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Upcoming Brown-Bag: “Persistent Virtual Worlds: Shaping Everyday Realities”

This spring’s Digital Pragmata programming begins with “Persistent Virtual Worlds: Shaping Everyday Realities,” a talk by Pattie Sobczak. Please come to Cabell Library Room 250 at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 27th. Bring your lunch! Chips, cookies and drinks will be provided. Here are a few words from Pattie about her talk…

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. 

Pattie Sobczak

Pattie Sobczak, Business and Public Affairs Collection Librarian and Assistant Professor, 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 adult players of a massively multiplayer on-line 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.

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