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Please take brief survey by Archivist Llewellyn — From “virtual reference services” to “virtual world reference services”

Please take the brief 7-question survey, From “virtual reference services” to “virtual world reference services” —

The survey comes from Archivist Llewellyn , director of the the Library and Archives at NASA CoLab in Second Life — as explained in the Winter 2010 Metropolitan Archivist cover story, “The Library and Archives at NASA CoLab in Second Life: A Virtual Co(-l)laboratory (PDF; 11 MB).”

Thank you!

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The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds on March 5-6, 2010

Future Is Now Conference 2010 Logo
The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds
Conference Co-Organizers: ALA VCL MIG (American Library Association Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group), the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA) Virtual Worlds Interest Group, the Alliance Library System (of the state of Illinois), and TAP Information Services. Sponsor: LearningTimes, an open community of education and training professionals.

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 5th and 6th, 2010, in the OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) webconferencing collaborative service; in Second Life; and in other three-dimensional virtual worlds. (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.) Throughout this two-day conference there will be dozens of presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions, demonstrations, tours, and social events; see the current list of poster sessions as well as poster set-up information. You need not be proficient in virtual worlds to participate in this conference. Orientation sessions will be held on March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th; see the ALA VCL MIG’s Virtual Presence Second Life Orientation Sessions blog entry for times, location, and other details. The Future is Now Conference has a tiered registration fee. View the Future is Now conference schedule. The official Twitter Hashtag: #FIN10

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.

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New Public Flickr Group: American Library Association in Second Life

In an attempt to gather together the various photos and photo-sets on Flickr of ALA Island as well as of ALA members and staff at Second Life events under one umbrella, the following Public Flickr Group was created –

American Library Association in Second Life



Snapshots of the American Library Association (ALA) in the Second Life virtual world, including pictures taken on ALA Island — — as well as pictures taken by ALA staff and members at various other locations within Second Life, including libraries, universities, and museums, as well as library, library association, and museum islands. And more!


Feel free to join and add your photos to the Group!

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ONE MORE CHANGE! Call for POSTER sessions extended to March 1! — Call for Proposals for March 5 & 6 2010 Call for Proposals for an Online and In-World Conference: “The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds”


The call for POSTER sessions (held in Second Life, on ALA Island) for this conference has been extended. Deadline is now March 1. We’re especially interested in posters from museum projects! The poster builds are not complicated and we can help. Please ask if you have questions! -Beth/Alice


Virtual Worlds and Libraries Online Conference (from Lori Bell)

The American Library Association Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (ALA VCL MIG) in collaboration with the Alliance Library System and TAP Information Services, invites librarians, library staff members, museum staff members, vendors, graduate students, and developers to submit proposals for programs and posters related to the topic of libraries in virtual worlds. invites librarians, library staff, vendors, graduate students, and developers to submit proposals for programs related to the topic of libraries in virtual worlds. The conference will be held online using OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) web conferencing software, with demonstrations, tours, and poster sessions in virtual worlds such as Second Life.

The conference dates are Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, 2010. Proposals are due Friday, January 22, 2010 (previously was January 15). We will notify you by Monday, February 1, whether or not your proposal has been accepted. Please send proposals to:


“The Future is Now:  Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds” online conference will feature interactive, live online sessions using OPAL web conferencing, with demonstrations, tours, and poster sessions in virtual
worlds such as Second Life.  We are interested in a broad range of submissions that highlight current, evolving and future issues and opportunities involving virtual worlds, libraries, and museums. These include but are not limited to the following themes:

•    Starting a Library or Museum in a virtual world

·         Museum and Library exhibits in virtual worlds

·         Planning events in virtual worlds

•    How to Build a Library/Museum Presence in Second Life

•    Working with a Class in Second Life or another virtual world

•    Virtual World platforms conducive to the missions of libraries and museums

•    The future for virtual environments and libraries/museums

•    Information Literacy in virtual worlds

•    Health information services in virtual worlds

•    Museum and library collaboration in virtual worlds

•    Library collaboration in virtual worlds

•    Working with other campus agencies and cultural institutions in virtual worlds

•    Handheld library/museum applications of virtual worlds

•    Reference services in virtual worlds

Proposal Submissions:

This conference accepts proposals for presentations delivered in several online formats:

•    A featured 45 minute presentation

•    Panel discussion with others (10 minutes of presentation)

•    Poster sessions on ALA Island in Second Life

·         Tours and demonstrations in the virtual world of your choice

Submit proposals by completing the form beneath by no later than Friday, January 22, 2010. You will be notified by Monday, February 1 if your proposal has been accepted.

Presenters Are Expected To:

•    Conduct an online session using OPAL web conferencing system, or conduct a poster session on ALA Island in Second Life, or provide a demonstration or tour in a virtual world of your choice.

•    Provide a photo, bio and program description for the conference website by February 10, 2010

•    Respond to questions from attendees

•    Attend a brief online orientations session on OPAL web conferencing prior to the conference dates.

Poster Session Information:

•    The Poster Session will take place on ALA Island in Second Life (Second Life avatar and client software required).

•    Poster presenters should be available during one or both of the active poster session times:

Friday, March 5, 12 – 1 PM SLT   (NOTE:  SLT = Pacific time)
Saturday, March 6, 12 – 1 AM SLT

•    Poster builds will be limited to two objects and a total of 15 prims.  Include one “slide show” object and one “giver” object that can dispense  notecards, landmarks or other content.  The slideshow object should be no larger than 5 x 5.  This session is equivalent to a “real life” poster session.  We are limiting presenters to specific building requirements to reduce lag and allow participation regardless of building experience.  We can provide
template objects to anyone who would like them.  (These include all scripts so you would just need to customize with your own images and information.)

Please fill out the following information for your proposal:

Title of Session:

Description of Session:  (100 words or less)

Presenter(s):  (Please include real name and institution)

Program platform:  (OPAL speaker presentation, Poster session on ALA Island
in Second Life, or specify the virtual world you will be using)

If Poster Session:  Which session(s) will you attend?  (mark one or both)

_____  Friday, March 5, 12 – 1 PM SLT
_____  Saturday, March 6, 12 – 1 AM SLT

Program Contact Information:  (Name, institution, address, email address, phone number)

Thank you for considering a submission for conference participation. If you have questions, please contact:

• Lori Bell, Alliance Library System,
• Tom Peters, TAP Information Services,
• Rhonda Trueman,

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New on ALA Island for June 2009!

The latest videos and podcast available “on demand” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on ALA Island

2009 Chicago Annual Conference Promo: What are YOU looking forward to, this summer?
Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46)
Produced by ALA Conference Services, this video features plenty of your colleagues discussing the value of Annual Conference–and the benefits to holding it in Chicago. The 2009 ALA Annual Conference is July 9 to 15 –

Job of a Lifetime – Brian Mathews (podcast) at Member Lounge from ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA)
Member Lounge on ALA Island (79, 89, 29)
College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) “Job of a Lifetime” column editor Erin Dorney talks with Brian Mathews about his work as User Experience Librarian at Georgia Tech. Mathews is now assistant university librarian for outreach and academic services at the University of California -Santa Barbara.  Read more about Mathews in the June 2009 issue of C&RL News – The User Experience Librarian,
Time: 14:17 — The music in this ACRL Podcast is “Don’t you,” mixed by stefsax and available on ccMixter. The music is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.

New Videos at AL Focus Video Village as of June 2, 2009
AL Focus Video Village on  ALA Island (79, 44, 44)
AL Focus is the video home of American Libraries (AL) magazine — the monthly magazine for ALA members. AL Focus Video Village is where you can watch AL Focus videos on ALA Island in SL. Newest videos available — Interview with T.A. Barron, author of the Lost Years of Merlin books; Interview with Lauren Myracle, the oft-challenged author of such books as ttyl, Bliss, and the new Peace, Love & Baby Ducks; and We Read Everything from ALA’s Booklist magazine — For over 100 years, Booklist magazine has been reading everything–so you don’t have to. But how do we read that many books? For the first time ever, the intrepid editors at Booklist provide a glimpse into the their top-secret methods. Prepare to be shocked and amazed.

Judith Krug Video in Banned Books Week Town Square — 1981 appearance on Open Mind PBS TV Show
Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (203, 55, 61)
Judith Krug was the founding director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and Banned Books Week. She passed away recently, in early April. Available to view in-world in Second Life now is the Open Mind episode from 1981, titled, Libraries, Free Speech, and Public Responsibility.

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NLW 2009: Debrief

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Mutant Lives displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.

Mutant Lives displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.

For those who don’t know what NLW stands for (I was asked this on two occasions on the ALA Main Stage in Second Life), it stands for National Library Week. This was our second year in SL celebrating NLW. The theme was Worlds Connect @yourlibrary and Island staff tried to make connections with other agencies in SL to widen the scope of our celebration. We had two very well-attended presentations, one given by North Lamar (Joe Sanchez) on Virtual Worlds, with more than 20 avis present throughout, and by Cielo Paris (Jenny Levine) on the ALA Connect application just launched the week before, with more than a dozen attending. Two great book talks were given, and at all times there were plenty of multimedia programs to be visited at AL Focus Mountain or on the Galen Noltenius Sky Platform. We did everything we’ve done before and it went smoothly–we’ve gotten pretty good with it.

Biran's Gadgets displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.


We also ran a treasure hunt that didn’t involve free t-shirts or posters but honest-to-goodness prizes given by honest-to-goodness SL vendors outside the InfoIsland Archipelago! The concept was to spread gift boxes to various sims on the Archipelago (Land of Lincoln, Bradburyville, etc.). The hunter finds a box that has a gift, a landmark to the store from which the gift came, and the landmark for the next sim in the hunt. I’ll readily confess it could have been better, but we had eight vendors out of the two dozen solicited volunteer to provide valuable gifts to the treasure hunters, from 50% off gift certificates to event gadgets, fun accessories and games. Two vendors had to drop out because I wasn’t available in time to work with them-I learned much about the fine details of setting up this kind of event. We also had someone basically walk off with a gift box and had to take that sim out of the hunt. Twenty people are recorded as having bought our treasure map (for free). I don’t have any information from the vendors as to how much traffic came to their stores from this rather modest group. As you can see from screen caps, three stores put up an NLW Sponsor poster, which we hoped let the wider SL world know about us. I am determined to grow this hunt during future week-long activities excepting AC and MW, when there’s already too much to do and too few to do it! But I believe strongly that we need to connect with the rest of Second Life and not become a special interest ghetto, and this is one way to do that.

Mimi*a*Go*Go displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.

Mimi*a*Go*Go displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.

FWIW, here are the numbers for the week of April 12-18 when I break down our stat collectors to unique visitors:

  • Salon Huron = 64
  • Main Stage = 411
  • Banned Books Week Village = 64
  • AL Focus Mountain = 13

Frankly, the numbers are not the way to measure this event, which we really attempted to spread out beyond our island. If anyone else out there has numbers for that week, please post in a comment here! What I find most fascinating is a relatively newcomer to SL and the Archipelago just being there the whole week! One fellow has apparently applied for a job at the ALA Washington Office! (I’m rooting for you! We need more ALA staff with SL experience!) He went to everything, although at times it looked like he may have been sleeping!

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April 15th: A Discussion of Libraries, Second Life and Education with Joe Sanchez at 6 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time

ALA TechSource is proud to present its first virtual world event—a discussion of virtual worlds, libraries and education with Second Life (SL) expert Joe Sanchez, as his Second Life avatar, North Lamar. Sanchez, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas, is the author of the February/March 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, “Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations.”

Please join us at the Main Stage of ALA Island in Second Life on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time for an exclusive interactive discussion and presentation of his work. We’ll be discussing virtual worlds and their potential to impact library service and freedom of information, as well as Joe’s work with library and information science college students using Second Life.

The main topic discussed will be role-playing in virtual worlds, as Joe mentions on his Educators Coop Blog, so we are asking all participants to come dressed as their favorite historical figure!

During the event we will participate in a role-playing activity so I ask that attendees come dressed as a favorite historical figure. We won’t be judging the avatars so homemade, default, slider-type avatars will be fine. This is a learning experience so please don’t feel the need to purchase a new avatar and by all means don’t be embarrassed if your avatar doesn’t look as good as you like. As you will see, role-play is more about being able to “play” the role rather than looking the part.

I think this will be a fun event and will get us (educators in SL) away from the typical slide show and lecture format that currently dominates educational events in SL.

Attendees to the event on ALA Island in Second Life will be able to get the chapter, “Virtual Worlds: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations,” from the February 2009 Library Technology Reports issue for free!

SPECIAL OFFER TO OUR FRIENDS IN THE LIBRARIANS OF SECOND LIFE GROUP!!: Get 15% off the purchase price of Joe Sanchez’s February/March 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports. Details on notecard in ALA TechSource vendor on ALA Island. Questions? Send an IM to Kay Tairov in Second Life or send an e-mail to <>.

About Joe Sanchez — Joe Sanchez is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on collaboration in virtual worlds and the convergence of digital media, play, and learning. Joe has designed and taught two information studies courses, both of which have been covered in national media outlets such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, and ABC News. Joe has been teaching in Second Life since the fall of 2006 and was recently awarded the first Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur grant for service learning in a virtual world. His homepage is at

Library Technology Reports, February/March 2009, “Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations” by Joe Sanchez — Second Life is a virtual world owned by Linden Lab with over fifteen million users. It is currently one of the most popular 3-D social virtual worlds. The use of Second Life by libraries and universities has become a hotly debated topic in Library and Information Science circles. Early adopters of Second Life have been called evangelists, while nonusers of Second Life have been called Luddites who “don’t get it.” The goal of this report isn’t to feed the fire on either side of the debate, but rather to inform readers about the historical foundations of virtual worlds and to provide concrete examples of how virtual worlds have been used in the teaching and learning process from K–12 through higher education. This report examines the origins and evolution of virtual spaces, and explores several different instances of their practical application in an educational setting.

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“Worlds connect @ your library” in Second Life — April 7, 2009 ALA press release with schedule of events on ALA Island for next week’s 2009 National Library Week

“Worlds connect @ your library” in Second Life

CHICAGO – In celebration of National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of “Worlds connect @ your library” events in Second Life (SL). “Worlds connect @ your library” is the 2009 theme for National Library Week.

This year’s attractions and events in Second Life mark the second National Library Week to host “in-world” activities. Attractions open throughout National Library Week will include:

  • An ALA / Information Island Archipelago Treasure Hunt. Visitors are invited  to explore the Information Island Chain while picking up fun and useful freebies along the way.
  • A celebration of ALA Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) National Library Workers Day, Tuesday, April 14. ALA Island will feature the Gallery of Library Stars, where visitors can pose for a picture and have it added to the gallery.
  • Build-Your-Own-Tour of Libraries in Second Life. SL users can use the pictures on the ALA Island to visit different library locations throughout Second Life.
  • A Youth Media Award art gallery. Visitors are invited to stop by the Lorelei Junot Gallery to check out this National Library Week art exhibit featuring cover art from Caldecott, Pura Belpré and Coretta Scott King award winners and honor medal recipients.

Also, during National Library Week, ALA staff members will be in Second Life to reach out and connect with SL users. Special events will include (and please be aware that Second Life Time, called SLT, is exactly the same as Pacific Time, so adjust the times below to your own time zone accordingly):

  • 10 a.m. PT/SLT, Monday, April 13 – Main Stage, ALA Island

Megan McFarlane, coordinator for the Campaign for America’s Libraries (Second Life avatar, Bunny Iwish), will host a talk on the fourth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library. McFarlane will be on hand to discuss the 2009 season, which will focus on the history and diversity of America’s national pastime, and to answer questions on promoting the program.

  • 4 p.m. PT/SLT, Tuesday, April 14 – Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island

Tina Coleman, ALA membership specialist (Second Life avatar, Kay Tairov), will moderate a book discussion of Watchmen. The discussion will focus on the graphic novel and its impact on modern literature and pop culture.

  • 6 p.m. PT/ SLT, Wednesday, April 15 – Main Stage, ALA Island

Joe Sanchez, author of the February 2009 Library Technology Reports and doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin (Second Life avatar, North Lamar), will host a presentation titled Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations. Please join us for this exclusive interactive discussion and presentation of his work. We’ll be discussing virtual worlds and their potential to impact library service and freedom of information, as well as Joe’s work with Library Science students using Second Life. One of the topics discussed will be role-playing in virtual worlds, so we are asking all participants to come dressed as their favorite historical figure!


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.

  • 12 p.m. PT/SLT, FRIDAY, APRIL 17 – Salon Huron, ALA Island–UPDATE; DATE CHANGE

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.

The ALA Island/ALA Main Stage is located at 128, 107, 29.  In Second Life, teleport there directly:

To learn more about Second Life, visit ALA’s Second Life wiki at  For more information on National Library Week, visit the National Library Week Web page at

The Campaign for America’s Libraries ( is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe – use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.

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ALA Island and ALA Connect

ALA Connect

ALA Connect

The American Library Association (ALA) officially launched ALA Connect — this week, which is a virtual, collaborative workspace freely available online, for both ALA members and nonmembers.

As mentioned in the site’s description: “Every active ALA group already has a space in Connect automatically, because we’ve pre-populated it with data from our membership database” — and ALA’s Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group is no exception! Anyone interested in discussing, analyzing, and exploring the topic of libraries in virtual communities is encouraged to sign up with ALA Connectcurrent ALA members can already log in! — and join the Virtual Communities and Libraries Group.

If you wish to talk specifically about the Second Life virtual world — you want to know more about Second Life and what it is, are there really so many libraries and librarians there (yes!), are college professors really conducting classes and assigning projects to their students there (yes!!), is Second Life more fun or educational (yes!!!) — you can sign up with ALA Connect and join the Second Life Users Group.

Consider either (or both!) as your virtual community away from your virtual community…

See you there!

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February 27, 2009 CNBC News Story: Conferences Go Virtual

In her CNBC Media Matters column for February 27, 2009, Julia Boorstin wrote about businesses hosting conferences in virtual worlds, particularly Second Life; the column’s title was Virtual Meetings Get A 2nd Life. Read the column online or click the link below to watch the video version that ran live on the CNBC cable channel.

Conferences Go Virtual — Julia Boorstin, 2-27-2009 Media Matters

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