Text and Photos by ABBEY ZENITH What is happens once or twice a month, but is always different? Need a hint? It is always fun, includes dancing, chatting, puns, music, and costumes by the score? It is TX950! If you are reading this in RezLibris, the electronic magazine for librarians in virtual worlds, you probably have the inside track on what TX950 means. TX950 is the Library of Congress designation for bars and taverns, so what better moniker could there be for Alliance Virtual Library’s party central? The honorable J. J. Drinkwater, esteemed librarian of Caledon, first suggested the name when planning for Info Island was just getting underway. We thought it would be great fun to have a “Cheers”-like pub where volunteers could relax and chat and so the first TX950 came to be. It was a modern style building, created by Brackish Ludwig, with a glass front facing the ...
Info Island | Saturday, 5 December 2009Read more
by DULCIE MILLS Photos by VERDE OTAARED Machinima by PIA KLAAR On Sunday, November 15, RezLibris Magazine hosted a formal party at the Jazz Cat to celebrate one year of publishing a magazine for librarians and educators in Second Life. Music was provided by Radio Riel, a custom-made cake was shared with guests, and the publisher presented a speech (reprinted below) along with awards to the staff. The highlight of the evening was a fireworks display celebrating both the one year birthday of the magazine and the third Rez Day of its founder. Anniversary Party Speech by Dulcie MillsBefore I begin, I'd just like to thank a few people for making this party possible. First, I'd like to thank Vienna James, our PR Director who took a break from finishing her dissertation to help us set it up and designed the beautiful invitation poster, the podium I am using, and ...
Info Island | Sunday, 29 November 2009Read more
Text by ABBEY ZENITH Photo by VERDE OTAARED We have been through some amazing changes in the last three and a half years since Lori Bell, Lorelei Junot in SL, claimed a small parcel of SL real estate to create a library and began to explore what place libraries could do in virtual worlds. The parcel became a sim, the sim became an archipelago, and librarians and libraries from all over the world joined in Lori’s quest. Alliance Library Systems, of Peoria IL, supported this exploration through Lori and achieved phenomenal success. Alliance Virtual Library (AVL), the heart of the Information Archipelago (IA) is today a thriving community of librarians, library staff, library students, educators and other professionals who share a common vision of service, education, and creativity often transcending national, cultural, and language boundaries. At AVL we have created locations in Second Life where visitors can find reference services, ...
Info Island | Sunday, 1 November 2009Read more
Text by Christy Confetti Higgins and Cindy Hill Photos by Cindy Hill Sydney Delphin (aka Cindy Hill), Roberta Zsun (aka Gloria Zamora), and Harper Aldrin (aka Janice Lachance) in Second Life “Preparing for Change…” was the lead-in for Stephen Abram’s SLA Information Outlook column in November 2008. Throughout Stephen’s term as president for SLA (Special Libraries Association), he encouraged members to learn about, use and adopt technology tools that were most relevant to their functions and their organizations. As a result, SLA launched several projects under the Innovation Labs initiative including exploring the potential for virtual worlds in an organization. The SLA Virtual Worlds Advisory Council was created in 2009 to investigate the use of virtual worlds for connecting members for learning, sharing, collaboration and innovation in the information space. The council's charter is: Recommend short and long-term direction for SLA’s presence as an association in virtual worlds. Oversee SLA’s presence in virtual worlds. Develop and promote opportunities for members to participate ...
Special Libraries Association | Monday, 5 October 2009Read more
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