02 May 2007


The American Library Association has given the ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award to the international collaborative group of librarians working on the Alliance Second Life Library. ”Since opening its virtual doors in April 2006, the Alliance Second Life Library (http://alliancelibraries.info/secondlife.htm) ... has expanded its presence to include locations on Info Islands I&II, HealthInfo Island, The Caledon (19th century) Branch Library, Cybrary City Islands, and the Teen Second Life ‘Eye4YouAlliance,’ where engaging activities and interactions occur in a collaborative, social/learning space.”

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [and my alma mater] is offering a class on Second Life librarianship starting this May (http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/Second_Life.html, already sold out) and the School of Library & Information Science at San José State University has developed a product called Sloodle (http://www.sloodle.com/) which combines the open-source virtual learning system Moodle (http://moodle.org/) with Second Life, opening up new possibilities for distance education.

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