Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Virtual Worlds and Libraries Seminar

Virtual Worlds and Libraries Seminar
In this seminar survey course we will explore a variety of virtual worlds and how libraries and library-related organizations are (or can be) active and effective in these worlds. We will examine virtual worlds designed for children, tween, teens, and adults. Existing, emerging, and planned virtual worlds will be covered. Throughout the course we will discuss the types of information needs evident or possible in these worlds, how libraries and library-related organizations can design and deliver content, services, environments, and information experiences to meet these needs, and the overall possibilities and trends for libraries and other public-good institutions in virtual worlds.

Instructor: Tom Peters (Maxito Ricardo)
Audience: Open to anyone interested in discussing the intersection of libraries and virtual worlds. This course will be condcuted in a seminar format.
Dates and times: March 4, 11, 18, 25 from 5:00-7:00 pm SL (US Pacific) time Location: OPAL meeting room (OPAL - Online Programming for all Libraries)Cost: $125
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Course Technology The two-hour synchronous sessions will meet online in an OPAL meeting room. Details will be provided prior to class start date. Participants will need a reliable Internet connection via DSL or cable.If you have questions, contact Marianne Steadley, 217.244.2751 or

Friday, February 6, 2009

Working with a class in Second Life

Working With a Class in Second Life
Join Dr. Bryan Carter (Bryan Mnemonic) in this course created to help librarians 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/Sim Audience: 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: Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm SL (US Pacific) time
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27 from 5:00-7:00 pm SL (US Pacific) time
Wednesdays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (US Pacific) timeLocation: Second LifeCost: $150
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Rez Libris - February issue!

RezLibris releases February Issue!
DATE: February 1, 2009 EMAIL:
RezLibris Magazine releases February Issue
RezLibris magazine is proud to announce the release of a new information-rich issue available at:

AVL Honors Volunteers with Golden Leaf Awards
Teen Grid - part 1 of a 3 part series
“Some Like It Hot” Poetry
Lighting for Machinima Productions in SL
Dresden Museum in SL!
Genealogy Resources in SL
Worldwide Literary Collaboration at Bookstacks Isle
Employment Resources at Library of Cybrary Square

This publication is for SL Librarians and we want to help you in your SL endeavors!
So please share with us your:

· Grand Openings
· Special Events
· Book Readings
· Exhibitions
· Best Practices
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And of course, we welcome your feedback! Let us know if you would like a representative to come speak at your next meeting!
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RezLibris Magazine

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