Archive for December, 2008

In honor of Frank Zappa!

As noted by Eric Shoaf in his blog entry, “Remembering an Iconoclast,” Frank Zappa passed away 15 years ago today — http://blogs.ala.org/LAandM.php

In recognition of that, we’re interrupting the Doug Wilson videogame movie’s run just today, in order to present again Frank Zappa’s March 28, 1986 appearance on Crossfire (courtesy of the Internet Archive) at the Galen Noltenius Sky Platform, ALA Island (206, 100, 46).

Frank Zappa on Crossfire March 28 1986

Frank Zappa on Crossfire March 28 1986

Also at the Galen Noltenius Sky (Video) Platform is a small pyramid that you can click to get information about the Frank Zappa Memorial Fund:

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation have been designated by the Frank Zappa family as among the organizations to receive contributions made in his memory.

The Foundation has established the “Frank Zappa Memorial Fund” to receive such contributions. The Office for Intellectual Freedom coordinates ALA programs in the area of intellectual freedom. It provides guidance and information to librarians and trustees dealing with censorship issues, maintains a database of incidents of censorship and publishes a newsletter that reports on incidents related to First Amendment rights. The Freedom to Read Foundation was established by ALA in 1969 as a legal defense organization to promote and protect freedom of speech and freedom of the press, to protect the public’s access to library materials and to safeguard libraries’ right to collect and make available all works that may be legally acquired. The Foundation leads efforts to stop censorship wherever it arises by defending First Amendment freedoms in court and providing legal and financial help in cases involving libraries and librarians, authors, publishers and booksellers.

Contributions may be sent to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. Contributions to the Freedom to Read Foundation/Frank Zappa Memorial Fund should be sent to: Freedom to Read Foundation, Frank Zappa Memorial Fund, at the same address. If you are donating in memory of Frank Zappa, please be sure to designate this.

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December 4, 2008 Salon Huron with Carrie Pennell speaking about Book Discussions in Second Life at 3:30 PST/SLT

Carrie Pennell will lead a discussion at 3:30 pm Second Life Time/Pacific Standard Time on Thursday, December 4, 2008, at Salon Huron on ALA Island (196, 206, 29) on book discussions in Second Life. Everyone is welcome — especially regular attendees to Carrie’s book discussion programs!

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).

If you’d like, RSVP at the *new* Facebook Event Page, at:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=52628135762


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