy” – uncanny valley?
      • It’s comparatively hard, in an age when most things online are very easy
      • System requirements: library staff (and faculty) with inadequate computers, students on wireless connections with laptops and netbooks
      • Campus labs that install software twice a year
      • Faculty priorities
    • Factors in success:
      • People with good SL knowledge, skills, and broad experience as well as people who are educators and/or instructional designers
      • Support: staff time, funding for building help, funding for incentive programs
      • Patience! And courage?
  • UTArlington I
  • Gallery space, café and conference room on UTArlington I
  • UTArlington II
  • Sandbox on UTArlington II
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    • Shameless plug:
      • UT System Undergraduate Conference 2010 Thursday, June 17, 2010, 11:30am-6:30pm SLT at UTexas System Academic & UTexas System Health (SLURLs forthcoming) (currently under construction)
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    • UTA SL website -
      • Follow on Facebook or Twitter or read postings on the site
      • Log in directly to UTA land
    • Virtual Learning Community-
      • Current PI: Mario Guerra, University of Texas Austin (
    • Contact me: Sarah Jones - [email_address]
    • University of Texas Arlington, Digital Library Services
    • In SL: Razitra Artizar (Raz)