Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ALA Salon Huron in Second Life

This week's Salon Huron on Thursday October 30 at 3:30 pm sl on ALA Island
will be lead by Sonja Morgwain. The discussion topic is National Gaming Day - share ideas,
what your library is doing, etc. The discussion will last approximately one hour and
everyone is invited. Join Sonja on ALA Island. If you have other ideas/topics for discussion,
please let me know. These will take place each Thursday as part of the ALA Virtual Communities
and Libraries Member Interest group.

Courses for Librarians and Educators in Second Life

STILL TIME TO REGISTER FOR THE FOLLOWING SECOND LIFE COURSES! Last ones offered this semester. Please share this announcement with your colleagues.

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, and the Illinois Alliance Library System are pleased to offer the following continuing education courses in Second Life. These courses are open to anyone interested in learning more about virtual worlds and establishing a presence in Second Life.COURSE TITLE: Working with a Class in Second LifeJoin Dr. Bryan Carter (Bryan Mnemonic) in this course created to help librarians. museum professionals, and educators learn how to work with a class in Second Life including hardware and software requirements, orientation, faculty and student mindset change, establishing course objectives, finding and creating content, creating meaningful projects, evaluating student work, action learning, grants, managing a sim-island, and collaborative opportunities.Week One: Setting up a class in Second LifeWeek Two: The Pedagogy of Second LifeWeek Three: Student ProjectsWeek Four: Managing a Project/SimAudience: Open to librarians and educators interested in using Second Life for educational purposes. Students must feel comfortable navigating in Second Life. This is not a basic Second Life course.Dates and times: Wednesdays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM SL (US Pacific) timeLocation: Second LifeCost: $150For additional information and to register:

COURSE TITLE: Setting up an Educational Presence in Second LifeAre you looking to set up an educational presence in Second Life but don’t know where to start? Join us to learn about planning, needs assessment, goals, expectations, buying or renting land, where to find help, prefab versus building, challenges, positives, teaching tools in Second Life such as Power point, class management, groups permissions, communication, and evaluating your presence once you have it set up. We will take field trips so students can see and discuss some of the educational presences in Second Life.Week One: Planning a presence in Second LifeWeek Two: Setting up a presence in Second LifeWeek Three: Managing a presence in Second LifeWeek Four: Evaluating a presence in Second LifeInstructors: Lori Bell (Lorelei Junot), Rhonda Trueman (Abbey Zenith) and Tom Peters (Maxito Ricardo).Audience: Open to anyone interested in using Second Life for educational purposes. Students should have experience navigating in Second Life.Dates and times: Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 from 5:00-7:00 PM SL (US Pacific) timeLocation: Second LifeCost: $150For additional information and to register:http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/VW/edpres.html

Saturday, October 25, 2008

ALA SLymposium on Virtual Worlds and Libraries in Second Life

The American Library Association Virtual Communities and Libraries Membership Interest Group is pleased to announce its first ALA SLymposium to be held in the virtual world of Second Life on ALA island on Saturday November 8. There is no charge for the event. The fall SLymposium will offer a look at what all types of library-related organizations are doing in Second Life. A companion symposium for spring will explore what all types of library-related organizations are doing in other virtual environments.
The keynote speaker for the SLymposium is Tom Peters, CEO of TAP Information Services, and author of the recently released "Libraries and Virtual Worlds," an ALA TechSource publication. Peters is also one of the conveners of the VCL MIG. Other speakers include Sonja Morgan-Plummer, Tina Coleman from ALA, Carrie Pennell from Harvard University, FT Takacs from University of South Carolina, Carol Perryman from University of North Carolina SLIS, Kelly Czarnecki from Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, and Sue Bergren, a graduate student from the University of Illinois.
To register for this event, go to http://tinyurl.com/5eypww
For more information on the event, please contact Tom Peters at tapinformation@yahoo.com, Lori Bell at lbell927@gmail.com, or Sonja Morgan at sonjamorgwain@yahoo.com
Event Schedule
8:00 A.M. – Welcome and Keynote
Tom Peters, author, ALA TechSource Library Technology Report on Librarianship in Virtual Worlds
8:30 A.M. – Public and Rural Libraries in Second Life
Sonja Morgan. Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library
9:00 A.M. – Library Associations in Second Life
Tina Coleman, ALA
9:30 A.M. – Academic Libraries in Second Life
Carrie Pennell, Harvard University
FT Takacs, University of South Carolina
10:00 – 11:00 A.M. – Break
11:00 A.M. – Special Libraries in Second Life
Carol Perryman, Coordinator of Health Infoisland
11:30 A.M. – Schools, Teens and Tweens in virtual worlds
Kelly Czarnecki, Public Library Of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
12:00 P. M. – Graduate library students in Second Life – Sue Bergren

12:30 P.m. – Social

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Welcome to our new blog, a companion to our new book just out
October 20 - "Virtual Worlds, Real Libraries." Visit this blog for posts
on virtual worlds and libraries!