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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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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.

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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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Second Life Orientation Sessions March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th!

(By Tricky Lexington!)

Are you new to Second Life (SL)? Or has it been a while since you last assumed your avatar’s skin?

Consider brushing up on your essential skills by attending an orientation session for ALA’s upcoming virtual worlds and libraries online conference, The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, to be held March 5th through 6th, 2010.

Make sure you can sit and listen during sessions that are important to you. Brush up on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Relearn the basics of maneuvering around in Second Life.

Orientation sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday March 2nd from 5-6 PM SLT/PST;
  • Wednesday, March 3rd from 1-2 PM SLT/PST;
  • Thursday March 4th from 6-7 PM SLT/PST;
  • Friday March 5th from 8-9 AM SLT/PST.

All orientations will take place at Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (205, 56, 61) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/205/56/61

Feel free to contact Valerie Hawkins by e-mail or send an IM to Second Life Avatar ALALibraryVal Miles with any questions.

Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island in Second Life (Feb 2010)

Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island in Second Life (Feb 2010)

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Banned Books Week 2009 on ALA Island in Second Life!

2009 Banned Books Week began Saturday, September 26, and ends Saturday, October 3!

Tuesday, September 29th

Banned Books Week and the Children’s Librarian at 5:00 pm Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Main Stage, ALA Island (130, 103, 31) — A group discussion about issues related to selection policies, intellectual freedom, and handling challenges as they pertain to children’s services. From AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education).

 

Thursday, October 1st

Let FREADOM Ring: Celebrate BBW in SL 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island  (203, 55, 61) — Produced by the AVL LIS Student Union in SL by MLIS students from the University of Hawaii and San Jose State University, hosted by the American Library Association.

SPECIAL GUEST  “Silencing Books: The Suppression of Ideas and FREADOM”
Dr. Rebecca Knuth, Professor of Library and Information Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa, recipient of the Sarah Vann Intellectual Freedom Award, and author of Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. In addition, there will be a hunt, music, dancing, a photo contest and other activities. Attend in costume representing a banned/challenged book or author if you like; but this is not required. Free costumes available on site. Have your photo taken and win prizes for best costume 1000L for 1st, 500L for 2nd, and 250L for 3rd.

 

Friday, October 2nd

San Jose State University Read-A-Thon and Costume Party: A Walk Where the Wild Books Are at 6:30 pm PT/SLT at SJSU SLIS Island (124, 110, 33) FYI: SJSU (San Jose State University) SLIS (School of Library & Information Science)

SCHEDULE
6:30-6:35 — Welcomes and introduction
6:35-6:45 — Susie Schridde BBW PowerPoint (Brief background on BB and read the constitution)
6:45 to 7:15 — Read-a-thon  “A walk where the “wild” books are”
6:45-6:50 — Silhshoot Seelowe – Wild Things
6:50-7:00 — Ananta Tomorrow – Fellowship of the Ring
7:00-7:05 — Banned Book or not! Game
6:55-7:00 — Clicquot Oh –  Catcher and the Rye
7:00-7:05 — Susie Schridde – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
7:05-7:15 — Hangman game or Guess the BB title
7:15-7:30 —  Discussion of banned books
8:00 — Dance  Contest, best in banned book character
9:00 — Contest vote and random drawing for $25 Amazon gift card
9:30 — Conclusion (Fireworks)

* Schedule subject to change.

-ONGOING EXHIBITS-

See the San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit on the Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29).  Display created by Silhshoot Seelowe.
See the San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit on the Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29). Display created by Silhshoot Seelowe.

San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit (pictured at left) – Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29).

Banned Books Week Exhibit of AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education) at the AASL Area, ALA Island (30, 137, 59).

Videos at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46) from the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association in celebration of Banned Books Week! Six videos: 2009 Banned Books Week PSA starring the Crash Pad puppets Chad, Rustle, and Mooch; 2008 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report; Stephen Chbosky’s Why Not to Ban Books from the 2008 Read-Out; 2008 Banned Books Week PSA video, I’d Like to Find *BLEEP*; 2007 Read-Out Promo with authors; 2007 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report.

Video at Salon Huron, ALA Island (186, 202, 28) of complete walkthrough of Fahrenheit 451 Commodore 64 videogame from 1984 via the Internet Archive.

AND 2009 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report at AL Focus Video Village, ALA Island (79, 44, 44).

Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) Presents: First Acts and Chapters of Banned Books, courtesy of LibriVox via Internet Archive:

Saturday, Sept 26
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure – John Cleland (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – page 38, No. 271
Banned in Massachusetts in 1821 in the first known U.S. obscenity case.

Sunday, Sept 27
A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 84, No. 764

Monday, Sept 28
Moby Dick, or the Whale – Herman Melville (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 114, No. 1102

Tuesday, Sept 29
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 166-168, No. 1609

Wednesday, Sept 30
Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 149, No. 1435

Thursday, Oct 1
Dracula – Bram Stoker (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 161, No. 1551

Friday, Oct 2
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll – Lewis Carroll (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 35, No. 234

Saturday, Oct 3
Ulysses – James Joyce (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 87, No. 805
Burned in the USA in 1918.

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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 – http://www.ala.org/annual

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, http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/crlnews/2009/jun/jol.cfm
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.

Biran

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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Judith Krug Video in Banned Books Week Town Square

Judy Krug Video in Banned Books Week Town Square

Judith Krug Video in Banned Books Week Town Square

Right in the middle of Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (197, 53, 61), you can watch Judith Krug’s appearances on the “Open Mind” PBS TV show, courtesy of the Internet Archive. See http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=Judith%20Krug

The episode pictured above is from 2004, and is available to view in-world in Second Life now. In the coming weeks, we’ll feature Ms. Krug’s appearances in 2000 (which is mislabeled as 2007 by the Internet Archive) and 1981.

Instructions for watching the video in Second Life:
Make sure that in your Preferences menu, on the Audio & Video tab, that you have the box next to “Play Streaming Media When Available” checked off. To start the video playing, click the arrow key beside the movie camera icon on the bottom right of your screen.

Send any questions to Valerie Hawkins of the ALA Library (known as the avatar ALALibraryVal Miles in Second Life) at vhawkins@ala.org

RSVP at the Judith Krug Video Facebook Event Page.

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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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