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Event Feb VCL MIG Meeting

by Christina Coleman (staff) on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 03:56 pm
Virtual Communities and Libraries

Discussion Joint Meeting of the Virtual Communities and Libraries MIG and the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group at ALA Midwinter in Dallas

by Marcia Meister on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 07:35 pm

Joint meeting of the Virtual Communities and Libraries MIG and the
ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group at ALA Midwinter, 2012

ALA Midwinter Conference Dallas meeting will be Sunday, January 22,
4:00pm in the Dallas Convention Center, room D225.

Discussion convener in Dallas will be Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg
in SL), incoming group convener for the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest
Group.  (Thank you Val!)

Joint meeting of the Virtual Communities and Libraries MIG and the
ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group at ALA Midwinter, 2012

ALA Midwinter Conference Dallas meeting will be Sunday, January 22,
4:00pm in the Dallas Convention Center, room D225.

Discussion convener in Dallas will be Valerie Hill (Valibrarian Gregg
in SL), incoming group convener for the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest
Group.  (Thank you Val!)

Both groups will go over current projects and future plans.  These
groups are open to anyone interested in virtual worlds.  We hold
meetings, programs and events in the Second Life virtual world.

We will meet virtually in Second Life simultaneously with the Dallas
meeting for folks who can't make it to Dallas.  Our meeting place will
be the Community Virtual Library (CVL) auditorium on Info Island.  In
Second Life the meeting time is 2pm (SLT is Pacific time)

Despite our best efforts, sometimes technology doesn't cooperate for
an effective joint rl and sl meetup, but let's try it again and hope
the connections work for us.

Location in Second Life:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/92/138/33
Sunday, January 22, 2012
2:00pm SLT (Second Life time is pacific time zone)

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Virtual Communities and Libraries

Event Virtual Communities in Libraries MIG / ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 01:07 am

Shared meeting of the Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Initiative Group and ACRL's Virtual Words Interest Group. Both groups will go over current projects and future plans.

Notifications will be sent out through SL groups, and teleports will be sent once the location is finalized. Please contact Kay Tairov in-world if you have further questions about participating via SL.

More information about this conference session

Virtual Communities and Libraries

Discussion American Library Association in Second Life/ALA Island Closed 1/1/2012

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 03:14 pm

The American Library Association (ALA) closed its ALA Island in Second Life on January 1, 2012, as noted on the Virtual Presence Blog.  Next steps for ALA in Second Life, including location and planning for a new smaller destination in Second Life, will be discussed at the joint meeting of the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group and the Virtual Words Interest Group of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA) at the rapidly approaching 2012 ALA Midwinter Me

The American Library Association (ALA) closed its ALA Island in Second Life on January 1, 2012, as noted on the Virtual Presence Blog.  Next steps for ALA in Second Life, including location and planning for a new smaller destination in Second Life, will be discussed at the joint meeting of the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group and the Virtual Words Interest Group of ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA) at the rapidly approaching 2012 ALA Midwinter Meeting, which takes place at 4:00 pm CT on January 22, 2012, at the Dallas Convention Center (D225), as can be seen on the 2012 ALA Midwinter Scheduler

If you have any questions or comments for the meeting, feel free to leave them below. Members can use their ALA website login and join the group to do this; nonmembers can complete the free site registration and join the group to do this.

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Event 2010 Banned Books Week in Second Life Schedule, Sep 26 thru Oct 2, including events and exhibits on ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 04:01 am

2010 Banned Books Week in Second Life Schedule, Sep 26 thru Oct 2 -
http://www.virtual.ala.org/virtualpresence/?p=486

See blog post for details. SLT is Second Life Time, which is the same as Pacific Time.

Sunday, September 26th
4pm – 6pm SLT
Opening Concert featuring Trowzer Boa – Jazz Sax & the Robot Band
ALA Island Main Stage

2010 Banned Books Week in Second Life Schedule, Sep 26 thru Oct 2 -
http://www.virtual.ala.org/virtualpresence/?p=486

See blog post for details. SLT is Second Life Time, which is the same as Pacific Time.

Sunday, September 26th
4pm – 6pm SLT
Opening Concert featuring Trowzer Boa – Jazz Sax & the Robot Band
ALA Island Main Stage

Monday, September 27th
4pm – 5pm SLT
Book Challenges Panel Discussion (presented by the Community Virtual Library)
Info Island Amphitheater in Second Life

5:30pm – 7:00 pm SLT
Banned Books "You Can’t Ban Imagination" Party
Info Island
Celebrate your right to read freely at this party with a theme pulled from science-fiction and fantasy based literature.

Tuesday, September 28th
6pm – 7pm SLT
Book Discussion Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird (presented by Community Virtual Library)
Info Island

Wednesday, September 29th
6pm – 7pm SLT
Book Discussion: Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

Thursday, September 30th
Noon – 2pm SLT
Banned Books Week Trivia Game Show
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

Friday, October 1st
1pm – 4pm SLT
Banned Books Week Machinima Screening
ALA Island Main Stage

Saturday, October 2nd
9am – 10am SLT
Book Discussion: Aldous Huxley's Brave New World
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

1pm – 3pm SLT
Banned Books Week 2010 Virtual Read Out
ALA Island Main Stage

4pm – 6pm SLT
Banned Books Week Closing Concert featuring Jewels Osterham
ALA Island Main Stage

Exhibits -- and More! - Available All Week Long -- and Beyond!

Community Virtual Library’s Banned Book Week Banned Book Poster Display
Contact:  Rocky Vallejo
Learn more about banned and challenged books through an informative exhibit of poster entries. Displays will be displayed on Info Island through October 9th.

Banned Books Interactive Display
This interactive display, designed by Clicquot Oh, explains the reasons why some books have been challenged. On display at the I Love Libraries lounge on ALA Island through October 2nd.

FREE! Banned Books Week Robot and Robot Tiny Avatar
This year’s Banned Books Week mascot is an adorable robot and he’s available as a freebie either as a stand-alone interactive display or as a tiny avatar to wear. Both are available from vendors at the ALA Island Main Stage. (Built and scripted by Sept Doigts)

Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College is celebrating Banned Book Week 2010 with a Second Life exhibit on the set of their latest video triumph "Banned Book Week at Rosie’s House," starring Pat Swordthain as the Book Policeman and Gardenia Mills as Rosie and the Dragon. Come to TCC Island, watch the video, and tour the set.

Stepanovych’s 1st Amendment / Banned Books Awareness Project
Kick off September 25th 2010 in conjunction with the American Library Association Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Loosely modeled after a scene from George Orwell’s 1984 and drawing from the words of Orwell and Bradbury regarding censorship. This instillation features a video of 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century that have been the target of ban attempts. The scene is a representation of a world where censorship has "cleansed" society… dreary, dull, used, and without "life"

 

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Virtual Communities and Libraries

Event ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries (VCL) Meeting at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference on 6/26 at 1:30-4:00 pm ET - simultaneous Washington DC and Second Life meeting

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm

From Maxito Ricardo --

The featured speaker at the ALA VCL MIG meeting on Saturday, June 26th, from 1:30 to 4:00 ET (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 PT/SLT) will be Tom Boellstorff, author of the book Coming of Age in Second Life. Tom is an anthropologist, not a librarian.

Real-Life Location: Room 303 of the Washington Convention Center
 
SL Location: ALA Island

 

From Maxito Ricardo --

The featured speaker at the ALA VCL MIG meeting on Saturday, June 26th, from 1:30 to 4:00 ET (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 PT/SLT) will be Tom Boellstorff, author of the book Coming of Age in Second Life. Tom is an anthropologist, not a librarian.

Real-Life Location: Room 303 of the Washington Convention Center
 
SL Location: ALA Island

 

From Snow Scarmon --
http://www.rezlibris.com/events/185-ala-vcl-meeting-at-the-ala-annual-conference

The ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group will meet on Saturday, June 26th from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. EDT.  The Second Life attendees will convene on ALA Island in Second Life, at 10:30 am SL time.

Tom Boellstorff will speak about his 2008 book Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human.

Library and Information Science graduate students will talk about their experiences in Second Life, especially the Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education, and Museums in-world conference held earlier this year.

We also plan to discuss future Virtual Communities and Libraries activities.  We also have heard a rumor (from a reliable source) that a surprise guest whom everyone will be interested in hearing plans to make an appearance at our meeting.

Also, the ACRL VW IG will meet on Saturday from 4:00 to 5:30 in the CAP South American Room.  SL attendees will convene on ALA Island, too.

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Virtual Communities and Libraries

Discussion Looking for topics and presenters for BIGWIG Showcase at ALA Annual 2010

by Rachel Vacek on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 01:15 pm

Interested in virtual communites like Second Life?  This might be the perfect opportunity for you to present on something interesting you've been working on.
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It's time for the 4th Annual BIGWIG Showcase at ALA Annual (formerly the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase), and we are looking for your help!

In the interests of staying as "current" and relevant as possible, we would like you to propose topics for this year's Showcase.

Interested in virtual communites like Second Life?  This might be the perfect opportunity for you to present on something interesting you've been working on.
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It's time for the 4th Annual BIGWIG Showcase at ALA Annual (formerly the BIGWIG Social Software Showcase), and we are looking for your help!

In the interests of staying as "current" and relevant as possible, we would like you to propose topics for this year's Showcase.

You can do that here: http://www.yourbigwig.com/node/add/topic  

Once done posting a topic, you can view and vote on your favorite topics here: http://yourbigwig.com/topics/2010

A topic can be anything related to libraries and emerging technology, from social media to online comunities to discovery platforms to open-source tools to using tech tools in new or innovative ways. Use your imagination!

Also, if you are interested in presenting on this topic yourself, please put your name down - and you will be contacted with details following the voting.

Please keep topics somewhat general - but provide more details, if desired, in the "comments" portion. Be sure to suggest and vote on topics/presenters by next Friday, May 14th!

Thanks!

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Event March 5 & 6 2010 The Future is Now: Libraries and Musems in Virtual Worlds (initially named the Virtual Worlds and Libraries Online Conference)

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 01:46 pm

The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds Conference Homepage, which includes the preliminary schedule and the registration fee tier, is at:
http://www.opal-online.org/finindex.htm

The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds Conference Schedule
http://www.opal-online.org/FINschedule.htm

The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds Conference Homepage, which includes the preliminary schedule and the registration fee tier, is at:
http://www.opal-online.org/finindex.htm

The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds Conference Schedule
http://www.opal-online.org/FINschedule.htm

Initially, this event was named the Virtual Worlds and Libraries Online Conference, and is the event mentioned by author Marilyn Johnson in the February 25, 2010 USA TODAY newspaper article, "Author: Librarian, cybrarian appreciation is 'Overdue'" by Craig Wilson.

News Release from Alliance Library System

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - Lori Bell

(With some details added by Valerie Hawkins from the ALA Island in Second Life page)

January 26, 2010
For Immediate Release

Everyone is invited to participate in The Future is Now:  Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, an online conference to be held on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, 2010 in OPAL, the webconferencing collaborative service, in Second Life, and in other three-dimensional virtual worlds. 

Throughout this two-day conference there will be dozens of presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions, demonstrations, tours, and social events.  

You need not be proficient in virtual worlds to participate in this conference.  Second Life orientation sessions will be held March 2-5:

  • Tuesday March 2nd from 5-6 PM SLT/PST;
  • Wednesday, March 3rd from 1-2 PM SLT/PST;
  • Thursday March 4th from 6-7 PM SLT/PST;
  • Friday March 5th from 8-9 AM SLT/PST.

All orientations will take place at Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (205, 56, 61) - http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/205/56/61

 

Keynote Speakers:

  • Marilyn Johnson, author of the new book, This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All.  She also wrote The Dead Beat:  Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries.  
  • Tom Atkinson teaches Instructional Technology at the U. of Central Florida and has over 30 years of experience in designing, producing, delivering, and evaluating interactive instruction on mobile learning platforms and in virtual worlds
  • Sharon Tettegah and Cynthia Colongne, co-authors of the 2009 book, Identity, Learning and Support in Virtual Environments. 

 

Conference Websitehttp://bit.ly/7L8M1j

 

Registration Fees:

  • $25 for individuals who are members of the American Library Association
    (ALA).
  • $45 for individuals who are not members of ALA.
  • $10 for individuals who are students, retired, or between jobs.
  • $75 for Groups (A group is defined as two or more individuals who are currently directly affiliated with an organization. Participating members of the registering organization need not be in the same location in the real world when they attend conference events.)

Register Nowhttp://bit.ly/7cB88t

Twitter Hashtag#FIN10

Poster Session Proposals:  The deadline for submitting program proposals has passed, and the deadline for poster session proposals was Monday, March 1, 2010.  See the current list of accepted poster sessions as well as poster set-up information.

Sponsor:  LearningTimes (http://www.learningtimes.org/), an open community of education and training professionals. 

Conference Co-Organizers:  ALA VCL MIG (Virtual Communities & Libraries, Member Initiative Group), ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group, the Alliance Library System, and TAP Information Services. 

Conference Archive :  We plan to record and archive as many events as possible. Only paid registrants, presenters, and members
of the conference planning team will have access to the conference archive for 3 months after the conclusion of the conference. On June 6, 2010 the conference archive will be made available to everyone.

More Information:  Please contact Tom Peters (816.616.6746; tpeters@tapinformation.com)

 

See original Call for Proposals at Virtual Communities and Libraries entry at:

http://connect.ala.org/node/90551

 


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Event Second Life Orientation Session March 5th!

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Second Life Orientation Sessions March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th!

(By Tricky Lexington!)

Are you new to Second Life (SL)? Or has it been a while since you last assumed your avatar’s skin?

Second Life Orientation Sessions March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th!

(By Tricky Lexington!)

Are you new to Second Life (SL)? Or has it been a while since you last assumed your avatar’s skin?

Consider brushing up on your essential skills by attending an orientation session for ALA’s upcoming virtual worlds and libraries online conference, The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, to be held March 5th through 6th, 2010.

Make sure you can sit and listen during sessions that are important to you. Brush up on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Relearn the basics of maneuvering around in Second Life.

Orientation sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday March 2nd from 5-6 PM SLT/PST;
  • Wednesday, March 3rd from 1-2 PM SLT/PST;
  • Thursday March 4th from 6-7 PM SLT/PST;
  • Friday March 5th from 8-9 AM SLT/PST.

All orientations will take place at Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (205, 56, 61) - http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/205/56/61

Feel free to contact Valerie Hawkins by e-mail or send an IM to Second Life Avatar ALALibraryVal Miles with any questions.

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Event Second Life Orientation Session March 4th!

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Second Life Orientation Sessions March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th!

(By Tricky Lexington!)

Are you new to Second Life (SL)? Or has it been a while since you last assumed your avatar’s skin?

Second Life Orientation Sessions March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th!

(By Tricky Lexington!)

Are you new to Second Life (SL)? Or has it been a while since you last assumed your avatar’s skin?

Consider brushing up on your essential skills by attending an orientation session for ALA’s upcoming virtual worlds and libraries online conference, The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, to be held March 5th through 6th, 2010.

Make sure you can sit and listen during sessions that are important to you. Brush up on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Relearn the basics of maneuvering around in Second Life.

Orientation sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday March 2nd from 5-6 PM SLT/PST;
  • Wednesday, March 3rd from 1-2 PM SLT/PST;
  • Thursday March 4th from 6-7 PM SLT/PST;
  • Friday March 5th from 8-9 AM SLT/PST.

All orientations will take place at Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (205, 56, 61) - http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/205/56/61

Feel free to contact Valerie Hawkins by e-mail or send an IM to Second Life Avatar ALALibraryVal Miles with any questions.

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