Archive for October, 2008

Dracula on ALA Island! (And so much more)

In honor of Halloween on Friday, October 31, the Mercury Theater on the Air radio production of “Dracula” plays at the Sky Book Platform, which stars drama legend Orson Welles. Set your World/Environment Settings to Midnight for extra creepiness! (1 hr)
ALA Island (129, 156, 69) – Sky Book Platform

We have that classic (!) 1947 Vocational Guidance Films title, “The Librarian,” playing on the large screen at the Galen Noltenius Sky Platform. (10 min)
ALA Island (206, 100, 46) – Galen Noltenius Sky Platform

The StoryLines Midwest episode featuring “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold continues at Story Hour Garden.
ALA Island (25, 101, 21) – Story Hour Garden

ALA’s member magazine, “American Libraries (AL),” has been producing video segments for over a year now under the banner “ALFocus.” All of them, with the newest first available, can be viewed in-world at the ALFocus Video Village up in the mountains of ALA Island. Just click the screen to get the menu of choices.

ALA Island (79, 44, 44) – ALFocus Video Village

Two Newest  —
* Gaming at Oak Park (IL) Public Library
* LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) National Forum 2008: Technology and Community

Did you get to see everything that our Banned Books Week 2008 Town Square had to offer? Literary references abound on the many buildings and cars! Snap a picture in front of Gulliver’s Travel Agency. Pose as Romeo & Juliet on the ladder outside Dr. Frankenstein’s Apothecary. Stand on a soapbox in front of the Court House. And see if the Banned Books Trivia Cage right in front of the Public Library traps you…!
ALA Island (121, 98, 29) – Banned Books Week 2008 Town Square

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Table Talk on National Gaming Day led by Sonja Morgwain

Is your library participating in the ALA National Gaming Day on Saturday, November 15, 2008?
http://delicious.com/alalibrary/alagamingday08

This week’s Salon Huron on ALA Island on Thursday, October 30, at 3:30 pm Second Life Time/Pacific Time will be led by Sonja Morgwain. The discussion topic is National Gaming Day – share ideas, what your library is doing, etc. The discussion will last approximately one hour and everyone is invited!

If you’d like, RSVP at:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=32648623310

If you have other ideas/topics for discussion, please send an IM to Lorelei Junot. These will take place each Thursday as part of the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (ALA VCL MIG).

Thanks Lorelei Junot for the event description! Also see–
http://infoisland.org/2008/10/28/ala-salon-huron-national-gaming-day-discussion

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ALA SLymposium on virtual worlds and libraries on November 8, 2008 on ALA Island

The American Library Association Virtual Communities and Libraries Membership Initiative Group (ALA VCL MIG) is pleased to announce its first ALA SLymposium to be held in the virtual world of Second Life on ALA island on Saturday November 8. There is no charge for the event.

The fall SLymposium will offer a look at what all types of library-related organizations are doing in Second Life. A companion symposium for spring will explore what all types of library-related organizations are doing in other virtual environments.

The keynote speaker for the SLymposium is Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Services, and author of the recently released Libraries and Virtual Worlds, an ALA TechSource publication. Peters is also one of the conveners of the VCL MIG.

Other speakers include Sonja Morgan-Plummer, Tina Coleman from ALA, Carrie Pennell from Harvard University, FT Takacs from University of South Carolina, Carol Perryman from University of North Carolina SLIS, Kelly Czarnecki from Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, and Sue Bergren, a graduate student from the University of Illinois.

To register for this event, go to http://tinyurl.com/5eypww

For more information on the event, please contact Tom Peters at tapinformation(at)yahoo.com, Lori Bell at lbell927(at)gmail.com, or Sonja Morgan at sonjamorgwain(at)yahoo.com

November 8, 2008 ALA SLymposium on ALA Island (130, 103, 31)

Event Schedule

8:00 A.M. – Welcome and Keynote
Tom Peters, author, ALA TechSource Library Technology Report on Librarianship in Virtual Worlds

8:30 A.M. – Public and Rural Libraries in Second Life
Sonja Morgan. Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library

9:00 A.M. – Library Associations in Second Life
Tina Coleman, ALA

9:30 A.M. – Academic Libraries in Second Life
Carrie Pennell, Harvard University
FT Takacs, University of South Carolina

10:00 – 11:00 A.M. – Break

11:00 A.M. – Special Libraries in Second Life
Carol Perryman, Coordinator of Health Infoisland

11:30 A.M. – Schools, Teens and Tweens in virtual worlds
Kelly Czarnecki, Public Library Of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County

12:00 P. M. – Graduate library students in Second Life – Sue Bergren

12:30 P.M. – Social

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Congratulations to Bookie Balogh! Visit Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21)

The Name-the-Garden Contest that took place during Banned Books Week was won by Second Life avatar, Bookie Balogh, who contributed the name Story Hour Garden!

ALALibraryVal Miles at the newly-named Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) in Second Life.

ALALibraryVal Miles at the newly-named Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) in Second Life.

We thank Bookie for the name, all the more so appropriate as it is the place of our book and other literary audio features, including StoryLines America (which are usually an hour long!).

Bookie had the choice of an ALA READ poster, and chose our poster featuring actor Sendhil Ramamurthy, who currently portrays Dr. Mohinder Suresh on the NBC television program “Heroes” —

Heroic Reader—Sendhil Ramamurthy

Heroic Reader—Sendhil Ramamurthy

Currently, the Story Hour Garden features the StoryLines Midwest radio show episode discussing A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. According to Wikipedia:

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_County_Almanac

A Sand County Almanac is a 1949 non-fiction book written by American ecologist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Describing the land around Leopold’s home in Sauk County, Wisconsin and his thoughts on developing a “land ethic,” it was edited and published by his son, Luna, a year after Leopold’s death from a heart attack. The collection of essays is considered to be a landmark book in the American conservation movement.

The book has had over two million copies printed and has been translated into nine languages.[1]

For details about the book and its author, read the A Sand County Almanac Discussion Guide (PDF) by David Long, StoryLines Midwest Literature Consultant, who explains:

In 1935, Aldo Leopold and his wife Estella bought a played-out, 120-acre farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin, 40 miles north of Madison, where Leopold was the one-man department of wildlife management at the University of Wisconsin. The Leopolds made the chicken coop into living quarters (thereafter known as “the shack”) and, along with their five children, used the farm as a weekend getaway. It lay “in the backwash of the River Progress,” Leopold happily declared.

He planted thousands of pines in the sandy glacial soil, hunted grouse, canoed, and meticulously recorded the details of the changing seasons. These observations and his thoughts on conservation would grow into the book for which he is remembered and revered, A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949, shortly after his death. . . .

Although it was critically well received, sales for A Sand County Almanac remained modest until it was rediscovered by the burgeoning environmental movement of the 1960s, which took to it zealously. Soon it was being taught on campuses across the country, using an expanded edition edited by Leopold’s son Luna. By the late 1980s the book had gone through over 40 printings, and was considered, along with Walden and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, one of the main intellectual underpinnings of environmentalism in America.

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ALA Salon Huron event 10/23 at 3:30 pm PT/SLT – the library round table discussion series on on ALA Island (196, 206, 29)

On Thursday, October 23rd, at 3:30 p.m. Second Life Time/Pacific Time at comfy Salon Huron on ALA Island (196, 206, 29), ALA Island Manager Oberon Octagon will talk about ALA Island and what it can do for you! All are welcome to attend!

Salon Huron can also be reached via the teleporter on the Main Stage of ALA Island (129, 105, 29). Guide your avatar onto the circle. Right-click on the circle to get the pull-down menu of choices, and click for the *Next Page* to get Salon Huron as a choice, and click the Salon Huron Button. Then left-click in the circle and click the Teleport option in the pie chart that pops up, and — swoosh! — there you’ll be at Salon Huron!

This gathering is an event of the ALA Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group (ALA VCL MIG). Feel free to ask questions about the group. All current ALA members are especially encouraged to join ALA VCL MIG and add their voices to the story of the American Library Association in Second Life.

Member Initiative Groups are defined in the ALA Handbook as “formed when a group of ALA members identifies a common concern for some aspect of librarianship and wishes to establish a short-term mechanism to meet about or to address that concern.

If you’d like, you can RSVP at the Facebook Event Page —
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=41053039427

Rules of Engagement on ALA Island

Rules of Engagement on ALA Island

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ACRL in SL Event – Meet Abbey Zenith and hear about the book “Virtual Worlds Real Libraries” at 6:00 pm PT/SLT at ALA Island (54, 192, 29)

The forthcoming publication, Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries: Librarians and Educators in Second Life and Other Multi-User Virtual Environments, was edited by Lori Bell and Rhonda B. Trueman, known in Second Life, respectively, as avatars Lorelei Junot and Abbey Zenith.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Lorelei Junot will not be appearing, but Abbey Zenith will be speaking about the book on ALA Island (54, 192, 29) at 6:00 pm Second Life Time/Pacific Time.

If you’d like, feel free to RSVP at Facebook, at:

http://www.new.facebook.com/event.php?eid=31226053469

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ALA Salon Huron event at 3:30 pm PT/SLT – the library round table discussion series on on ALA Island (196, 206, 29)

On Thursday, October 16th, at 3:30 p.m. Second Life Time/Pacific Time on ALA Island (196, 206, 29), we will have one of our informal Salon Huron events. Feel free to gather with colleagues to discuss topics of the day. Maxito Ricardo will get the conversation rolling with a brief look at the ALA VCL MIG/Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group itself — who we are and what we do, and what we hope to accomplish.

If you need a TP offer, please send an IM to Second Life avatar Maxito Ricardo.

Salon Huron can also be reached via the teleporter on the Main Stage of ALA Island (129, 105, 29). Guide your avatar onto the circle. Right-click on the circle to get the pull-down menu of choices, and click for the *Next Page* to get Salon Huron as a choice, and click the Salon Huron Button. Then left-click in the circle and click the Teleport option in the pie chart that pops up, and — swoosh! — there you’ll be at Salon Huron!

ALALibraryVal Miles at Salon Huron on ALA Island (196, 206, 29).

ALALibraryVal Miles at Salon Huron on ALA Island (196, 206, 29).

If you’d like, you can RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.

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Tantalize Author Speaks on ALA Island Main Stage

Posted by Oberon Octagon

Young Adult author Cynthia Leitich Smith, will be presenting on the main grid of Second Life on American Library Association’s Island at (ALA Island 129, 105, 29) October 14 at 5pm PST, and on the teen grid at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County’s Eye4You Alliance island (118, 153, 21) October 28 at 1pm PST. She will present on her YA Gothic fantasy, Tantalize, (Candlewick, 2007-2008) and (Listening Library, 2008) as well as forthcoming related releases. “I’ve long been interested in the idea that books and technology can compliment, rather than compete, and look forward to stepping into this new virtual venue, says Leitich Smith. For more information on how to access ALA’s island on the main grid, contact Donavan Vicha, Web Developer, ITTS at dvicha@ala.org or via IM to Oberon Octagon. For information on how to access the teen grid, contact Kelly Czarnecki, Technology Education Librarian at kczarnecki@plcmc.org.

Young Adult author Cynthia Leitich Smith -- as Second Life avatar, Cynthia Zanzibar -- will be presenting on the American Library Association’s Island (ALA Island 129, 105, 29) on October 14 at 5pm PST.

Young Adult author Cynthia Leitich Smith -- as Second Life avatar, Cynthia Zanzibar -- will be presenting on the American Library Association’s Island (ALA Island 129, 105, 29) on October 14 at 5pm PST.

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Open House: Association of Virtual Worlds

Posted by Oberon Octagon

I took advantage of the invitation and visted on September 24, the HQ of the Association of Virtual Worlds. It was online here, which may require a download to complete visit. This virtual place (see pics) uses GoWeb3D as its platform and worked fairly smoothly, though I am so enamored of Second Life movement controls I had some problems. I was able to chat with Dave Elchoness for just a few minutes before I was dragged away by real life exigencies.

I was able to put together my avatar and then stroll about the AVW compound, looking at various kiosks with information on a fair number of virtual worlds before I ran into Dave. I had trouble viewing him, tired to reboot as he suggested and then was called away before we could resolve the issue.

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