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Digital Pragmata Brown-bag Session: "Persistent Virtual Worlds: Shaping Everyday Realities"



James Branch Cabell Library, 2nd Floor Multipurpose Room (Room 250)
922 Park Avenue, Richmond, VA 23284


Statistics show that over 183 million people in United States play video games at least one hour a day, and virtual worlds of all types are now accessible to us on demand. With this kind of proliferation, can we tell the difference between what is virtual and what is real? This presentation will look at virtual worlds in terms of how they not only connect with reality but also how they inform and shape how we function in our daily lives. From frequent flier miles, to earning mayoral status in the mobile app Foursquare, to leadership development in video games, to discovering new football moves in Madden Football, persistent virtual worlds influence our thoughts and behaviors in surprising ways.

Bring your lunch! Chips, cookies and drinks will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. If special accommodations are needed, please call Gregory Kimbrell, membership and events coordinator, at (804) 828-0593 prior to Feb. 25.

About the Speaker

Pattie Sobczak, business and public affairs collection librarian and assistant professor at VCU Libraries, has an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Her dissertation research involved the study of adult players of a massively multiplayer online video game (MMOG) and how their game play informed their leadership development at work. Her scholarly pursuits involve further investigation into the positive impact of virtual worlds of all types on our daily lives and the potential for emergent and ephemeral leadership skill development within these spaces. She is also investigating the role of librarians as leaders in the evolving and changing library digital space. She currently teaches leadership courses in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Policy at VCU.


The Digital Pragmata series is sponsored by VCU Libraries and the VCU Office of Research and Innovation.

Read the Digital Pragmata Blog

Learn more about this and other Digital Pragmata events, past and future, in the official blog.

Image: Digital Pragmata, by Jeff Bland


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James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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