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Discussion Gaming Featured in Urban Library Council's Exchance

by Julie Scordato (non-member) on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 04:04 pm

Follow the link and scroll down to the 4th item on the latest Exchange e-newsletter by the Urban Libraries Council.

Gaming is featured as part of the spectrum of services we offer teens at Columbus Metropolitan Library.

 

http://urbanlibraries.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=84.

ACRL ULS (University Libraries Section)

Discussion Vote on new ULS committees!

by Kim Leeder Reed on Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 11:14 am

In the next year ULS will be initiating several new committees in order to create more opportunities for ULS members to be active in the section while also expanding ULS's contributions to university librarianship.

What will those committees be? We want you to tell us.

Vote now! via our one-question Surveymonkey poll.

Second Life Users Group

Event Second Skin in Second Life - Conversation w/Peter Brauer on 8/10 at 7 pm PT/SLT

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 05:10 pm

For World2Worlds.com, W2W Group:

Join the editors of SmarterTechnology on Monday, August 10, at 7 PM Pacific/10 PM Eastern, on the web (via video and chat) or live in Second Life, for a conversation with Peter Brauer, Producer, and Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza, Director of Second Skin - a full-length feature film about online gamers that Richard Garriott (aka Lord British) calls "A superb documentary unveiling a digital subculture that has bridged the gaps of time, distance and humanity."

SmarterTechnology 1, SmarterTechnology 1 (230, 98, 33)

For World2Worlds.com, W2W Group:

Join the editors of SmarterTechnology on Monday, August 10, at 7 PM Pacific/10 PM Eastern, on the web (via video and chat) or live in Second Life, for a conversation with Peter Brauer, Producer, and Juan Carlos Pineiro Escoriaza, Director of Second Skin - a full-length feature film about online gamers that Richard Garriott (aka Lord British) calls "A superb documentary unveiling a digital subculture that has bridged the gaps of time, distance and humanity."

SmarterTechnology 1, SmarterTechnology 1 (230, 98, 33)

Watch online at http://world2worlds.com/index.php/w2w-realtime-page

 

 

 

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Second Life Users Group

Event Discover Your Inner Therapy Dog Tonight , 8/10, at 6 pm Second Life Time/Pacific Time

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 04:56 pm

From Librarians of Second Life Group:

Join us for an hour of storytelling as Jenaia Morane and Marty Snowpaw (founders of The Virtual Worlds Story Project) tell us the hilarious and heartwarming tale of how Jenaia became a therapy dog and took the Reluctant Quester (Marty) under her wing....errrr paw.

The evening will include readings from both Cicerone Destiny (Jenaia's therapy dog persona) and the Reluctant Quester's journals as well as a short writing exercise designed to let you experience a little dog therapy of your own ;-)

From Librarians of Second Life Group:

Join us for an hour of storytelling as Jenaia Morane and Marty Snowpaw (founders of The Virtual Worlds Story Project) tell us the hilarious and heartwarming tale of how Jenaia became a therapy dog and took the Reluctant Quester (Marty) under her wing....errrr paw.

The evening will include readings from both Cicerone Destiny (Jenaia's therapy dog persona) and the Reluctant Quester's journals as well as a short writing exercise designed to let you experience a little dog therapy of your own ;-)

The Poet's Brain (aka The Cove), Laguna Beach Cove (176, 188, 24)

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LITA ALCTS / CaMMS Authority Control Interest Group

Discussion Virtual International Authority File

by Mary Mastraccio on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 01:06 pm

The VIAF is a cooperative project of OCLC and national libraries. Dr. Thomas Butler, OCLC Research, update presentation.

RUSA MARS Public Libraries Committee (Machine-Assisted Reference Section)

Discussion Any handheld librarians in the crowd?

by Alexandria McEwen on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 05:33 pm

I recently attended the virtual Handheld Librarian conference www.handheldlibrarian.org and would like to share some of the statistics and topics discussed there.

Did you know that there are over 3.3 billion mobile phone users in the world? And that it is estimated that over 1 trillion SMS messages are sent in the U.S. every year?

Did you know that it is estimated that mobile Internet users will grow by 19% by the year 2012 which equals to about 91.7% of cell phone users?

I recently attended the virtual Handheld Librarian conference www.handheldlibrarian.org and would like to share some of the statistics and topics discussed there.

Did you know that there are over 3.3 billion mobile phone users in the world? And that it is estimated that over 1 trillion SMS messages are sent in the U.S. every year?

Did you know that it is estimated that mobile Internet users will grow by 19% by the year 2012 which equals to about 91.7% of cell phone users?

Do you have a mobile site for you library? Do you offer a text message reference service at your library? If not you might want to consider, why not! The wave of the future seems to be the cell phone; where will libraries be when the world begins to exclusively access the Internet from their mobile devices?

To keep up with the latest technology for libraries, try these websites: http://mobile-libraries.blogspot.com/, http://www.alatechsource.org/, http://stephenslighthouse.sirsidynix.com/

Want to see the mobile web in action? Check out these forward thinking libraries: http://www.skokie.lib.il.us/s_about/mobile_services.asp, http://www.maine.gov/msl/mobile/, http://www.bsu.edu/library/mobile/

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LITA ALCTS / CaMMS Authority Control Interest Group

Poll Will you physically attend Midwinter 2010 in Boston, January 15-19?

by Amy McNeely on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 05:11 pm
Yes
80% (8 votes)
No
20% (2 votes)
Undecided/Waiting for funding
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 10
LLAMA Mentoring Committee (Library Leadership & Management Association)

Online Doc June 16, 2009, Minutes, LLAMA Mentoring Committee

by Reese Evenson on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 02:45 pm

 

LLAMA Mentorship Committee Meeting

 

LLAMA Mentorship Committee Meeting

June Conference Call

 

June 16, 2009

2:00 PM ET

 

 

MINUTES

 Committee Members in Attendance:

Elaine Cline, Reese Evensen, Amy Fiske, Marie A. Seymour-Green, Barbara S. Spears, Neely J. Tang, Jennifer Taxman, Deborah G. Tenofsky, DeAnza Williams

 Committee Members Absent:

Karen Apland, Janine Golden, Adriana Gonzalez, Nancy S. Hershoff, Christine M. Shupala,

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 Orientation –

 All committee members should plan to show up at least 15-30 minutes before Orientation is scheduled to begin to help with set-up.  Don’t forget, Orientation is Saturday, July 11, 2009 from 1:30-3:00pm at the Chancellor Room in the Fairmont Hotel.

 Kerry and Fred provided the new food budget for Orientation.  DeAnza reported that we could spend approximately $1,700 in order to stay in budget.  DeAnza and Nancy did a wonderful job selecting and order food for the event.  Karen was able to confirm that there will be approximately 75 attendees, including the committee.  They chose the Fairmont Refresh Spa Package at $19 per guest.

 Elaine put on her marketing hat and reminded us all that we need to make sure pictures are taken.  She will be bringing her camera, as will Reese.  Reese and Amy will also be working on putting together our YouTube video.  Neely will provide Reese with a list of folks who did not sign a release form.  Reese will bring extra release forms for those who are interested in being interviewed. 

 Amy confirmed that she and Jennifer are ready to greet folks for the Orientation.  Karen will be printing name tags (she is very organized and each group of people will have a different color tag according to their categories or be differentiated in a different visual way).  Adriana is ready and will have the final power point presentation and program agenda out to everyone this week.  Please have comments/changes back to her within a week of receipt.  Once the presentation is ready, Reese will put it up on the wiki.

 Liaison Follow-up –

 Amy and Jennifer have done a fabulous job following-up with the 2009-10 duos and making sure that their paperwork is complete.  Neely will confirm from whom we are still missing information.  Neely also needs to ask Janine where we placed last year’s contracts.

 Virtual Meeting Model –

 The group consensus is to have the Midwinter meeting be optional attendance with required Annual attendance.  Amy found being new to the committee that meeting folks in person was very helpful in her understanding of how the committee works.  For those who do not attend Midwinter, the committee will look into how to set-up a conference call/video.  We will look into Skype, Google and Oovoo.  We will look into the equipment needed and ask for a wireless room.  (Side note:  Neely was informed after the meeting that Kerry has nominated the committee for wireless access during the meeting at Annual.  She will notify the committee if she hears anything else.)  Debbie reminded the committee that we don’t have to meet in a conference location and whatever mode we use for conferencing, the point would be for everyone to see everyone else.  Neely sent this information on to Kerry and Gina Milsap for further consideration.  (Side note:  Kerry wrote back to let us know that virtual meeting models are being discussed at ALA HQ and will also be discussed at Annual.) 

 The committee will also need to decide, with the help of the tech team, whether to use Connect or Google Groups as our repository.

 Committee’s Web Presence –

 The committee discussed, in light of ALA’s Connect roll-out, what our web presence should look like.  We also briefly discussed, with all the options available to us – wiki, Connect, Google Docs, Google Groups – how we want to organize our presence and information.  The tech team will look into Connect and Amy will work with Reese to look into Google Groups.  Our main concerns are the following – privacy (as some information we discuss must be kept confidential), ease of use/findability, ease of updating.  It was decided that we will be present on all ALA/LLAMA web sites, but that we will need to choose one area in which to grow our site and have all others point back to the fully developed site.  Neely will ask Kerry which presence LLAMA suggests we place our efforts.  (Update: Kerry reached out to a few folks and the short answer is there are no current guidelines.  Marsha Iverson, Chair LLAMA Web Advisory Board, is interested in using our committee as a test case for the soon to be developed LLAMA’s strategic Web communications tool.)  

 

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YALSA blog

Discussion August topics for the blog

by Heidi Dolamore on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 02:31 pm
  • Teen Read Week
  • Midwinter Institute
  • bundled registration for MW and Annual opens soon...what are you looking forward to? things to do in Boston? encourage people to post their recommendations on the YALSA wiki at http://tinyurl.com/YALSAmidwinter10.
  • Lit Symposium - deadline for proposals is October 1.
  • Teen Read Week
  • Midwinter Institute
  • bundled registration for MW and Annual opens soon...what are you looking forward to? things to do in Boston? encourage people to post their recommendations on the YALSA wiki at http://tinyurl.com/YALSAmidwinter10.
  • Lit Symposium - deadline for proposals is October 1.
  • Teens' Top Ten - voting opens Aug. 24, how are you promoting it in your library?
  • Budget cuts and layoffs continue to be a concern everywhere...how are you advocating for your library? what YALSA resources are helpful?
  • There has been a lengthy discussion on YA-YAAC about what stuff should be called in the library and in YALSA.  Some folks feel that young adults shouldn't be a term for 12-18 year olds, but for 20 somethings.  Some people suggested a name change for YALSA, and lots of other stuff.  What do you think? YA-YAAC archives: http://lists.ala.org/wws/info/ya-yaac
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