by Shannon Bohle:
Virtual World Best Practices in Education
Date/Time: Friday March 12th 1:00 p.m.
Location: VWBPE East 1
Name: Shannon Bohle, MLIS
Shannon Bohle holds the Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree and is a professional librarian and archivist. Shannon’s background includes approximately 15 years of work experience in informal education (library, archive, museum) and formal education (K-16). She is a writer, editor and presenter. During her graduate study for the MLIS, she completed a project relating to the history of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to obtaining her graduate degree, Shannon worked at the Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum assisting with the education programming and working as a tour guide. Later, Shannon worked with the collection of one of the founding members of NACA (the precursor to NASA) located in the Oberlin College Archives. Shannon then served for a year as the Archivist of a living Nobel Prize winning scientist’s collection in the area of molecular biology. She has lectured on molecular biology digital resources at the University of California, Berkeley (2007) and science archives and history at the University of Oxford (2008). She presently serves at the volunteer Director of the Library and Archives at NASA CoLab in Second Life, the first library or archives in a synthetic immersive environment recognized by the Library of Congress. The project received various media coverage, including CNN. Her publishing background includes Technical Editor for a best selling book in Library and Information Science Automation published by O’Reilly (2008) and editorial duties for two books published by Cambridge University Press (2004-5) as well as three other books. Shannon’s creative approach toward digital libraries and computing can be found in Library Journal. A computer-generated video she made in Second Life received a special showing at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden hosted by the Nobel Prize Foundation. Her accomplishments are noted in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Education, Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, and Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World.
Title of Presentation: The Neil A. Armstrong Library and Archives: That’s One Small Step for a Virtual World Library, One Giant Leap for Education!
Description of Presentation: What is education without the library? Libraries are strategically positioned at the geographic center of college campuses for good reason. They represent the primary access point for students to access materials to meet their information needs and serve as social meeting places and centers for informal learning. Some would argue that during the Information Age the library has been gradually migrating from the ’bricks and mortar’ model of the 19th and 20th centuries to a borderless, net