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2009 ALA Annual Conference [Event]

Poll Which day would be best for playing Cruel 2 B Kind?

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Tue, Apr 14, 2009 at 10:12 am
Saturday, July 11
27% (4 votes)
Sunday, July 12
27% (4 votes)
Monday, July 13
47% (7 votes)
Total votes: 15
Social Media Mavens

Discussion Are you involved in any way, shape, or form with library training?

by Lori Reed on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 09:44 pm

Please complete this short, anonymous survey about library training support organizations:

http://tinyurl.com/libtrainingsurvey

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)

Event ALA/YALSA Election

by Stephanie Kuenn (staff) on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 04:05 pm

Voting in the ALA and YALSA elections end today.

Virtual Communities and Libraries

Event Doctor Who Discussion/T.A.R.D.I.S (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) @ your library MOVED TO 4/17 at 12 pm PT - National Library Week on ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

Valerie Hawkins, ALA library reference specialist (Second Life avatar, ALALibraryVal Miles), will moderate Doctor Who/T.A.R.D.I.S (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) @ your library, a discussion of the world of the popular British science fiction show Doctor Who. Meet ALALibraryVal Miles at Salon Huron on ALA Island (196, 209, 29).

Second Life Users Group

Event Doctor Who Discussion/T.A.R.D.I.S (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) @ your library MOVED TO 4/17 at 12 pm PT - National Library Week on ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

Valerie Hawkins, ALA library reference specialist (Second Life avatar, ALALibraryVal Miles), will moderate Doctor Who/T.A.R.D.I.S (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) @ your library, a discussion of the world of the popular British science fiction show Doctor Who. Meet ALALibraryVal Miles at Salon Huron on ALA Island (196, 209, 29).

Virtual Communities and Libraries

Event ALA Connect Presentation by Jenny Levine/SL's Cielo Paris MOVED TO 4/16 at 9 am PT - National Library Week on ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

Furthering promoting the theme of "connections," Jenny Levine, internet development specialist & strategy guide, ITTS (Second Life avatar, Cielo Paris), will host a presentation on ALA Connect, ALA’s new social networking site. Meet Cielo Paris at the Main Stage on ALA Island (128, 107, 29).

Second Life Users Group

Event ALA Connect Presentation by Jenny Levine/SL's Cielo Paris MOVED TO 4/16 at 9 am PT - National Library Week on ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

Furthering promoting the theme of "connections," Jenny Levine, internet development specialist & strategy guide, ITTS (Second Life avatar, Cielo Paris), will host a presentation on ALA Connect, ALA’s new social networking site. Meet Cielo Paris at the Main Stage on ALA Island (128, 107, 29).

Cataloging Rules

Discussion Interesting article on name disambiguation

by Jeffrey Beall (non-member) on Sat, Apr 11, 2009 at 08:24 am

The following article is worth a read. It's about different solutions for the name ambiguity problem. Although the article fails to describe the successful approach that library catalogers have used to deal with this problem, it's still an interesting article.

Enserink, Martin.  "Are You Ready to Become a Number?" Science, vol. 323, no. 5922 (27 March 2009): 1662-1664. DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5922.1662

Virtual Communities and Libraries

Discussion But wait; there's more! - 2009 National Library Week Events on ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 01:49 am

More to see and hear for the 2009 National Library Week on ALA Island!

More to see and hear for the 2009 National Library Week on ALA Island!

As April is School Library Media Month, and, with the permission of SLCN.TV, you can watch at the Galen Noltenius Sky (Video) Platform the recent entry in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Eduverse Talks series, Beyond the Dewey Decimal System: Librarians Leveraging Social Media to Build Professional Learning Communities, from February 17, 2009. As explained on the ISTE Eduverse Talks Blog: In this episode, Host Kevin Jarrett (SL: KJ Hax), leads an hour-long discussion about the growth of library/media learning networks and communities of practice powered by Web 2.0 tools and Second Life. Joining him will be: Lisa Perez (SL: Elaine Tulip), Chicago Public Schools; Joyce Valenza (SL: Joyce Story), Librarian, Springfield Township (PA) High School; and Rhonda Trueman (SL: Abbey Zenith), Head of Reference and Business Librarian for Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC.

The Thursday of National Library Week is Support Teen Literature Day. In celebration of that, we present a radio show of teen pop culture icon, Archie Andrews. Comic books were arguably the first literature written specifically for kids and teens, but in the 1940s and 1950s they were villanized in polite society, and blamed, with rather specious studies, for creating troublesome teens and juvenile delinquency. Schools, parent teacher associations, and other community groups held bonfires and burned hundreds of comics. Longtime comics publishers went out of business while its dozens of writers and artists were thrown out of work and regarded as social outcasts. Now true, such accusations were never hurled at the comic book world of Archie; rather, it was comics that featured crime stories, superheroes, jungle queens, and romance tales that attracted ire and fire.  Still, in memory of the rocky past comic books have experienced in America, you can listen to the Archie radio show episode — in which Archie’s father attempts to wallpaper the living room of the Andrews home — in our Banned Books Week Town Square (and you can read more about this particular chapter in American pop culture history in the 2008 Picador publication, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, by David Hajdu).

Last but not least, if you missed the Fall 2008 SLymposium, you can listen to an audio archive of its morning sessions, courtesy of Radio Riel via the Internet Archive, at Salon Huron. The surviving audio of the afternoon sessions will be there later in the week. The morning sessions in the audio recording of the presenters at the American Library Association Second Life Symposium on Nov. 8, 2008 contain: Welcome and Keynote by Tom Peters (SL’s Maxito Ricardo), author, ALA TechSource Library Technology Report on Librarianship in Virtual Worlds; Public and Rural Libraries in Second Life by Sonja Morgan (SL’s Sonja Morgwain), Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library; Library Associations in Second Life by Tina Coleman (SL’s Kay Tairov), ALA; and Academic Libraries in Second Life by Carrie Pennell (SL’s Carrie Kent), Harvard University. The afternoon sessions contain: Special Libraries in Second Life by Carol Perryman, Coordinator of Health Infoisland; and Graduate Library Students in Second Life by Sue Bergren. Due to logistical and technical difficulties, this recording does not contain the final presentation, Schools, Teens and Tweens in virtual worlds.

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