Virtual Communities and Libraries Community
The ALA ACRL Virtual World Interest Group and the ALA Communities & Virtual Libraries MIG will meet on Sunday, July 28th.
Program Title: Minecraft & Digital Citizenship
An after-school club (5th grade students in the library) built a game to promote digital citizenship in Minecraft. This project will be discussed along with the topic of gamification in education.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Meet in Second Life on Imagination Island at the Community Virtual Library Meeting Space.
Noon-1pm SLT (Pacific Time) ACRL VWIG program
1pm-2pm ALA Communities & Virtual Libraries planning session and discussion
Laura Solomon author of two books on library use of social media, librarian, and CVL volunteer (our previous webmaster and logo designer) spoke for the ALA Virtual Communities & Libraries Member Interest Group on Imagination Island at the new Community Virtual Library auditorium in Second Life on March 6th at 6 PM SLT. Her talk was well received. We had good attendance and participation.
She spoke about: How to Fail at Social Media. Lots of experts will tell you how to succeed at social media, but very few will lay out a clear path to failure. We learned what the most common points of failure are for libraries, and why libraries often aren't getting what they want out of this medium. Laura Solomon is the author of two books on social media and libraries, and she has seen many libraries enter the social media waters with no idea of how to navigate. You can purchase her books: http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Solomon/e/B00411CGKG/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1362775307&sr=1-2-ent and find out if your library is on its way to a social media shipwreck and know how you might be able to change course.
Laura Solomon, MCIW, MLS is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network and the former Web Applications Manager for the Cleveland Public Library. She has been doing web development and design for over twelve years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She also authored a statewide web site usability study in 2004 that evaluated the site of every public library in Ohio. She specializes in developing with Drupal, as well as in web code and accessibility standards. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer. And, she spends waaayyy too much time on Facebook.
Virtual Communities and Libraries MIG / ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group
When: Sunday, June 24, 2012 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: 212A Convention Center
Joint business meeting of the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group and the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group. Discussion will focus on ongoing projects and future plans.
Join us at the Anaheim Convention Center on Sunday, June 24, 4pm for the joint meeting of two ALA groups interested in virtual world librarianship or join us virtually in Second Life. At our ALA meetings we connect via laptops to Second Life so we can see our colleagues in SL and they can hear our voice conversation in Anaheim. Come and meet virtual friends and participate in planning future programs and events for the groups.
Our agenda includes:
ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Interest Group
- Updates and future plans, including the ALA site in Second Life, group organization and leadership, and meeting schedules for the next year
ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group
- Welcome and introductions
- Report on activities and update on the group
- Future programs and events – we’d like to hear from you, we’re planning visits to other virtual world grids, and tours or programs about Second Life and virtual worlds in an academic setting
- Announcement for July program: July 22, discussion with Aaron Barlow & Robert Leston, authors of current book, Beyond the Blogoshpere: Information and Its
Children, to be held in Second Life.
Joint Meeting of the Virtual Communities and Libraries MIG and the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group at ALA Midwinter in Dallasby 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!)
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:
Sunday, January 22, 2012
2:00pm SLT (Second Life time is pacific time zone)
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.