Archive for Announcements

ALA Island will be closing 1/1/2012

From 12/29/2011: Second Life – Group notice: ALA Island will be closing 1/1/2012

Group Notice From: ALA SL-Events, Kay Tairov

Hello, All.

I wanted to let you know that ALA Island will be closing come the new year. ALA will still maintain a presence in SL, just on a smaller scale. Please send me an IM if you have questions.

Thank you,

Kay

Comments (4)

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

Event originally posted in Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=161921163872177

Also now posted by ALA Island in Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205007739534780

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.

 

Leave a Comment

Thank You from John Chrastka, Director for Membership Development of the American Library Association

Reiterating my response to an ALA member: Thank you – all – for writing me about ALA in Second Life.  We remain committed to an ALA presence in SL through the ALA Island and will be renewing for 2011.  We consider the Island to be the ‘home’ for our Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (VCL MIG) and the whole of Second Life to be a laboratory for exploring new modes of service delivery.   We are responsive to members’ interests and hope to continue to learn about ways to interact as an Association, inworld.  Thank you for being a part of it!

Leave a Comment

Exhibits currently available in Second Life in celebration of Banned Books Week 2010


Community Virtual Library’s Banned Book Week Banned Book Poster Display

Contact:  Rocky Vallejo

Learn more about banned and challenged books through an informative exhibit of poster entries.

Displays will be displayed on Info Island through October 9th.

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/64/105/33

Banned Books Interactive Display

This interactive display, designed by Clicquot Oh, explains the reasons why some books have been challenged. On display at the I Love Libraries lounge on ALA Island through October 2nd.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/189/99/29

FREE! Banned Books Week Robot and Robot Tiny Avatar

This year’s Banned Books Week mascot is an adorable robot and he’s available as a freebie either as a stand-alone interactive display or as a tiny avatar to wear. Both are available from vendors at the ALA Island Main Stage. (Built and scripted by Sept Doigts)

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/125/103/29

Leave a Comment

2010 Banned Books Week in Second Life Schedule

Sunday, September 26th

4pm – 6pm SLT

Opening Concert featuring Trowzer Boa – Jazz Sax & the Robot Band
ALA Island Main Stage

Banned Books Week kicks off with SL Saxophonist Trowzer Boa.  Known as Dave Renz (http://www.daverenz.com/) in real life, he has been playing professionally since the 1990’s.  Backed up by an interesting array of robot buddies you will find this performance innovative and exciting.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/125/103/29

Monday, September 27th

4pm – 5pm SLT

Book Challenges Panel Discussion (presented by the Community Virtual Library)
Info Island Amphitheater in Second Life

Three Kansas librarians will share their experiences with book challenges within their libraries or in an advisory role at a state library agency level.  Emily Baker (Olathe Public Library), Gina Millsap (Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library) and Jo Budler (State Library of Kansas) will share actions their libraries have taken in developing policies, procedures and responses to complaints and challenges against library material.  Time will be given for questions and further discussion with the audience.

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/95/114/33

5:30pm – 7:00 pm SLT

Banned Books ”You Can’t Ban Imagination” Party
Info Island

Celebrate your right to read freely at this party with a theme pulled from science-fiction and fantasy based literature.
SLURL:
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/95/114/33

Tuesday, September 28th

6pm – 7pm SLT

Book Discussion Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (presented by Community Virtual Library)
Info Island

HollyJean Allen leads a lively discussion about Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. Renown and also censored for its frank portrayal of racial inequality and rape, this American classic celebrates its 40th year this year.

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/95/114/33

Wednesday, September 29th

6pm – 7pm SLT

Book Discussion: Ernest Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

Clicquot Oh leads a discussion group about Hemingway’s short story Hills Like White Elephants which was challenged in 2009 in Litchfield, N.H. Campbell High School when it was pulled from elective course classroom after parents voiced their concerns about a short-stories unit called “Love/Gender/Family Unit” that dealt with subject matters including abortion, cannibalism, homosexuality, and drug use. The parents said the stories promoted bad behavior and a “political agenda” and they shouldn’t be incorporated into classroom teachings.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/202/46/61

Thursday, September 30th

Noon – 2pm SLT

Banned Books Week Trivia Game Show
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

In the style of “Jeopardy” our host Bryan Anderton will lead three lucky contestants through three rounds of banned book related trivia. As they play our contestants will gain (and lose) points. Once Final Jeopardy Round is played the contestant with the most points is declared the winner. And while winning itself is, of course, a huge honor, that’s not all that’s at stake! First prize takes home 500 L$ as well as those prestigious bragging rights. Not to worry, our runners up will be rewarded as well, as thanks for playing.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/202/46/61

Friday, October 1st

1pm – 4pm SLT

Banned Books Week Machinima Screening
ALA Island Main Stage

ALA and the Office for Intellectual Freedom put out the call for submissions for our first ever Machinima Contest (http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/?p=1366 ). We’ll be screening all of the entries and allowing the audience to cast their votes. After the jury discusses, winners will be announced. First prize is 10,000Ls.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/125/103/29

Saturday, October 2nd

9am – 10am SLT

Book Discussion: Aldous Huxley’s  Brave New World
ALA Island Banned Books Town Square

Clicquot Oh leads a discussion group about Huxley’s dystopian classic Brave New World which was challenged in 2000 in a Foley, AL High School Library because a parent complained that its characters showed contempt for religion, marriage, and family.  The book was also challenged, but retained in the South Texas Independent School District in Mercedes, TX in 2003 when parents objected to the adult themes – sexuality, drugs, suicide – that appeared in the novel.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/202/46/61

1pm – 3pm SLT

Banned Books Week 2010 Virtual Read Out
ALA Island Main Stage

Excerpts from banned and challenged books will be read aloud using voice chat. Participating readers will also discuss the titles they’ve selected.
SLURL:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/125/103/29

4pm – 6pm SLT

Banned Books Week Closing Concert featuring Jewels Osterham
ALA Island Main Stage

Jewels has had a passion for music all of her life.  As a teenager, Jewels had vocal and piano training.  She is a huge fan of smooth jazz and pop music along with standards, blues and R&B.  A romantic at heart, Jewels favors love songs and ballads.  She has her own style and flair and enjoys the beautiful nightclubs of SL.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/125/103/29

Available All Week Long

Community Virtual Library’s  Banned Book Week Banned Book Poster Display

Contact:  Rocky Vallejo

Learn more about banned and challenged books through an informative exhibit of poster entries.

Displays will be displayed on Info Island through October 9th.

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/64/105/33

Banned Books Interactive Display

This interactive display, designed by Clicquot Oh, explains the reasons why some books have been challenged. On display at the I Love Libraries lounge on ALA Island through October 2nd.

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/189/99/29

FREE! Banned Books Week Robot and Robot Tiny Avatar

This year’s Banned Books Week mascot is an adorable robot and he’s available as a freebie either as a stand-alone interactive display or as a tiny avatar to wear. Both are available from vendors at the ALA Island Main Stage. (Built and scripted by Sept Doigts)

SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/125/103/29

Tidewater Community College
Tidewater Community College is celebrating Banned Book Week 2010 with a Second Life exhibit on the set of their latest video triumph “Banned Book Week at Rosie’s House,” starring Pat Swordthain as the Book Policeman and Gardenia Mills as Rosie and the Dragon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nltgIBfX19c
Come to TCC Island, watch the video, and tour the set.
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/TCC%20Island/177/81/24

Stepanovych’s 1st Amendment / Banned Books Awareness Project
Kick off September 25th 2010 in conjunction with the American Library Association Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Loosely modeled after a scene from George Orwell’s 1984 and drawing from the words of Orwell and Bradbury regarding censorship. This instillation features a video of 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century that have been the target of ban attempts. The scene is a representation of a world where censorship has “cleansed” society… dreary, dull, used, and without “life”
SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/127/103/29

Comments (1)

Community Virtual Library Banned Books Week 2010 Essay Contest – Deadline Sept 24/Winners announced Oct 1

Banned Books Week 2010 Essay Contest

Presented in Second Life by Community Virtual Library

Deadline September 24 – Winners announced October 1

Drop entry notecards to the inventory of Algar Seelowe or mail to: sixsunflowers@gmail.com

You are the director of a public library serving a suburban, middle class/blue collar community of 50,000.  Your community is diverse and and use of library services is high.

A group of concerned citizens has challenged a book in your collection and is pushing hard for its removal.  Your library board is supportive of you but concerned.  Most have businesses/firms which depend on community support to survive in these difficult economic times.  They’ve asked you to speak to them about why the library and they should risk the ire of citizens who want this book removed from your collection.  After all, “it’s just one book.  What’s the problem in removing it?”

You will need to convince your library board in your speech to them to keep this book in your collection, and in doing so instill in them an understanding of open access and the importance of a library collection that is diverse as well as challenging in providing ideas and situations that are not part of their “norm.” These are not librarians.  They are your neighbors and the governing body of your library… library users who want to know what is so important about “just one book.”

LIMITS:

–Your speech should be at least 250 words long.

–You’re limited to books in the American Library Association’s list of most frequently challenged books, 2007-2009:
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged/2009/index.cfm
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged/2008/index.cfm
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/frequentlychallenged/21stcenturychallenged/2007/index.cfm


–Your entry speech should be dropped in Algar Seelowe’s inventory inworld in on a notecard with a title, “BBW Speech” by September 24   (or email it to
sixsunflowers@gmail.com with a subject line, “BBW Speech).

–Your Speech should be in English.

–You are giving your speech to your library board.  Keep in mind that this is a public library and that your board consists of nonlibrary folks

Leave a Comment

Banned Books Week 2010 Trivia Game Show on ALA Island in Second Life on Thursday, September 30th @ 12pm – 2pm PT/SLT

Banned Books Week 2010 Trivia Game Show on ALA Island in Second Life

Thursday September 30th @ 12pm – 2pm SLT

SEEKING CONTESTANTS

Do you like books? Do you know everything there is to know about the likes of Harry Potter and Holden Caulfield? Then you just may be the perfect candidate to match wits at our Banned Books Trivia Game. ALA Island is looking for contestants for our very first Banned Books Week Trivia Game Show (At Banned Books Week Town Square, <http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/202/46/61>)!

In the style of Jeopardy our host Bryan Anderton will lead three lucky contestants through three rounds of banned book related trivia. As they play our contestants will gain (and lose) points. Once Final Jeopardy is played the contestant with the most points is declared the winner.

And while winning itself is, of course, a huge honor, that’s not all that’s at stake! First prize takes home 500 L$ as well as those prestigious bragging rights. Not to worry, our runners up will be rewarded as well, as thanks for playing.

If you’d like to sign up to be a contestant IM ALA Island manager Kay Tairov in SL by September 21st.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is the American Library Association’s annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.  Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.

Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.

The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American Publishers; and the National Association of College Stores.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Leave a Comment

Free 2010 Banned Books Week Robot at ALA Island in Second Life!/L$10,000 Linden Banned Books Week Machinima Contest

Come to ALA Island (128, 107, 29) — http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/128/107/29/ — and get a FREE 2010 Banned Books Week Robot! It’s part of the fun for the upcoming Banned Books Week in Second Life, which includes a special 2010 BBW (Banned Books Week) Machinima Contest with FIRST PRIZE OF L$10,000. That’s right, I said 10,000 Linden Dollars!

Picture of the free Banned Books Week 2010 Robot on ALA Island in Second Life

Free Banned Books Week 2010 Robot on ALA Island in Second Life

Find out more details, including the theme and other rules and specifications and that you can have an unlimited number of entries at:

Banned Books Week in Second Life
2010 BBW Machinima Contest
http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/events/bbwsecondlife/bbwsecondlife.cfm

As part of the celebration of Banned Books Week in Second Life, we’re inviting everyone to take part in our Banned Books Week in Second Life Machinima Contest. The theme for this year’s banned Books Week is “Think for yourself and let others do the same” and this should inspire the theme of your machinima entry.

Prizes:
1st Prize – 10,000 Lindens; BBW 2010 T-shirt; winning video featured on OIF Blog and in AL Direct

2 Runners Up – BBW 2010 T-shirt; winning video featured on OIF Blog

Deadlines:
Submissions will be accepted between August 22, 2010 and September 25, 2010, participants can enter as many videos as they’d like.

Find out more about Banned Books Week, September 25-October 2 2010, at http://www.ala.org/bbooks

Comments (1)

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.

Locations:
a.  Washington Convention Center, Room 303
b.  ALA Island in Second Life – http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/118/102/29/

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.

Program:
>>  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) (tpeters@tapinformation.com or 816.616.6746)
b.  Maxito Ricardo (Second Life)

Thanks!

From Snow Scarmon —
http://www.rezlibris.com/events/185-ala-vcl-meeting-at-the-ala-annual-conference

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
http://connect.ala.org/node/105031

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!

Leave a Comment

Happy Free Comic Book Day 2010!

Can’t get to a comic book store or your local library? Come to ALA Island in Second Life and celebrate the spirit by watching the 1941 Fleischer Superman animated short at the Galen Noltenius Sky Platform and/or by listening to an episode of the Archie Andrews radio show in Story Hour Garden. Both presentations are courtesy of the Internet Archive.

Superman (1941), Fleischer Studios – Video at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46). HAPPY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! In celebration, see the animated ten-minute short, Superman (1941), which was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer — and voiced by the actors doing the syndicated radio show at the time. Find out more via IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034247. Also see the Superman Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman#In_other_media. Runtime: 10:20. Courtesy of the Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/superman_1941

Archie Andrews radio show – New TV Set episode – at Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21). HAPPY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! In celebration, hear the “New TV Set” episode of the Archie Andrews radio show, adapted from the long-running Archie Andrews comic books series and characters. See the Archie Andrews Wikiepedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Andrews_%28comics%29#Archie_on_radio. Runtime: 29:13. Courtesy of the Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/ArchieAndrewsOTR

Leave a Comment