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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

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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

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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

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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

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1305587@N24

or

http://www.flickr.com/groups/alasl

Description:

Snapshots of the American Library Association (ALA) in the Second Life virtual world, including pictures taken on ALA Island — http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/communicate/alaislandinsecondlife/index.cfm — 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!

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


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Current Halloween ALA Island Programs, other Second Life Event Info

For the most up-to-date information on what’s at ALA Island in Second Life, become a Fan of the ALA Island — http://www.facebook.com/ALAIsland

Or follow the ALA Island Twitter feed — http://twitter.com/ala_island

On ALA Connect: Virtual Communities and Libraries, Second Life Users Group, and Virtual Worlds Interest Group (ACRL – Association of College and Research Libraries)

See the ALA Island Google Calendar

Recent programming notes —

Member Lounge on ALA Island (79, 89, 29): Oct 2009 Games in Libraries Podcast by Scott Nicholson: National Gaming Day 2009 http://ow.ly/xc6r

Now playing at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46): Frankenstein, 1910 film version. More info at http://ow.ly/wEHu

This week at Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21): Graveyard Mansion episode of Witch’s Tale radio. More info at http://ow.ly/wEEE

FYI —

SJSU SLIS Second Life 3rd Annual Halloween Party on 10/30 at 5:30 pm PT/SLT on SJSU SLIS Island http://bit.ly/15FIL3

Second Life Blogs: Commerce Forums: Halloween Spotlight Offers Virtual Tricks and Treats http://bit.ly/3h9GTf

RT http://twitpic.com/mwid5 – Second Life College Fair exhibit booths will be open til Nov 15! #SLCF09 International Schools 2 (109, 72, 24)

See the Library, Museum, Lectures, Discussions, Music, and Art Gallery Events in the Second Life(R) Online Virtual World Google Calendar

Second Life Librarians on Ning – http://sllibrarians.ning.com

Customized RSS Feeds – Librarian Events in Second Life, Second Life Fashion, Second Life Places to Go, Music and Parties in Second Life

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Author Carleen Brice appearing at Story Mountain in Second Life TODAY, 7/26, at 3:30 pm PT/SLT

Looking to see if bestselling author Connie Briscoe/Second Life’s Zillow Dejavu would be visiting Second Life again anytime soon, as I missed the June 28 meeting of her Second Salon Book Club in Second Life, which featured Briscoe speaking with Kimberla Lawson Roby, I found out that Briscoe will be in Second Life TODAY, Sunday, July 26, hosting an interview and Q&A session with author Carleen Brice, the winner of the 2009 Black Caucus of the American Library Association First Novelist Award, at the Story Mountain Lodge on Athena Isle at 3:30 p.m. Second Life Time/Pacific Time. As noted on the Story Mountain Center fore Writers blog entry announcing this appearance, Chat With Bestselling Author Carleen Brice in Second Life July 26: All Second Life residents are warmly invited to attend this free event at Story Mountain. Teleport directly to Story Mountain, located on Athena Isle, by clicking this link to the SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Athena%20Isle/203/105/23/?title=Story%20Mountain%20Center%20for%20Writers.

As mentioned in the January 25, 2009 press release, BCALA announces the 2009 Literary Award Winners:

The recipient of the First Novelist Award is Carleen Brice for Orange Mint and Honey (One World/Ballentine). Shay Dixon, a broke and burned out graduate student, is forced to return home to live with her alcoholic mother who had abandoned her as a child. Her mother is now clean and sober and has another young daughter. Shay is forced to deal with her feelings for her mother and new sister. She needs to try to forgive her mother while healing herself in this honest and bittersweet journey to self-discovery.Carleen Brice, an editor and author of non-fiction books, lives in Denver.

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Library Buzz on Info Island Tonight at 5 pm PT/SLT: Kay Tairov and Oberon Octagon!

Library Buzz on Info Island – Discussion with ALA: Oberon Octagon, Kay Tairov Live in Second Life Tonight at 5 pm PT/SLT – RSVP at the Facebook Event Page at http://ow.ly/eFcH

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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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ALALibraryVal Miles at the Second Life Education Roundtable (SLER), February 24 2009

Hi, ALALibraryVal Miles here. I recently joined the Second Life Education Roundtable (SLER), both in-world and on Facebook, and so far I’ve been to two of their weekly Tuesday meetings. As you know, last Tuesday, February 17, the speaker was ALA VCL MIG member Lorelei Junot, presenting Libraries & Library Services in Second Life. This past Tuesday, February 24, was an Open Forum discussion, but the overall topic seemed to be about encouraging others — colleagues, faculty, students — to try Second Life and see its potential as a powerful, unique educational tool.

ALALibraryVal Miles at the February 25, 2009 SLER Meeting.

ALALibraryVal Miles at the February 25, 2009 SLER Meeting.

As with the early days of the Internet, the medium is the message, but it doesn’t help that because Second Life looks like a video game, it’s assumed to be nothing more than a video game (and then there are those in Nebraska who think librarians shouldn’t be playing video games either, but I digress). Second Life allows for synchronous communication with colleagues across thousands of miles — just this meeting drew facilitator AJ Brooks in New Jersey, myself in Chicago, tech consultant (and photographer) Olivia Hotshot at CSU Chico, and senior administrator Geoff Lumley at the University of Leeds, UK, among others — which afforded us the opportunity to give voice to, yes, our common challenges and frustrations, but also to our individual activities, goals, and achievements. There are university-level classes, projects, and library services going on continuously in Second Life, exploring librarianship, architecture, religion, writing, and even accounting.

If it is indeed mastery over information technology that will determine power and position in the future, the Second Life virtual world and its clever, colorful and imaginative avatars provide a living, breathing exhibit of an innovation economy every day.

The transcript to the entire discussion is available to read online at Second Life Education Roundtable Feb. 24 2009.

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ALA VCL MIG Member Appearances — Video, Transcript

A transcript from the February 17, 2009 Second Life Education Roundtable discussion featuring ALA VCL MIG member Lorelei Junot can be found at:

Transcript of Feb. 17, 2009 Second Life Roundtable Discussion.
Topic: Libraries & Library Services in SL (special guest: Lorelei Junot)
http://homepage.mac.com/jessid/slroundtable/090217.html

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Freely available online is a streaming video of the event with ALA VCL MIG members Elaine Tulip and Abbey Zenith along with Joyce Story — known in real life as Lisa Perez, Rhonda Trueman, and Joyce Valenza, respectively — from SLCN.tv:

Beyond the Dewey Decimal System: Librarians Leveraging Social Media to Build Professional Learning Communities
http://slcn.tv/node/2693

ISTE Eduverse Talks Broadcast – February 17, 2009

ISTE = International Society for Technology in Education

ISTE Eduverse Talks is a production of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and SLCN.tv. Filmed and broadcast from Second Life, the series highlights innovations in educational technology, in both real life and Second Life.

ISTE takes a look at how librarians are using social media and other tools like Second Life in their daily work. Host Kevin Jarrett talks with Area Library Coordinator, Chicago Public Schools Lisa Perez (Elaine Tulip in SL), Librarian, Springfield Township High School (PA) Joyce Valenza (Joyce Story in SL) and Rhonda Trueman (Abbey Zenith in SL).

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