Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Libraries this week in Second Life

Summer Picnic Fun!

You are invited to a picnic, a hunt, and a party or two during the month of August at Alliance Virtual Library. Scattered about the sims Info Island, Info Island International and Imagination are picnic areas loaded with goodies to enjoy and hidden gifts. Each area holds a landmark to one of our library areas where you can learn about a variety of topics and find even more goodies!

Picnic areas are open now to explore and enjoy. You'll find romantic spots, places of imagination, helpful info. games like volleyball, catch, and kenpo, and just plain fun by visiting Alliance Virtual Library during Summer Picnic Fun!

On August 15th at 2 PM SLT you are invited to enjoy a summer
fun party. Wear your cut-offs and flip flops and come to dance! We'll
have fireworks, food, and fun! Then on August 30th at 2 PM SLT we'll close Summer Picnic Fun with a special party (details to be announced).

Please join us at Alliance Virtual Library for Summer Picnic Fun!

Rainbow Gardens Summer PartyPlease join us at Rainbow Gardens Pet Memorial on August 14, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm SLT.We will celebrate our new exhibit, Summer Pet Care Tips, by having a beach party and dancing.Anyone will also have the opportunity to share a poem about their RL or SL pets.Please come dressed in your favorite swimsuit or beach wear.Rainbow Gardens Pet Memorial, Cybrary City II (128, 12, 21)

For more information, contact Dulcie Mills

*Join us Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 14 for OPALescence 2009: A Free Online Library Conference for Everyone!*
*Registration is free, easy, and online at: **http://tinyurl.com/N4JMV7*<https://mail.alliancelibrarysystem.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=eae2e10ee767408692d060cd75bce6c1&URL=http%3a%2f%2ftinyurl.com%2fN4JMV7>
Has your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues? Participate in OPALescence, a free online conference for everyone. Fantastic, nationally known speakers with interesting and informative presentations as well as "unconference" discussions spread over two days.
OPALescence 2009 is two online conferences in one:
• A "traditional" conference with scheduled speakers.
• An unconference with facilitators where you can discuss whatever topic interests you.
The conference will be held in OPAL: Online Programs for All: http://www.opal-online.org/<https://mail.alliancelibrarysystem.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=eae2e10ee767408692d060cd75bce6c1&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.opal-online.org%2f>and is hosted by TAP Information Services.
*Sign up & join the conference wiki today: ** http://opalescence.wetpaint.com/*<https://mail.alliancelibrarysystem.com/owa/redir.aspx?C=eae2e10ee767408692d060cd75bce6c1&URL=http%3a%2f%2fopalescence.wetpaint.com%2f>
*Thursday, August 13, 2009*
Noon Eastern Time, 11 Central, 10 Mountain, and 9 Pacific:
Opening Keynote: The Future of User Experience in Libraries
Speaker: Nate Bolt
1 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central, 11 Mountain, and 10 Pacific:
Topic: Librarians in Virtual Environments: From Classrooms to Communities
Speaker: Alison Miller
3 p.m. Eastern Time, 2 Central, 1 Mountain, and noon Pacific:
Topic: Collaboration 2.0
Speaker: Robin Hastings
4 p.m. Eastern Time, 3 Central, 2 Mountain, and 1 Pacific:
Topic: Best Practices for Web 2.0 in Schools
Speaker: Erin Downey Howerton
*Friday, August 14, 2009*
Noon Eastern Time, 11 Central, 10 Mountain, and 9 Pacific:
Topic: Listening to the Future of Reading: Readers' Advisory and Audio Books
Speaker: Kaite Stover
1 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central, 11 Mountain, and 10 Pacific:
Topic: How American Libraries Are Using Web 2.0 Tools for Marketing
Speaker: Curtis Rogers
3 p.m. Eastern Time, 2 Central, 1 Mountain, and noon Pacific:
Topic: Beyond the Basics: Training for Technological Fluency
Speaker: Brenda Hough
4 p.m. Eastern Time, 3 Central, 2 Mountain, and 1 Pacific:
Closing Keynote: Networking Library Services: A Glimpse at the Future--Moving Library Management Services to Web-Scale
Speaker: Andrew Pace
Or…Participate in one of the Unconference Sessions—Held throughout the conference on Thursday and Friday in one of the online rooms in OPAL: Discuss the topics and trends you want!
“Opalescence: The state or quality of being luminous, iridescent, and lustrous … like an opal”

Please join us for a discussion fraught with Indian intrigue and corruption in another terrific book discussion lined up for the Reader's Garden with Kansan and librarian MusMuris Messmer. BookFix is a new and monthly discussion in the Garden. For more information about BookFix, please see the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library BookFix website at http://www.kckpl.lib.ks.us/westpage/bookfix.htm

Date: August 12th at 6pm SLT. This month's discussion is of The White Tiger, authored by Aravind Adiga, winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2008.
Additional Info: See Garden Blog: http://readersgardensl.blogspot.com/
Location: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City/124/157/25
Everyone welcome and bring your headphones (combination of voice and text, but depends on participant comfort level).

Alexandrian Free Library: (Caledon, Winterfell, Steelhead, New Toulouse, New Babbage, Amatsu Shima, West of Ireland, Steeltopia, Deadwood & Al Andalus)

Library Events for August 5 - 11 2009

Continuing Exhibits:Caledon Library: From Oxcarts to Gondolas: the travel albums of Isabella Stewart GardnerJune 14 to January 3, 2010HG Wells Memorial Library, Caledon Wellsian, http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Wellsian/225/236/23

New Toulouse - Louis Armstrong2009-07-05 - 2009-10-01Toussaint L'Overture Community Library, New Toulousehttp://slurl.com/secondlife/New%20Toulouse/64/87/34

WOI: I’ll Drink to That! The Food and Drink of Ireland2009-07-12 - 2009-08-10West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland


Great Ladies of Cookery: British and American cookbook publishing by Women in the 18th & 19th centuries2009-07-31 - 2009-10-29Where: Whitehorn Library, Caledon Victoria City


New Exhibits:WOI- Names of Ireland2009-08-11 - 2009-10-11West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland


Events of the Week:WOI - Gryo Muggins with The Queen of Air and DarknessWednesday, 05 August, 20097:00pm - 8:00pm SLTWest of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland


“The Queen of Air and Darkness” Part 2 by Poul Andersen (found in Nebula Awards Stories Seven) On a habitable alien world, a struggling colony deals with unsolved disappearances and rumors of the mythical fairie folk of earth. Whatever they are, they’re not the Keebler Elves.-----------------------------------------WOI - Beowulf with Shandon LoringThursday, 06 August, 20097:00pm - 8:30pm SLTWest of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/West%20of%20Ireland/44/157/29

Shandon Loring brings to life the magic of Beowulf! This is soooo not the way you thought about it in school! Listener's choice - all in one sitting, or stay for half tonight and join us next week for the other half. Part I from 7:00pm to 7:45pm, and Part II from 7:45pm to 8:30pm Then, Thursday 8/13 will be Part I from 6:15pm to 7:00pm, and Part II from 7:00pm to 7:45pm.-----------------------------------------

Caledon Library: Wind in the Willows Listening PartySaturday, 8 August, 200910:00am - 11:00am SLTTinyville Library, Tinyville, Caledon Tanglewood


Chapter Eight: Toad's Adventures A Willowy Place This month, we follow Toad as he escapes from Prison, dabbles in transvestism and horse-dealing, meditates on the importance of pockets, leaps on and off railroad engines with mad abandon, and generally causes a ruckus all over the countryside!"To his horror he recollected that he had left both coat and waistcoat behind him in his cell, and with them his pocket-book, money, keys, watch, matches, pencil-case—all that makes life worth living, all that distinguishes the many-pocketed animal, the lord of creation, from the inferior one-pocketed or no-pocketed productions that hop or trip about permissively, unequipped for the real contest."

-----------------------------------------WOI- Elegia Underwood with Quirky Stories by John CollierSunday, 9 August, 20091:00pm - 2:00pm SLT West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland


Elegia Underwood, Steelhead's eccentric Dragoness, will be reading quirky stories by John Collier. Many of Collier's stories, famous for the sting in the tail, were used as the basis for scripts for the vintage TV series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents & The Twilight Zone. Come enjoy the wit & be amused.-----------------------------------------

Story Session at the Falling AnvilMonday, 10 August, 20095:00pm - 8:00pm SLT The Falling Anvil, Caledon Tamrannoch


Sponsored by the Caledon Library, the Clan of Seafarers and Storytellers, and the Storytelling Guild-----------------------------------------WOI-Caledonia Skytower with "The Penderwicks"Monday, 10 August, 20097:00pm - 8:00pm SLT West of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland


THE PENDERWICKS by Jeanne Birdsall (National Book Award 2005) A SummerTale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy . . .-----------------------------------------By Whitman, Biweekly!Tuesday, 11 August, 20094:00pm - 5:00pm SLTCaledon Library, Caledon Victoria City


A Discussion led by Dame Kghia Gherardi of the works of Walt Whitman By Whitman, Biweekly! Alternate Tuesdays at 4pm SLT Caledon Library, on the Hub in Victoria City


Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass is one of the works at the foundations of American poetry. Its expansive attempt to capture the spirit and landscape of the 19th century United States has influenced an entire culture's self-concept, and its rich language continues to inspire readers today as it has for the century and a half of its existence."By Whitman, Biweekly" will provide an opportunity to look closely at this beloved work. Each time we'll spend an hour discussing its context and examining the poetry of the 1855 first edition. The series will also give those who love Leaves of Grass, and those who would like to learn more, an opportunity to explore Whitman's vigorous and heartfelt poetry together. Schedule: May 5 & 19 June 2 , 16, & 30July 14 & 28 August 11 & 25 September 8 & 22 Oct 6 & 20 Nov 3 & 17 Dec 1, 15, & 29-----------------------------------------

WOI- Names of Ireland: New Exhibit Opening and PresentationTuesday, 11 August, 20097:00pm – 8:00pm SLTWest of Ireland Library & Cultural Center, West of Ireland


Tonight the West of Ireland Library opens a new exhibit on Irish surnames. Join us for an exploration of where Irish names come from and what they mean. Bring along some of your family names, and we'll see what we can uncover.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Central Florida Memory in Second Life - Video Tours Available

Central Florida Memory in Second Life! – Video Tours Available

In the summer of 2008, the Orange County Library System (OCLS) brought the Central Florida Memory project (www.cfmemory.org) to a new audience through an interactive exhibit built within the virtual world of Second Life (www.secondlife.com).

OCLS has now produced two video tours to introduce, promote, and explain both the exhibit and the project. The videos utilize machinima, the art of producing computer animated films through pre-existing 3D environments, to tell the stories of historic Central Florida.

Viewers follow the adventures of Nik Mortenwold (real world OCLS employee Nick Martinolich) as he explores a turn of the century Florida homestead complete with cracker house, barn, school house, and more. Nick interacts with the residents of the exhibit to learn more about their daily lives and routines.

Nick, who holds a degree in film from the University of Central Florida, was excited to branch into a new medium of filmmaking. He comments, “It is exciting to think of all the innovations in film and video that have laid the groundwork for the freedom in creation we have today. The ability for a single individual with a computer to tell a complete story is one of the beauties of machinima and is providing independence to filmmakers like never before.”

Visitors to the virtual exhibit are treated to an interactive and immersive experience that allows them to witness history first hand in an open and free roaming environment. Visitors are also provided with resources on starting a digitization project, the types of documents included in Central Florida Memory, and much more.

Go to www.ocls.info/about/collaborations.asp to find out more information about the exhibit and to view the videos.

Questions about the videos or machinima can be directed to martinolich.nicholas@ocls.info. *In World* questions can be sent to Nik Mortenwold. The exhibit and videos are available on an ongoing basis.