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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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ALA’s Linda Mays discusses El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), also known as Children’s Day/Book Day in podcast at Member Lounge

Now playing at the Member Lounge on ALA Island (79, 89, 29), available “on demand” 24/7:

In this five-minute podcast, Linda Mays, program officer for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC, a division of ALA), discusses April 30, 2009, Children’s Day/Book Day, also known as El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), a national celebration of children, families and reading.

Find out more about the event at http://www.ala.org/dia

RSVP for the podcast at its Facebook Event Page.

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Video at Sky Book Platform: 2009 National Library Week Kicks Off at RainbowPUSH Coalition Headquarters in Chicago

You can now view — on the new screens! — at the Sky Book Platform the seven-minute video that details the kickoff for the 2009 National Library Week at the RainbowPUSH Coalition Headquarters here in ALA’s hometown of Chicago — the 51st celebration of National Library Week! RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.

As noted in the Visibility @ your library blog of ALA’s public relations department, the Public Information Office, in the entry, Reverend Jackson, Fiels kick off National Library Week at RainbowPUSH Coalition headquarters

Reverend Jackson, Fiels kick off National Library Week at RainbowPUSH Coalition headquarters

Reverend Jackson, Fiels kick off National Library Week at RainbowPUSH Coalition headquarters

In recognition of the valuable contributions of our nation’s libraries, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., CEO and Founder, RainbowPUSH Coalition in Chicago, and American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels spoke at a televised forum about the value of libraries and then read to 20 children on April 11.

The event kicked off the 2009 observance of National Library Week and took place in RainbowPush’s library.

During the RainbowPUSH Coalition’s Saturday Morning Forum, Reverend Jackson and Fiels discussed how libraries are an important community hub of literacy and learning; and a place people turn to during difficult economic times. The Reverend also reflected on libraries as community equalizers, and places of opportunity and knowledge.

Reverend Jackson read We Were the Ship by Kadir Nelson, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and Fiels read Dr. Seuss’ I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew.

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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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*LAST* StoryLines Midwest: The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

From Michigan (public) Radio – StoryLines Midwest radio episode featuring discussion of The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter.

Episode available “on demand” at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21).

In this engrossing novel–alternately hilarious and sad–the author presents varying versions of events, each from the point of view of a different character.

Writer Lorrie Moore says of Baxter, “One of Mr. Baxter’s great strengths as a writer has always been his ability to capture the stranded inner lives of the Middle West’s repressed eccentrics.”

Read the four-page Feast of Love Discussion Guide (PDF).

RSVP at its Facebook Event page.

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April 15th: A Discussion of Libraries, Second Life and Education with Joe Sanchez at 6 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time

ALA TechSource is proud to present its first virtual world event—a discussion of virtual worlds, libraries and education with Second Life (SL) expert Joe Sanchez, as his Second Life avatar, North Lamar. Sanchez, a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas, is the author of the February/March 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports, “Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations.”

Please join us at the Main Stage of ALA Island in Second Life on Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time for an exclusive interactive discussion and presentation of his work. We’ll be discussing virtual worlds and their potential to impact library service and freedom of information, as well as Joe’s work with library and information science college students using Second Life.

The main topic discussed will be role-playing in virtual worlds, as Joe mentions on his Educators Coop Blog, so we are asking all participants to come dressed as their favorite historical figure!

During the event we will participate in a role-playing activity so I ask that attendees come dressed as a favorite historical figure. We won’t be judging the avatars so homemade, default, slider-type avatars will be fine. This is a learning experience so please don’t feel the need to purchase a new avatar and by all means don’t be embarrassed if your avatar doesn’t look as good as you like. As you will see, role-play is more about being able to “play” the role rather than looking the part.

I think this will be a fun event and will get us (educators in SL) away from the typical slide show and lecture format that currently dominates educational events in SL.

Attendees to the event on ALA Island in Second Life will be able to get the chapter, “Virtual Worlds: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations,” from the February 2009 Library Technology Reports issue for free!

SPECIAL OFFER TO OUR FRIENDS IN THE LIBRARIANS OF SECOND LIFE GROUP!!: Get 15% off the purchase price of Joe Sanchez’s February/March 2009 issue of Library Technology Reports. Details on notecard in ALA TechSource vendor on ALA Island. Questions? Send an IM to Kay Tairov in Second Life or send an e-mail to <ccoleman@ala.org>.

About Joe Sanchez — Joe Sanchez is a doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on collaboration in virtual worlds and the convergence of digital media, play, and learning. Joe has designed and taught two information studies courses, both of which have been covered in national media outlets such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, USA Today, and ABC News. Joe has been teaching in Second Life since the fall of 2006 and was recently awarded the first Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur grant for service learning in a virtual world. His homepage is at http://www.ischool.utexas.edu/~sanchez

Library Technology Reports, February/March 2009, “Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations” by Joe Sanchez — Second Life is a virtual world owned by Linden Lab with over fifteen million users. It is currently one of the most popular 3-D social virtual worlds. The use of Second Life by libraries and universities has become a hotly debated topic in Library and Information Science circles. Early adopters of Second Life have been called evangelists, while nonusers of Second Life have been called Luddites who “don’t get it.” The goal of this report isn’t to feed the fire on either side of the debate, but rather to inform readers about the historical foundations of virtual worlds and to provide concrete examples of how virtual worlds have been used in the teaching and learning process from K–12 through higher education. This report examines the origins and evolution of virtual spaces, and explores several different instances of their practical application in an educational setting.

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Change in order of National Library Week Events on ALA Island in Second Life

There’s been a change to the order of events for the 2009 National Library Week on ALA Island in Second Life (SL) —

The ALA Connect Presentation by Jenny Levine (Cielo Paris in SL) will now be on THURSDAY, APRIL 16, at 9 am Pacific Time/Second Life Time. It will still be on the Main Stage on ALA Island. See corrected entry at ALA Connect, at:
http://connect.ala.org/node/72408

The Doctor Who Discussion/T.A.R.D.I.S (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) @ your library by Valerie Hawkins (ALALibraryVal Miles in SL) will now be on FRIDAY, APRIL 17, at 12 pm Pacific Time/Second Life Time. It will still be at Salon Huron. See corrected entry at ALA Connect, at:
http://connect.ala.org/node/72407

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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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“Worlds connect @ your library” in Second Life — April 7, 2009 ALA press release with schedule of events on ALA Island for next week’s 2009 National Library Week

“Worlds connect @ your library” in Second Life

CHICAGO – In celebration of National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of “Worlds connect @ your library” events in Second Life (SL). “Worlds connect @ your library” is the 2009 theme for National Library Week.

This year’s attractions and events in Second Life mark the second National Library Week to host “in-world” activities. Attractions open throughout National Library Week will include:

  • An ALA / Information Island Archipelago Treasure Hunt. Visitors are invited  to explore the Information Island Chain while picking up fun and useful freebies along the way.
  • A celebration of ALA Allied Professional Association’s (ALA-APA) National Library Workers Day, Tuesday, April 14. ALA Island will feature the Gallery of Library Stars, where visitors can pose for a picture and have it added to the gallery.
  • Build-Your-Own-Tour of Libraries in Second Life. SL users can use the pictures on the ALA Island to visit different library locations throughout Second Life.
  • A Youth Media Award art gallery. Visitors are invited to stop by the Lorelei Junot Gallery to check out this National Library Week art exhibit featuring cover art from Caldecott, Pura Belpré and Coretta Scott King award winners and honor medal recipients.

Also, during National Library Week, ALA staff members will be in Second Life to reach out and connect with SL users. Special events will include (and please be aware that Second Life Time, called SLT, is exactly the same as Pacific Time, so adjust the times below to your own time zone accordingly):

  • 10 a.m. PT/SLT, Monday, April 13 – Main Stage, ALA Island

Megan McFarlane, coordinator for the Campaign for America’s Libraries (Second Life avatar, Bunny Iwish), will host a talk on the fourth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library. McFarlane will be on hand to discuss the 2009 season, which will focus on the history and diversity of America’s national pastime, and to answer questions on promoting the program.

  • 4 p.m. PT/SLT, Tuesday, April 14 – Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island

Tina Coleman, ALA membership specialist (Second Life avatar, Kay Tairov), will moderate a book discussion of Watchmen. The discussion will focus on the graphic novel and its impact on modern literature and pop culture.

  • 6 p.m. PT/ SLT, Wednesday, April 15 – Main Stage, ALA Island

Joe Sanchez, author of the February 2009 Library Technology Reports and doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin (Second Life avatar, North Lamar), will host a presentation titled Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations. Please join us for this exclusive interactive discussion and presentation of his work. We’ll be discussing virtual worlds and their potential to impact library service and freedom of information, as well as Joe’s work with Library Science students using Second Life. One of the topics discussed will be role-playing in virtual worlds, so we are asking all participants to come dressed as their favorite historical figure!

  • 9 a.m. PT/SLT, THURSDAY, APRIL 16 – Main Stage, ALA Island–UPDATE; DATE AND TIME CHANGE

Furthering promoting the theme of “connections,” Jenny Levine, internet development specialist & strategy guide, ITTS (Second Life avatar, Cielo Paris), will host a presentation on ALA Connect, ALA’s new social networking site.

  • 12 p.m. PT/SLT, FRIDAY, APRIL 17 – Salon Huron, ALA Island–UPDATE; DATE CHANGE

Valerie Hawkins, ALA library reference specialist (Second Life avatar, ALALibraryVal Miles), will moderate Doctor Who/T.A.R.D.I.S (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) @ your library, a discussion of the world of the popular British science fiction show Doctor Who.

The ALA Island/ALA Main Stage is located at 128, 107, 29.  In Second Life, teleport there directly: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/128/107/29/

To learn more about Second Life, visit ALA’s Second Life wiki at http://wikis.ala.org/professionaltips/index.php/Second_Life.  For more information on National Library Week, visit the National Library Week Web page at http://www.ala.org/pio/nlw.

The Campaign for America’s Libraries (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary) is ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe – use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.

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Current programs on ALA Island: Member Lounge, Story Hour Garden, AL Focus Video Village

Currently, we have the following programs running on ALA Island.

Now playing at the Member Lounge on ALA Island (79, 89, 29) —

Listen to the newest podcast from ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA):

David Free, editor-in-chief of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries News, and ACRL 2009 Green Committee member, Kate Zoellner, speak with Robin Chase, cofounder of ZipCar and current CEO of GoLoco, following her invited presentation at the ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle (March 2009).

Time: 20:26

Podcast is available “on demand” 24 hours a day.

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.

Now playing at at Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) —

From Michigan (public) Radio – StoryLines Midwest one-hour radio episode featuring discussion of The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Episode available “on demand” 24 hours a day.

Louise Erdrich returns in The Antelope Wife to the Ojibway people, whose lives, loves, and passions she has so masterfully chronicled in previous novels. In her fictional world, where myth is woven deeply into the fabric of everyday life, “there is light as well as darkness … and encountering it offers pain and exhilaration in equal measure.”–The New York Times Book Review

Now available at 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 the Second Life virtual world.

Newest videos available:

Kate DiCamillo interview: Kate DiCamillo, author of The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie, sat down with ALA “Booklist” magazine’s Ilene Cooper to talk about seeing her creations become major motion pictures, the surreal moments that came along with the Despereaux phenomenon, and her latest projects. Also, there’s tons of laughing.

2009 ACRL National Conference: In this overview of the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA) National Conference, keynoter Sherman Alexie discusses a terminology conundrum, Mary K. Van Ullen explains the effect of cultural differences on teaching about plagiarism, Diane Dallis describes Indiana University’s planned research commons, and keynoter Ira Glass demonstrates how This American Life uses music to make stories come to life.

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses Series

Four questions x two Presidential Candidates = 8 videos

For details, see December 2, 2008 ALA press release, Members invited to submit questions to ALA presidential candidates via YouTube

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Stevens on GLBT Employment Rights: ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Karen Schneider’s question on enforcing ALA policy on GLBT rights.
ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Oliver on GLBT Employment Rights: ALA Presidential Candidate Kenton Oliver responds to Karen Schneider’s question on enforcing ALA policy on GLBT rights.

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Oliver on Why Librarians Should Join ALA: ALA Presidential Candidate Kenton Oliver responds to Genevieve Grove’s question on why librarians should join ALA.
ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Stevens on Why Librarians Should Join ALA: ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Genevieve Grove’s question on why librarians should join ALA.

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Stevens on Social Media and Advocacy: ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Carolyn Wood’s question on how ALA can harness the power of social media for library advocacy.
ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Oliver on Social Media and Advocacy: ALA Presidential Candidate Kenton Oliver responds to Carolyn Wood’s question on how ALA can harness the power of social media for library advocacy.

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Oliver on E-participation: ALA Presidential Candidate Kenton Oliver responds to Tom Peters’s question on how ALA can enable participation without travel (Peters is Maxito Ricardo in Second Life).
ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Stevens on E-participation: ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Tom Peters’s question on how ALA can enable participation without travel (Peters is Maxito Ricardo in Second Life).

and

Ann Brashares Interview: ALA’s “Booklist” magazine sat down with author Ann Brashares to talk about her new book “3 Willows” and how it compares to her bestselling “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series. Brashares opens up about the chances of the new book expanding into a series, how hard it is to let go of beloved characters, and how she likes to imagine her characters’ lives at age 4, 14, 40, and beyond.

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