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The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds on March 5-6, 2010

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The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds
Conference Co-Organizers: ALA VCL MIG (American Library Association Virtual Communities and Libraries Member Initiative Group), the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of ALA) Virtual Worlds Interest Group, the Alliance Library System (of the state of Illinois), and TAP Information Services. Sponsor: LearningTimes, an open community of education and training professionals.

Everyone is invited to participate in The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, an online conference to be held on Friday and Saturday, March 5th and 6th, 2010, in the OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) webconferencing collaborative service; in Second Life; and in other three-dimensional virtual worlds. (Initially, this event was named the Virtual Worlds and Libraries Online Conference, and is the event mentioned by author Marilyn Johnson in the February 25, 2010 USA TODAY newspaper article, “Author: Librarian, cybrarian appreciation is ‘Overdue’” by Craig Wilson.) Throughout this two-day conference there will be dozens of presentations, panel discussions, poster sessions, demonstrations, tours, and social events; see the current list of poster sessions as well as poster set-up information. You need not be proficient in virtual worlds to participate in this conference. Orientation sessions will be held on March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th; see the ALA VCL MIG’s Virtual Presence Second Life Orientation Sessions blog entry for times, location, and other details. The Future is Now Conference has a tiered registration fee. View the Future is Now conference schedule. The official Twitter Hashtag: #FIN10

Keynote Speakers:

· Marilyn Johnson, author of the new book, This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. She also wrote The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries.

· Tom Atkinson teaches Instructional Technology at the U. of Central Florida and has over 30 years of experience in designing, producing, delivering, and evaluating interactive instruction on mobile learning platforms and in virtual worlds

· Sharon Tettegah and Cynthia Colongne, co-authors of the 2009 book, Identity, Learning and Support in Virtual Environments.

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Second Life Orientation Sessions March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th!

(By Tricky Lexington!)

Are you new to Second Life (SL)? Or has it been a while since you last assumed your avatar’s skin?

Consider brushing up on your essential skills by attending an orientation session for ALA’s upcoming virtual worlds and libraries online conference, The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, to be held March 5th through 6th, 2010.

Make sure you can sit and listen during sessions that are important to you. Brush up on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Relearn the basics of maneuvering around in Second Life.

Orientation sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday March 2nd from 5-6 PM SLT/PST;
  • Wednesday, March 3rd from 1-2 PM SLT/PST;
  • Thursday March 4th from 6-7 PM SLT/PST;
  • Friday March 5th from 8-9 AM SLT/PST.

All orientations will take place at Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (205, 56, 61) –

Feel free to contact Valerie Hawkins by e-mail or send an IM to Second Life Avatar ALALibraryVal Miles with any questions.

Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island in Second Life (Feb 2010)

Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island in Second Life (Feb 2010)

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New Public Flickr Group: American Library Association in Second Life

In an attempt to gather together the various photos and photo-sets on Flickr of ALA Island as well as of ALA members and staff at Second Life events under one umbrella, the following Public Flickr Group was created –

American Library Association in Second Life



Snapshots of the American Library Association (ALA) in the Second Life virtual world, including pictures taken on ALA Island — — as well as pictures taken by ALA staff and members at various other locations within Second Life, including libraries, universities, and museums, as well as library, library association, and museum islands. And more!


Feel free to join and add your photos to the Group!

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