Archive for February, 2009

February 27, 2009 CNBC News Story: Conferences Go Virtual

In her CNBC Media Matters column for February 27, 2009, Julia Boorstin wrote about businesses hosting conferences in virtual worlds, particularly Second Life; the column’s title was Virtual Meetings Get A 2nd Life. Read the column online or click the link below to watch the video version that ran live on the CNBC cable channel.

Conferences Go Virtual — Julia Boorstin, 2-27-2009 Media Matters

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Salon Huron returns! Kay Tairov discusses Second Life grid merge on 2/26 at 6 pm PST/SLT.

Salon Huron returns today, February 26, 2009, with a discussion led by co-ALA Island Manager Kay Tairov, our chief building visionary. She’ll be talking on the idea recently floated out about a possible grid merge, of Teen Second Life with (Adult) Second Life, the opportunities and the challenges. What do you think? Have an opinion–? Come let it be known!

Salon Huron on ALA Island  (196, 206, 29)

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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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Virtual Members Actualized @ Midwinter

This document produced by the Task Force on Electronic Member Participation was discussed by Council at last month’s Midwinter Meeting and recommendations set forth were tentatively accepted. Most significant, perhaps, was #4: “Phase out the category of Virtual Member as non-voting: Agreed that the recommendation is for approval in principle of elimination of Policy 16.5 (Virtual members) so that members who could participate only electronically would have the full array of rights and responsibilities of all committee members.” This is going to require a lot more work and study by a new task force on implementing these recommendations. Those of you who participated in MW’s MIG meeting should definitely look for admission to this group and lend your expertise to this significant turn of events. The VCL MIG is the rallying point for creating your own niche in ALA as well as advising any upcoming task forces on how virtual particpation in ALA activities can be actualized.

I learned about this at a recent ITTS Update meeting at ALA where Jenny Levine presented an amazing report on the prevalence (and impact) of Twitter use during MW. It’s very possible that a tipping point on the blurring between actual and virtual participation has occurred. Levine cited several instances where people at different meetings at MW connected via Twitter caused changes to take place because of their electronic connections. As well, people who were only at MW via Twitter were also able to “be heard” at Council as well as the Web Advisory Committee.

I wish I could point to more detailed documentation of these instances but maybe participants or witnesses might come forward to comment or share their experiences.

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ALA Washington (DC) Office’s Library Advocacy Podcast at the Member Lounge

You can listen to the latest podcast from ALA’s Washington (DC) Office in-world at the Member Lounge on ALA Island (79, 89, 29). Have a seat on the couch and click the Media Button on the bottom right side of your screen.

In this 10-minute podcast, Dr. Curtis Rogers, who is an ALA member and a member of the Grassroots Subcommittee, talks to Stephanie Vance about his thoughts from Midwinter as well as ways to effectively use the Washington Office.

Discover additional ALA Washington Office advocacy resources at the office’s District Dispatch Blog at:

Do not hesitate to send an IM to ALALibraryVal Miles in-world if you need assistance!

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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)


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

Beyond the Dewey Decimal System: Librarians Leveraging Social Media to Build Professional Learning Communities

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 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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