On February 15, 2006 at 6 p.m. SL (9 EST) the ALA Washington Office will hold it’s first event in Second Life, a 3-D virtual world. R. David Lankes from Syracuse University will give a presentation on a paper
commissioned by the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) entitled “Participatory Networks: Libraries as Conversation”, the paper that David presented this paper at the Midwinter Meetings.

OITP commissioned this paper from the Information Institute at Syracuse in an effort to provide an understanding of intersection of libraries and Web 2.0. This lecture will be an opportunity for everyone to hear what web 2.0 is and how they can use this new technology to engage their patrons.

The ALA Washington Office is pleased to be able to reach out to members, librarians and library supporters via this new communications medium. Represented by avatars, librarians from around the world will be able to view this presentation from the comfort of their homes or offices. The presentation will be held at the Info Island Amphitheater. Please let OITP’s Mark Bard (AKA Galen Noltenius in SL) know if you need a teleport to the amphitheater.

To create a free Second Life account to view this event, please go to

David’s paper can be found at http://iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen/

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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