• College Fair on Info Island

30th October 2008

College Fair on Info Island

There’s still time to sign up to represent your school at the College Fair to be held on Info Island on November 16.  Each school can build a booth at the fair site with information about your school, landmarks to your SL presence, web links to admissions and program sites and other information, which will remain on the site as a display until 1 week after the fair date.

For more information and sign-up form, see: http://infoisland.org/2008/10/18/college-fair-coming-to-infoisland/.

Contact Beth Kraemer (Alice Burgess in SL or kraemer@email.uky.edu), Kelly Czarnecki (BlueWings Hayek in SL or eye4youalliance@gmail.com), or Rhonda Trueman (Abbey Zenith in SL or abbeyzen@gmail.com) if you would like more information.

Written by Lori Bell

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28th October 2008

CBS Shares a Clue!

I was working at home for Vanderbilt yesterday and had the tellie on for company, not watching, until I heard the lead-in for this video spot. Is big media suddenly getting a clue? /me wonders if it’s the dollars that perked up their antennae? Whatever the case, it’s a nice, positive spot; and about time, I say. What do you say? Comment here!

Watch CBS Videos Online

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27th October 2008

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, 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.
Wednesdays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM SL (US Pacific) time

For additional information and to register: http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/VW/class.html

Marianne Steadley
Continuing Professional Development Program Director
501 E. Daniel St. Champaign IL 61820
Fax: 217/244-3302
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15th October 2008

Internet2 Meets Virtual Environments

Second Life was the prime feature of two sessions these past two days ‘way down in New Orleans, Louisiana, dealing with Virtual Environments and Education. Though open source initiatives and other platforms were indeed discussed, it seems that the work going on in Second Life by Educators far outstrips efforts in other solutions. I won’t wax to prosaically here, because I do so at two of my other blogs, and I’d like to send you there rather than crossposting. So if you’re interested, Please see two posts elsewhere:

I am so grateful to the Internet2 folks for asking me down, and I’ll be reflecting more on the experience(s) over the next day or so and adding to both posts.


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11th October 2008

Alliance Virtual Library and other library activities in Second Life this week

Engaging with Students in Second Life

On Friday, October 17th, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm SLT there will be an event designed for LIS students in Second Life.  Engaging with Students in Second Life begins at Cybrary City II (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City%20II/32/92/2) for a tour of the Special Library Association building.  4:30 pm SLT, Tour of SLA with Jill Hurst-Wahl – Jill is speaker, author, librarians, and senior instructor, Jill Hurst-Wahl (for a really nice bio, please see http://www.hurstassociates.com/About.htm).  5:00pm SLT to 6:00pm SLT  Panelists include:  Dr. Tu, LIS Professor at the University of South Carolina (http://www.libsci.sc.edu/feilitu/ftu. Plautia Corvale, Librarian in Colorado and Team Member for the Emerald City Project in Second Life Scott Brown from Sun Microsystems (http://www.sun.com/) Rocky Vallejo, Cataloger and manager of several islands for the Alliance Library System (http://www.alliancelibrarysystem.com/) 6:00pm to 7:00pm SLT, participants are invited to INKA’s Place on Eduisland 3 (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland%203/34/74/23) for a Suzen Juel Resistance Concert. 

Homeless in the Library

Got homeless in your library?  Library staff and homeless shelter staff often have a common interest; we serve the same people.  On Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th at 8:00 am SLT (SLT is PST), please join us for a conversation about people who are homeless and librarians on Cybrary City 1 at the Open Auditorium in the virtual environment, Second Life.  Shelter staff and librarians can work together to find best practices.  Our speakers, real life metropolitan homeless shelter staff, Jarhead Euler, Pita Weazles and librarians will facilitate this discussion, field your questions, and provide a collection of resources.  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City/128/148/24 Also included is a tour of the new Virtual Homeless Resource Center on Cybrary Square. Presentation will be in voice.  For more information, please IM Sonja Morgwain or Jarhead Euler.

October/November Library Art Gallery Exhibit Celebration.

Sunday, 19 October 2008, at 2P SLT
Special live musical performance by the very talented pianist, Enniv Zarf,  in celebration of artists: PJ Trenton and GM Nikolaidis. Please join us in celebrating these very fine artists! Bring a friend and hope to see you there!

Cypress Grove at Mystery Manor

Mystery Manor’s Discussion series, Waiting for the Other Gumshoe to
Drop, finishes its first season Wednesday, October 29, with a
discussion of Cypress Grove by James Sallis.

YOU can help us plan our second season. We plan to take Mystery Manor
international this time. We want to find mysteries that give the
reader the feeling of being in another country and experiencing a
different culture.

Please send suggestions to mysterymanor@gmail.com

ALA Salon Huron event – library round table discussion series

Next Thursday (Oct. 16th) at 3:30 p.m. SLT on ALA Island we will have one of our informal Salon Huron events.  Feel free to gather with colleagues to discuss topics of the day.  Maxito Ricardo will get the conversation rolling with a brief look at the ALA VCL MIG (Virtual Communities and Libraries, Member Initiative Group).  If you need a TP offer, please IM Maxito Ricardo.

Harmonic Wealth: The Secret of Attracting the Life You want

Next Thursday at 6:00 p.m. SLT on Investing InfoIsland we will have another in the series of book discussions about investing, the economy (egads!), and underlying fundamentals.  This month we will be discussing Harmonic Wealth:  The Secret of Attracting the Life You Want, by James Arthur Ray.  While most investment advisors suggest that people stay within their comfort zone, Ray challenges his readers to go beyond our self-imposed boundaries.  If Investing InfoIsland is beyond your comfort zone in SL and you need a TP, please IM Maxito Ricardo.  

Bradburyville:  Lecture on Fahrenheit 451

Join us at Bradburyville at 5 pm sl for a tour of the island with Corwin Howlett; 6 pm sl for a lecture by Dr. Loren Logsdon on “Fahrenheit 451” and at 7 pm sl for a space music dance with Gabrielle Riel.

PubMed for YOU:  Searching for Medical Information

October 14
PubMed for YOU: Searching for Medical information
Healthinfo Island Classroom area
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. SL time
Prerequisites: Curiosity and an interest in searching for health information

Join us on Healthinfo Island for a hands-on opportunity to learn how you (yes, you!) can search the PubMed database.  No need for prior experience – it’s all about checking out one of the greatest informational resources we have, free on the Internet.  Questions? Contact Carolina Keats inworld.


Founder’s Ball:  Renaissance Island

October 17 at 5 pm sl. Contact Diamond Coronet in world for more info.

Alexandrian Free Library: Caledon, Winterfell, Steelhead, New Babbage & New Toulouse Library events October 14 – 23

“I Loaf and Invite my Soul”
Identity & Selfhood in Virtual Worlds
A Conversation with Tom Bukowski
Wednesday,  October 15th
6-7 pm SLT
Caledon Primverness

We’re our secret selves, we’re more than ourselves, we meet ourselves (or at least our alts) coming and going…in virtual worlds like Second Life, that’s just the beginning. As the saying goes, It’s Complicated. But then, so are we.

Join ethnologist Tom Bukowski, author of “Coming of Age in Second Life,” for a conversation about the faceted nature of the self, and what virtual worlds have to teach us about what we’ve always been.

This event is sponsored by the Alexandrian Free Library, and produced by Radio Riel. If you can’t join us in world, tune in at http://music2.radioriel.org


Radio Theatre – The Hobbit, on Radio Riel
Chapter  7 Queer Lodgings
Chapter  8 Flies and Spiders
Thu, October 16, 7pm – 8pm
Radio Riel HQ, Caledon Penzance
Or tune in at

Caledon Library Collaborators Radio Riel will be streaming a recording of JRR Tolkein’s beloved classic “The Hobbit”, read by Nicol Williamson,  for the next several Thursdays. Join Host Edward Pearse at the station headquarters to listen…bring a dragon, or a dwarf or two, you never know who will show up!


Winterfell Library – Taure En Lor – Bard Gathering (Storytelling Night)
Thursday, October 23, 5pm – 7pm
Taure En Lor, Winterfell 128,95,25

Join us under the stars of Taure En Lor every third Thursday of the month.  Experience the magic; tell a tale, recite a poem, sing us a song or simply relax with friendly folks from all over the grid.  This month’s theme is….ghost stories! 

West of Ireland Library

Join us in the West of Ireland Library for the following:


Monday 13 October @ 7 – Caledonia Skytower reads “Alice in Wonderland”

Tuesday 14 October @ 7 – Han Sontse continues “Ariel: A Book of the Change”

Wednesday 15 October @ 7 – Aoife Lorefield will share Edgar Allen Poe stories

Thursday 16 October @ 6.30 – Shandon Loring offers spooky creepy tales at the fire pit by the Library

Friday 17 October @ 5 – WOI Storytellers with stories of Autumn and the Celtic Samhain

Saturday 18 October @ 2 – Elder Priestman shares classic Americana from Washington Irving

Sunday 19 October @ 11 – WOI Storytellers with more Autumnal and Samhain stories

Monday 20 October @ 7 – Caledonia Skytower and Peter Pan!

Tuesday 21 October @ 7 – DRACULA! with the WOI Storytellers and Draconius Merlin


Please IM Derry McMahon for more info or with any questions!



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7th October 2008

ISTE Speaker Series Strikes Again!

From an email from our pal KJ Hax (Kevin Jarrett irl) about an event you may not want to miss. Pop into ISTE Island (SLurl below) for what looks to be an informative hour this very evening!
Just a quick heads up regarding tomorrow’s ISTE Speaker Series session, targeted specifically for the higher education community … join Marcius Dowding (RL: Larry Dugan) and Crash Thebaud (RL: Terry Keys) who will be presenting their work on the SUNY LIVE (Learning in Virtual Environments) project, which was created to give the opportunity for up to 64 campuses the opportunity to investigate the uses of VLE’s. 22 campuses signed up and participated in this year long project, utilizing this “donut” approach to island developing and training. The results, trials, tribulations and successes will be discussed at this presentation, which will utilize voice. Please ensure you have a working voice setup prior to the event. Location: ISTE Island Bandshell: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ISTE%20Island/128/128/25

Date: Tuesday, 10/7
Time: 6:00 pm SLT (click here for your local time zone)

See you there!

While you’re there, mosey on up to Headquarters and take a good gander at the new SL entry portal resources that have been baking up there for a month or so. I blogged about it a while back, and it’s come a long way since, due to the dedicated efforts of ISTE volunteers who have tirelessly realized the joint vision of Linden Lab and ISTE. You might take a minute to click on that big ol’ FEEDBACK sign there to offer your opinion and suggestions about how the entry might be improved.

From fearless ISTE Second Life pioneer Kittygloom Cassady, “Currently, an educator visiting the education page of the Second Grid web site (http://secondlifegrid.net/programs/education) can sign up for Second Life using a simplified registration process and at the end will be dropped directly on ISTE Island for more resources and educator-friendly help.

Cheers, all! And see you tonite if you can make it!

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6th October 2008

Designing for learning in Virtual Worlds

Designing for learning in Virtual Worlds

Designing for learning in Virtual Worlds | Virtual Worlds Research Project

Seminar at Roskilde University

Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies
Monday, October 13, 2008, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Room 43-2.29

This is my first event in Denmark this year, but not my last:)  Come join us in at Roskilde U:) 

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