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Midwinter on ALA Island

Contributed by Oberon Octagon

Right now, I’m writing this while my avatar is dancing, pretty much alone, at the opening of the Privacy Revolution celebration at the Banned Books Week parcel of ALA Island. We are embarking on our most ambitious series of events yet, attempting to provide members who can’t get to Denver but who have Second Life accounts, to visit the island. There’s a press release available detailing almost all that we’re trying to do.

One strong part of the coverage is a Tweet (Twitter feed) that you can subscribe to by going to Twitter and looking up ala_sl and subscribing. The feed combines with Youth Media Awards and The ALA MW tweets (and maybe any others that are suggested along the way) to provide a way to report what’s happening on the island as well as at Denver. We have a screen at the Members Initiative Group area that displays all the twittering. I want to set up two more of these screens, but unlike a lot of other media screens available in SL, this one doesn’t play nicely with group-owned parcels.  (In attempting to set it up, I once again sent part of the build back to the original builders, so the MIG Center looks a bit austere right now…) At the same area, this blog is being displayed on a more group-owned-parcel-friendly gadget. Be sure to click on video to see these toys do their thing!

With the setting for MW in Denver and because the island is tinged with snow, I put together a cross-country ski trail and placed monoliths of the various book award medals and seals that will be announced over the weekend. We will have a feed of the Youth Media Awards soon after the live Webcast on Monday.

Kay Tairov has been publishing like mad providing a Thincbook publication, vendors for AL direct and Student AL Direct, CogNotes, and Linden knows what else. ALALibraryVal Miles is doing her usual thakless task of posting notices, calendars, and scouting press releases and other events, and will likely post here as well. I intend to blog and Twitter about our efforts, so please feel free to converse in whichever medium you feel most comfortable or IM me inworld at Oberon Octagon.

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Happy New Year

You should be able to read this blog on ALA Island now. I’ve set up an RSS Screen that converts the feed to Quicktime and displays our blog pages on a screen in the Communications center, where we have the Members Iniative Group information located. I’ve also set up a Twitter Feed screen that will be handling a number of feeds related to Midwinter Activities. If you know of a feed I should subscribe to, let me know. Both screen require that you either have video feeds automatically turn on when you are in range of the screen or need to turn the video button in the lower right part of the SL viewer on.

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