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Robin Williams Joins the TechSource Blog Team

Posted on 03/26/2008 at 02:56:43 PM by Tom Peters [Robin Williams is the newest member of the ALA TechSource Blog Team.  Welcome, Robin!  Recently she and I met and chatted on ALA Island in Second Life, the 3-dimensional virtual world.  The text chat transcript of our conversation is pasted below...

Planning a Virtual World Conference

For the past two months I have been involved in a fascinating team effort to plan a one-day conference that will be held in a virtual world environment on Saturday, March 8th. The official name of the conference is "Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education, and Museums" -- VW LEM for short. Although the conference will be held in Second Life, the speakers will be discussing other virtual worlds as...

Is Virtual the New Reality?

While in Denver for LITA Forum recently, I read an article in the Denver Post entitled “We are our friends, our friends are us: MySpace and its offspring have transformed our link' thinking.” I found this article interesting for two reasons.First, the author, John Wenzel, stated that MySpace will make $1 billion in ad revenue this year. One billion dollars. I had no idea, but I am not surprised...

Audio from GLLS2007: Teen Services in a Virtual Environment

By Kelly CzarneckiPresented July 23, 2007 "The virtual world of Teen Second Life (TSL) is a great space in which libraries can interact with teens. While TSL is not a 'game' per se, it can share many characteristics of games and serve the interest of gamers including; having choices about what to do, creating a character that will interact with others, earning currency though participating...

Audio from GLLS2007: One Step at a Time Towards Tomorrow: Lessons Learned from Pursuing Second Life

By Lisa Janicke HinchliffePresented July 23, 2007"In pursuing innovation, librarians can encounter a variety of challenges, limitations, resource deficits, and policy and procedures obstacles. Faced with such factors, an individual must choose: stop trying or get creative. This session will discuss the UIUC Library's Second Life initiative as a case study of persistence and creativity in...

Audio from GLLS2007: Libraries Get a Second Life and Off the Beaten Path

By Tom Peters, Lori Bell, John KirriemuirPresented July 23, 2007 Libraries Get a Second Life: "First lives are often busy enough but a second one can allow you to be anyone you want! Alliance Library System started the Second Life Library in April 2006. We have found that people in virtual worlds do want libraries, and even books. We have offered some traditional and some new services. This...

Audio from GLLS2007: How to Convince Administration and Management of Virtual Worlds

By Barbara GalikPresented July 23, 2007 "The speaker will discuss effective strategies and how to build a case for your library's involvement in virtual environments such as Second Life. She will provide practical examples of why libraries are important in the virtual environment and information you can provide to your administrator to convince them to get involved. If you are an...

Audio from GLLS2007: Book Making in Second Life

By Jami SchwarzwalderPresented July 23, 2007 "In Second Life, Schwarzwalder has taught classes on how to create items for interactive display. Here she will show the audience how to make a prim book using the same instructions she gives for in world." More info....Listen to an MP3 audio file of this session (35MB, 38:09) tags: glls2007, gaming in libraries, second life

My Three Die

The dog days of August 2007 may be remembered as that magic moment when librarianship as practiced in Second Life finally received permission to dine at the adults' table.  On August 3rd the Library of Congress announced a new initiative -- Preserving Creative America.  They made eight grant awards totally $2.15 million "...to address the long-term preservation of creative content in digital...

Making the MUVE

We live in an age in which social networks, online communities, and the wisdom of crowds are all the rage.  This rage may have all the superficiality and transience of a dust devil, which appears to contain the destructive beauty of a real tornado, but actually only kicks up some dust and leaves.  But I think this is an enduring rage with potentially profound and positive effects on humanity in...