Thursday, May 21, 2009

New leaders on Karuna

Alliance Library System is pleased to announce and to welcome new leaders on Karuna, the National Library of Medicine contract for AIDS outreach and information in Second Life. Jena Ball (Jenaia Morane in sl) has been named Project Coordinator and Robin Ashford (Robin Mochi in sl) has been named Consumer Health Librarian.

Jena Ball is a writer, editor, and educator with an avid interest in how virtual reality is shaping how we see and interact with one another. The founder of The Nature of Writing (www.thenatureofwriting) - a firm specializing in creating custom content for educational purposes (textbooks, online classes, Web sites) - she has penned everything from marketing collateral and syndicated columns to features for national publications. With more than 25 years teaching experience, she has worked with ESL students in Japan, junior and senior high school, junior college, and adult ed students. Jena's most recent projects include: a) Creating customized writing courses for academically challenged teens in Coloradob) Founding the Viirtual Worlds Story Project ( and with it Storybook Islandc) Overseeing the Garden of Experience at Karuna, the HIV/AIDS sim in Second Lifed) Hosting and running Story and Poetry Quests in Second Lifee) Blogging about the ongoing adventures of her intrepid little avatar in Days of Our Second Lives: For more information about Jena and her work, please visit: 1. Storybook Island (home of The Virtual Worlds Story Project)2. The Virtual Worlds Story Project: 3. Karuna: BLOG: Days of Our Second Lives: www.daysofoursecondlives.com5. The Nature of Writing:

Robin Ashford, MSLIS, Reference & Distance Services Librarian, George Fox University (GFU), Portland, Oregon. Robin works primarily with graduate and doctoral students at the Portland Center Library of GFU. Her undergraduate major was in organizational management. She earned her library and information science degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her library experience includes reference service, library instruction, collection management, and administration. Robin volunteered on the Second Life (SL) reference desk of Information Island International for approximately one year and has developed a skydeck for her university community which includes her library office and resources. She connects, shares and collaborates with librarians/educators in SL from around the globe. She recently taught her first credit-bearing course in SL as an adjunct instructor for her university's School of Education. A strong interest in emerging technologies has led Robin to experiment and participate in multi-user virtual worlds, video production and screencasts, social media, augmented reality, spimes and more. Robin Mochi is her avatar's name in Second Life and other virtual worlds. She blogs at and can be found on twitter at

For more information, please contact Lori Bell at

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