Friday, April 27, 2007


Google is making available videotaped sessions of its author talks. Guests have included Hillary Clinton, Eve Ensler and Neil Gaiman. Here's a direct link to the author series on YouTube.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Ning Library 2.0 Social Network

You may have already heard about Ning and you may already be a part of the Library 2.0 Ning network that has over 1,200 members and 6 other library networks in French, German, Italian, Chinese, Dutch and Portuguese.

Check out all the social networks available from this free service. As many of us are aware, there are other competing services such as Facebook and it'll be interesting watching which social network succeeds in the long run and which one(s) work(s) for libraries.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Elluminate Webinars

Thanks to CARL member and AT&T Library Advocate Jackie Siminitus for this blog entry about the webinars available from Elluminate.

Check out upcoming webinars on Learning 2.0, Second Life among others.

We'd like to spotlight Aline Soules, from CSU East Bay, who is giving a webinar on maximizing resources in an online world. You may recognize Aline's name as she is the legislative liaison who sends out legislative news emails to CARL's Calibaca listserv.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Virtual World Librarianship online course

Thanks to Beyond the Job for this announcement.

Virtual World Librarianship

To discover how avatars, Linden dollars, and librarianship relate to one another, come join us in a continuing education course on librarianship in the virtual world of Second Life.

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents, including real life librarians on Info Island.

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the Alliance Library System of Illinois have partnered to offer a six week online (in Second Life) course to introduce you to libraries and information services in a virtual world.

The course starts May 25 and is open to all library and information professionals.

Week One: Introduction to Libraries in Virtual Worlds
Week Two: Second Life 101
Week Three: Collections, Resources, and Exhibits in Virtual Environment
Week Four: Reference and Information Services in Virtual Worlds
Week Five: Managing and Working in a Virtual Library or Department
Week Six: Skills Needed by 21st Century Librarians in Virtual Worlds

Click here for additional information and to register

Contact Marianne Steadley, Continuing Professional Development Program Director, 217-244-2751


Monday, April 16, 2007

OCLC Symposium on YouTube on Social Networking

A three-minute video summarizing the OCLC Symposium at ALA
Midwinter, Who’s Watching YOUR Space, has been posted to
YouTube. More than 400 attended the symposium, a discussion
about social networking practices and trends.

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Thursday, April 12, 2007

365 Library Days Project

Libraryman, aka Michael Porter, is asking you and your library to participate in the 365 Library Days Project on Flickr. The idea is to take 365 photos capturing your library, its services, its people, its customers etc. Read more directly from Michael's Libraryman blog. I mention this because it's a nice blend of technology, community, the power of an idea, PR, marketing, etc.