Archive for August, 2009

Announcing the Virtual Worlds Interest Group of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA)

Success! As mentioned in the May 21st entry, 25 signatures from members of ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA) were indeed collected and the accompanying proposal approved by the ACRL Board of Directors, and so the ACRL Second Life Task Force has been “promoted” to the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group!

Members of ACRL can elect to join the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group; contact ACRL liaison Mary Jane Petrowski for more information, including dues amount. Much information about the group is available at the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group on ALA Connect.

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Hear excerpt from The Time Traveler’s Wife: Unabridged Edition Audiobook on ALA Island in Second Life®

CHICAGO — ALA Island, the Second Life® (SL) virtual world presence of the American Library Association (ALA), has been granted permission by the HighBridge Company to make a six-minute excerpt from The Time Traveler’s Wife: Unabridged Edition audiobook available to its avatar visitors.

ALALibraryVal Miles at Story Hour Garden, beside The Time Traveler's Wife: Unabridged Edition audiobook sign

ALALibraryVal Miles at Story Hour Garden, beside The Time Traveler's Wife Sign

SL residents can teleport to Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) at <http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/25/101/21> to hear the excerpt from this audio version of Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 bestselling novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, a 2004 Alex Award winner, whose eponymous film version starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams opens in the USA, the UK and Canada, on Aug. 14, 2009.

Actress Rachel McAdams holds The Time Traveler’s Wife novel in one of ALA’s newest celebrity READ posters, now available from the ALA Online Store.

Winner of a 2006 AudioFile Earphones Award, The Time Traveler’s Wife: Unabridged Edition is read by William Hope, whose previous audiobook work includes Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and by Laurel Lefkow, whose previous audiobook work includes Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada.

To make sure the excerpt can be heard properly, Second Life® avatars should click their Viewer’s Edit menu and select Preferences, and then click the Audio & Video tab to see that the box next to Play Streaming Media When Available is checked in. On the bottom right of the Viewer is the in-world media player; click the arrow beside the illuminated audio icon to begin playing the audio stream.

ALA Island was recently featured in the Library Showcase of ALA’s I Love Libraries, at ALA Island: A Community Information Center for Second Life from the American Library Association. And Story Hour Garden on ALA Island is an extensive fantasy garden area created by Second Life® avatar Jedda Zenovka and named by Second Life® avatar contest winner Bookie Balogh.

HighBridge Company is an audio publisher of unabridged audiobooks (CD and digital download), including public radio favorites Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk and Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.

See the official ALA press release dated August 4, 2009 —

Hear The Time Traveler’s Wife: Unabridged Edition audiobook on ALA Island in Second Life®
http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/august2009/timetraveler_ala.cfm

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