In Second Life, you can create groups that people can join. In SL, there is a group called Special Librarians of Second Life which is described as "a meeting place for Special Librarians offering services in Second Life." There is also a special librarians office in Cybrary City (location coordinates 57, 152, 25). For more information on the group and the office, contact Rosmairta Kilara in Second Life (avatar's name). In her real life, Rosmairta (Rowan) is a librarian and patent searcher.
Please note that the Special Librarians of Second Life is not associated with SLA or another library association. As often happens in SL, groups form by people of like interests coming together no matter their real world (RL) affiliations.
The Rocky Mountain Chapter has created a wiki for the annual conference. Please visit it, bookmark it, and visit it again and again. Undoubtedly more content will be added as the conference draws near.
director of the School of Library & Information Science at San Jose
State University, was one of the speakers at the SLALeadership Summit. He give a lively and informative presentation. I'll try to post more later about it, but wanted to quickly post two thing.
San Jose State University's School of Library & Information Science has created a set of competencies that they believe all of their graduates need to have.
The topic of search engine optimization (SEO) came up during the IT Division Board meeting (I think as a possible program topic for the future).
There is a blog called SEObook.com that I've been following (http://www.seobook.com/) and I promised to post the URL for it. There are likely others...and if you find one that is useful, please let us know.
I also mentioned that Steve Arnold (Arnold IT) had some information on his web site about SEO. You can view that information here.
One important thing to realize about search engine optimization is that it is important for those sites that rely on search engines to drive traffic to them. There are some web sites that many not need SEO because they don't want every Tom, Dick and Harry finding them through a search engine, but instead use other methods to drive qualified prospects to their sites.
The topic of Second Life -- an online digital world being built by its residents -- came up at the IT Division Board dinner and meeting at the Leadership Summit. Several people were interesting in learning more about Second Life and there maybe others (who are reading this blog) who are also interested.
In this post, I will provide some quick, basic information. I promise to follow-up with more later.
First, are there libraries and librarians active in Second Life? Yes! Librarians jumped into Second Life (SL) a year ago in earnest and have been building libraries and offering services. There are also actual libraries and library science programs that have joined SL. The main island (land mass) for llibrarians is Info Island. To read about Info Island and what librarians are doing in SL, read the Info Island blog.
It is important to note that librarians from around the world are working in Second Life -- from large and small libraries, public and private libraries, and academic and public institutions. Major library organizations -- like IMLS and the Library of Congress -- are aware of SL, and I have actually interacted with libraries of LOC in SL.
You can enter and be active in Second Life for free. If you want to build or buy/sell "stuff", you will need a paid subscription. (I have been active in SL for several months and have a free account.)
You will need to download a piece of software to your PC in order to access SL. SL can tell you the PC requirements for running the software. I tell people that you want a newer PC and will a fair amount of memory. As a standard practice on my PCs, I try not to run multiple applications when I'm in SL and often will reboot my PC after being in SL in order to ensure that temporary files, etc., are released. (You may not need to do that, but that's what I do.)
It takes about 30 minutes or so to get acclimated to Second Life. You must learn how to move around and do things on Orientation Island before you are allowed on the mainland.
A good place to go after that is the Welcome Area on Info Island. You can teleport directly to the Welcome Area. (Look at the Map in SL and enter the location coordinates 128, 128, 0 .) There is information at the Welcome Area (on the calendar, etc.) that will help you understand what is available on the Island and in other places. (Left click on things....many will then tell you something via a notecard.)
I am doing tours of Info Island and anyone -- who is in Second Life -- can attend. The next tour will be Feb. 1 from 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon Eastern Time. We will meet at the Welcome Area to begin the tour. (Second Life Time is really U.S. West Coast Time, so the tour runs from 8 - 9 a.m. SL Time.) The next tour after that will be Feb. 15 from 11 - 12 noon Eastern Time (8 - 9 a.m. SL) and will begin at the Welcome Area on Info Island. (BTW my name in SL is Jillianna Suisei.)
If you have questions about Second Life, please feel free to post a comment here. I promise to answer them.
Finally, I was interviewed on TV about Second Life. You can read a blog posting about it here which also contains a link to the video (view in Internet Explorer). During the interivew, we did a tour of SL, so you can see part of Info Island and other places if you watch the two minute video.
Unit board meetings including Chapter & Division Cabinets
Learn more about the inner workings of the Association
Today much of the content was focused on the inner workings of the Association and new initiatives. Two that stand out are:
Designing & implementing a new Association management system
Embarking on a strategic realignment of the Association
The first sounds like an enterprise management system (think SAP, for those of you in corporations) and will be used not only by headquarters but by the leaders of all of the units. Members will also interact with it. It should provide a lot of functionality and help to streamline operations. We received a presentation during lunch on the system and there was also a focus group this afternoon. The system will be implemented later this year.
The second is a new effort to understand how to market SLA to information professionals and those that we interact with. In thinking about Chip Heath's presentation yesterday, this will be our effort to create a sticky message about SLA. There was a very good, lively discussion about this and I would encourage you to talk to those who were at the meeting for more information. (And more will surely be in Information Outlook.)
Although the formal meeting is over, there are division board meetings tomorrow (including IT Division). So still more to do.
Fianlly, I'll write more about the Summit once I get back home. I want to post notes from this morning's excellent keynote!
Yesterday Donna Scheeder did a nearly two-hour session on how to run effective meetings. The time included a 15 minute exercise where each table got to have a mini-meeting and (hopefully) use some of the things that we learned in the session. If you are interested in the handout from this session, please check with someone in your Chapter to see if they can share it with you at a local meeting. (And I'll try to ask Donna if a copy will be available online.)
Donna asked for feedback at the end of the session. Since she had many slides with lots of info on them, one person suggested that she use the 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint. I've used the rule and it can lead to a tight, focused and creative presentation. It may not have been appropriate for what Donna was trying to do (training more than presenting), but the mention of it did get people in the audience talking about what "it" was.
One piece of feedback that occurred to me later is that the group likely had a lot of wisdom about running meetings. It might have been very effective to have turned the session into an unconference session, where the participants in the session helped to create the agenda and content on the spot. (We could also say that the content for the session could have been "crowdsourced.")
Today will be another full day...and it will begin soon!
Yesterday was a LONG day as I traveled from Syracuse, NY to the SLA Leadership Summit in Reno. Interesting to note that the airport in Syracuse had free wifi, but neither O'Hara in Chicago or the airport in San Francisco had free wifi. Bummer. And the hotel here in Reno charges $11 per 24 hours for wifi. (I've already asked the people who are here from Denver to let us know where there is free wiki there, close to the convention center.)
I will note rant (complain) about how long it took me to get to Reno yesterday. I think I have vented enough to airport personnel as well as other conference attendees! I will tell you that the most interesting conversation I overhead at an airport was a gentleman talking loudy on his cell phone about giving expert testimony at a trial for which he was going to charge $7000 plus travel. Wow -- I know our salaries have gone up overall, but that is a pay scale we need to strive for!
From our site here in Reno, we can look out at the barren landscape off in the distance. Some of the hills seem to be totally bare while others (more north) are snow-topped.
There are 200 - 300 people here for the Leadership Summit, including people from outside North America. This is an event geared towards leadership development for those in Association leadership positions, but is open for anyone to attend. This is my first Leadership Summit and I am enjoying it AND finding it useful. Our day today was filled with sessions, including an excellent keynote by Chip Heath. This evening, there was a reception held in one of the restaurants sponsored by SLA and the Sierra Nevada Chapter.
Chip Heath was excellent in talking about creating "sticky messages"! Listening to him, you would never guess that he is a PhD. Great content and relevant examples. (BTW a couple of us wondered what his real name is. It is not "Chip." He would not tell us, but we reminded him that we ARE information people and could find out. A quick search, though, shows that he has been "Chip" for a long time and really has protected whatever his real first name is.)
Oh...the formula to remember for creating sticky messages is:
S -- Simple U -- Unexpected C -- Concrete C -- Credible E -- Emotional S -- Stories
To undestand this more, read the book that he and his brother (Dan) wrote (Made to Stick).
BTW I have met a few IT Division people whom I had not met before. Our division board meeting is Saturday morning, so we'll all get acquainted then!