[Press Release] It is with great pleasure that Alexina Proctor and Prax Maryjasz announce that Amvans Lapiz is taking over the Directorship of the Community Library on Sendalonde in InWorldz. Prax and Alexina, who co-founded the Community Library on InWorldz, are retiring as co-Directors, but will continue to be attend library board of directors meetings and act as consultants to Amvans as needed.
Amvans Lapiz has been on the library board and an active member in expanding the library collection and information resources and assisting in exhibit creation since August 2012. Amvans is known as Amvans Lapis in Second Life (SL), where she is currently estate manager for VCARA (Virtual Center for Archives and Records) on the San Jose State University SL campus.
She has a PhD in computer science, works as a technical researcher for a well-known technology company and does conference presentations for that company and for VCARA. Amvans is nearly done with a masters in library science. She expects to finish her thesis for the MLIS degree in 2016. [Most people elect a non-thesis option that is easier.]
Amvans is the ideal candidate for this position that requires a love of libraries, a strong presence in and love of virtual worlds and a proven technology background. Alexina first met her when she attended Alexina’s Web technology class in the SJSU iSchool graduate program. She volunteered to work with Prax and me on the library.
Having worked for over 25 years in STEM-related fields, she has assisted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program design to encourage young girls to pursue STEM related activities. As part of her thesis, she is developing a STEM resource region in virtual worlds.
Please help us welcome Amvans Lapiz as the new Director of the Community Library in InWorldz.
Twitter: Marie Vans http://twitter.com/NoCo_STEMG
YouTube VCARA – many of the machinima for VCARA were filmed and edited by Marie Vans (Amvans): http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe3kkzyWCmzLGBXulzn3mzg
Library IZURL: http://places.inworldz.com/Sendalonde/59/84/35
Current Library Board: Leanna Caerndow, Miso Susanowa, Moontan Valeeva
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