[SLED] ALA seeks proposals for online conference on virtual worlds and libraries

Lori Bell lbell927 at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 20 06:09:23 PST 2009

Virtual Worlds and Libraries Online Conference
The American Library Association Virtual Communities Membership Interest Group invites librarians, library staff, vendors, graduate students, and developers to submit proposals for programs related to the topic of libraries in virtual worlds.  The conference will be held online using OPAL web conferencing software, with demonstrations and tours in virtual worlds such as Second life.  The conference dates are Friday and Saturday, March 5 and 6, 2010.  Proposals are due Friday, January 15, 2010.  Please send proposals to:  lbell61520 at gmail.com.
The Virtual Worlds and Libraries online conference will feature interactive, live online sessions using OPAL web conferencing, with demonstrations and tours in virtual worlds such as Second life.   We are interested in a broad range of submissions that highlight current, evolving and future issues and opportunities involving virtual worlds and libraries. These include but are not limited to the following themes:

Starting a Library in Virtual Worlds
How to Build a Library Presence in Second Life
Working with a Class in Second Life
Virtual World platforms for libraries
The future for virtual environments and libraries
Information Literacy in Virtual worlds
Health information service in virtual worlds
Museum and library collaboration in virtual worlds
Library collaboration in virtual worlds
Working with other campus agencies on virtual worlds
Handheld library applications of virtual worlds
Reference services in virtual worlds
Proposal Submissions:
This conference accepts proposals for presentations delivered in several online formats:

A featured 45 minute presentation 
Panel discussion with others (10 minutes of presentation)
Poster sessions?   
Submit proposals by completing the form beneath by no later than Friday, January 15, 2010. You will be notified by Monday, February 1 if your proposal has been accepted.
Presenters Are Expected To:

Conduct an online session using OPAL web conferencing system, or provide a demonstration in a virtual world, such as Second Life
Provide a photo, bio and program description for the conference website by February 10, 2010 
Respond to questions from attendees 
Attend an online 30-60 minute training on OPAL web conferencing 
Please fill out the following information for your proposal.
Title of Session:
Description of Session:  (100 words or less)
Speakers:  (Please include real name and institution)
Program platform:  OPAL or specify the virtual world you will be using
Program Contact Information: (Name, institution, address, email address, phone number)
Thank you for considering a submission for conference participation. If you have questions, please contact: 

Lori Bell, Alliance Library System, lbell at alliancelibrarysystem.com 
Tom Peters, TAP Information Services, tpeters at tapinformation.com
Rhonda Trueman, abbeyzen at gmail.com 

Lori Bell
Director of Innovation
Alliance Library System
600 High Point Lane
East Peoria, IL 61611
(309)694-9200 ext. 2128
lbell at alliancelibrarysystem.com


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