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ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group & ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries joint mtg Sun 6/26 2pm SLT/PT; simultaneous in New Orleans

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We’re doing a joint Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (MIG) and ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group meeting! Hope you can make it in person or virtually!

Sunday, June 26, 2011:  4:00pm – 5:30pm Central Time; 2:00pm – 3:30pm Second Life Time/Pacific Time (SLT/PT)

Location: InterContinental New Orleans, Vieux Carre A at 444 St. Charles Ave and ALA Island in Second Life

Join with the Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (MIG) and the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Virtual Worlds Interest Group for a discussion about hot topics affecting library service delivery in MMUs (massive multiplayer universes), plus planning for future events.


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June 26 2010 ALA Annual Conference Meetings on ALA Island

From Maxito Ricardo —
The ALA VCL MIG (Virtual Communities and Libraries, Member Initiative Group) will have a program and business meeting this Saturday, June 26th in DC (District of Columbia) and SL (Second Life).  Everyone is welcome to attend and participate.

a.  Washington Convention Center, Room 303
b.  ALA Island in Second Life –

Start Times:
a.  1:30 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
b.  10:30 a.m. SLT (Second Life Time, also Pacific Daylight Time)

Duration:  2.5 hours max.

>>  Tom Boellstorff, author of Coming of Age in Second Life:  An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human, will speak about his studies
>>  Other discussions and presentations too numerous to mention.
>>  Business meeting to follow:  This is a MIG (Member Initiative Group).  Everyone’s ideas and input are welcome!

Another Program of Interest:  The ACRL VW IG (Virtual Worlds Interest Group) will be meeting in CAP South American beginning at 4:00 EDT (1:00 SLT) on Saturday.

More Info:
a.  Tom Peters (real life) ( or 816.616.6746)
b.  Maxito Ricardo (Second Life)


From Snow Scarmon —

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.


ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Virtual Worlds Interest Group ALA 2010 Agenda for Annual Conference on Saturday, June 26 at 4pm ET | ALA Connect

ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group ALA 2010 Agenda

Simultaneous meeting in Washington, DC and in Second Life — June 26, 4:00 pm-5:30 ET (1:00 pm-2:30 SLT)
DC Location: CAP (Capital Hilton), South American Room
Second Life Location: ACRL parcel on ALA Island

The group will discuss Second Life, virtual world projects and issues related to virtual world libraries, library services, and learning.  All are welcome to attend.  Contact group convener Abbey Zenith inworld with any questions.

ALA 2010 Agenda:

Update on programs held in Second Life.

* Review and finalize operation procedures.
* Review roles and tasks.

* Discuss event and program ideas for:

Second Life  – Report from programming committee
ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting
ACRL 2011 Conference
ALA 2011 Annual Conference

Can’t make it to the ALA Dance Party in Washington DC on June 25? Consider the Community Virtual Library’s TX 950 Pool Party on 6/25 at 6pm PT/SLT instead!

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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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2010 ALA Youth Media Awards (Newbery, Caldecott, etc) Webcast Video now available at ALA Island

2010 ALA Youth Media Awards WebCast Video on ALA Island

2010 ALA Youth Media Awards WebCast Video on ALA Island

As announced previously, the 2010 ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast video (1 hour) has landed on ALA Island! Awards announced include the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, the various Coretta Scott King Awards, the Geisel and Printz Awards, Alex Awards, and more! Teleport directly to the Main Stage –

For a full accounting of all of the awards announced so far from the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, see the ALA MemberBlog entries, 2010 Youth Media Award Winners Announced, RUSA Announces Outstanding Reference and Notable Books, and Want More on the Youth Media Awards?

UPDATE added January 20: Our original MOV video file of the 2010 Youth Media Awards Webcast has been replaced with one of a much higher, sharper quality, that DOES NOT have the sound/picture out-of-sync problem. So, as an old Backstreet Boys fan, it almost pains me to say this, but we are now N*S*Y*N*C*! — Or rather, the video has its sound and picture in sync.

Please disregard this note from the original post date of January 18: The conversion from Windows WMV file format to the more SL-friendly QuickTime MOV file accounts for a slight sound/picture sync problem, but the video is made up more of showing the covers of the winning books than of various ALA figures, including President Camila Alire, speaking.

Available “on demand” 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. Click your movie camera icon and enjoy!

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ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast to have video encore on ALA Island

The ALA Island in Second Life will have the archived video of the January 18, 2010 ALA Youth Media Awards Webcast, which will show the newest winners of the Newbery and Caldecott Medals, the Coretta Scott King Awards, the Geisel, the Alex Awards, the new YALSA Nonfiction Award, and more!

Avatar visitors can take advantage of this free in-world video viewing later in the day on the ALA Island at the Main Stage. ALA Island’s Main Stage is located at 128, 107, 29.  In Second Life, teleport there directly —

Once available, the video will be available “on demand,” 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, throughout January.

Contact Valerie Hawkins with any questions.

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Meetings for Second Life Groups at 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Virtual Communities and Libraries Meeting at 2010 ALA Midwinter — Saturday, 1/16, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon EST with simultaneous in-world meeting during this time (7:30 AM SLT – 9:30 AM SLT/PST) on ALA Island OPEN TO ALL

ALA VCL MIG – ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group
Saturday, 1/16, 10:30 am – 12:00 noon – BCEC-Room 206A (Boston Convention and Event Center)

There will be an inworld meeting as well for those who would like to attend on ALA Island at 7:30 AM SLT – 9:30 AM SLT.


Report stating that we will continue as is for another year.
Possible Speaker:  Nick Noakes, lib.twg group
Exploration of other Virtual Worlds
Upcoming event – World’s Fair
Program for ALA DC
Outreach Effort for 2010

If anyone at the RL meeting would like to go out for lunch after this meeting we can do so as a group!

ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group Meeting at 2010 ALA Midwinter — Sunday, 1/17, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST with ACRL in SL Group meeting simultaneously in-world during this time (1 PM – 2:30 PM SLT/PST) on ALA Island

ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA) Virtual Worlds Interest Group will meet at ALA Midwinter Boston on 1/17, Sunday, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM EST at the Westin Copley Place, Essex NE Room.

The ACRL in SL Group will meet in world during this time (1 PM – 2:30 PM SLT) on ALA Island.  We will attempt to join the two meetings via the Internet.

Meeting discussion:

Progress of ACRL in Virtual Worlds: an overview of the history of this group.
Reports from the in-world group on activities since ALA Annual meeting last summer, poster sessions, etc.
Current plans for the in-world group.
Exploration of other virtual worlds for academic librarianship.

If anyone in Boston would like to go out for dinner after this meeting we can do so as a group!

SL: Abbey Zenith
“Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries”

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Virtual Conference During Annual Conference

Note from Tina Coleman @ ALA:

I’m not sure what your final plans are for attending ALA Annual Conference this week, but I wanted to make sure you knew about the Virtual Conference we’re holding next Monday and Tuesday, July 13 and 14.  It is the best option – if you can’t be there in person – for connecting with great programs and other attendees.

We have ten excellent programs presented in real-time over two days in the Virtual Conference.  These programs were selected from offerings at Annual and are among the most interesting and relevant to libraries of all types.  Participating in this online setting allows you to directly interact with presenters from Chicago and other session attendees from around the world.

To review the programs and to reserve your seat for two days of high quality library continuing education, visit the Virtual Conference wiki.    Registration starts at $120 for student members and $215 for ALA Members.

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But wait; there’s more! – 2009 National Library Week Events 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 middle presentation, Schools, Teens and Tweens in Virtual Worlds by Kelly Czarnecki (SL’s BlueWings Hayek), Public Library Of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. HOWEVER, Kelly Czarnecki participated in a similar OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries–and All Library Users) Podcast, along with Tom Peters and Clint Zintgraff, on January 25, 2008, and that discussion can be heard via the OPAL Podcast blog entry, Virtual Worlds for Kids, Tweens, and Teens.

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Midwinter Sunday Programming

Contributed by Oberon Octagon and reposted because he deleted previous version

Kay Tairov and I have been pondering how to encourage interaction with SLibrarians who attened MW with those who couldn’t make it. Last summer we tried to have a briefing time for such at Salon Huron and met with mixed success. I suspect that our timing is not in sync with how attendees spend their precious hours at a conference. Even though it might seem welcome to slip into comfy clothes after a long day walking the exhibits and going to programs and fire up SL … I’ll bet the big bed beckons even more profoundly. Anyway, we do know that SLibrarians not attending do stop by ALA Island to get word of what’s going on. To that effect we put a Twitter Feed Screen up and have invited people to subscribe and share. The Tweet is ala_sl, so please join/follow/subscribe …

 Sunday, we had a good turnout for Foxfish Falta’s presentation of Guide to Reference, the Web version of one of ALA’s premier publications. Foxfish really knew what to highlight in what is a terrific implementation of an interactive Guide to Reference.

We has hoped at the last minute to have a simulcast of the keynote speech from the 70th Anniversary of the ALA Code of Ethics by Rushton Kidder, but there were technical difficulties getting a reliable stream from Denver.

Later in the afternoon, we visited the neighboring Cybrary City sim where the Association for Rural & Small
Libraries has its home. Sonja Morgwain gave a great perspective on how rural libraries can band together via Second Life to provide global service.

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Midwinter: Not Over Yet on ALA Island

Contributed by Oberon Octagon

yma mainstage.jpgFor those who weren’t able to attend the program in Denver or watch the Webcast, ALA Island’s Main Stage had three screens dedicated to viewing the video produced for the ALA Youth Media Awards. The media url for the stage will continue to carry that video for the remainder of the month. Also during the period when the Webcast was going on, our Twitter Feed screen was providing commentary from the YMA Tweet. While we did not have sim-crashing numbers during the Midwinter weekend, I felt that we did prove we can handle a variety of ways of providing programming to folks who cannot attend ALA conferences:

  • The Twitter Feed provides a means to network with people at conferences and give and get news
  • The MIG meeting allowed members in Denver and inworld interact to discuss a variety of topics and listen to speakers present programs
  • The Introduction to the new Web-based Guide to Reference used voice and slides to great effect
  • The YALSA members did an outstanding build for their Tech Playground
  • Island staff found fun ways to attract people to the island via the cross country ski course
  • Daily editions of CogNotes and a variety of Office and unit updates and reports were available frvendors.jpgom vendors along the main stage

We anticpate more video and audio presentations from MW to stream into the island in the weeks to come. We also hope to provide very soon Flickr slideshow capabilities to provide virtual members a taste of what they were missing at a conference. With every event, we have learned and are able to show a stronger ability to facilitate programming for the growing community of virtual members, who are also ALA members.

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