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National Library Legislative Day 2008
American Library Association - May 13 & 14, 2008

Hi, everyone -- Valerie Hawkins of the Library of the American Library Association here!

On May 13 & 14, 2008, hundreds of librarians and library supporters of all kinds are coming to Washington, DC, for an event like no other: National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day event in which people who care about libraries participate in advocacy and issue training sessions, interact with Capitol Hill insiders, and visit Congressional member offices to ask Congress to pass legislation that supports libraries.

Can’t go to Washington? Participate in Virtual Library Legislative Day 2008 in Second Life!

ALALibraryVal Miles in SL for NLLD

Above is a picture of my avatar, ALALibraryVal Miles, modeling the free t-shirt now available from the kiosk in Second Life for ALA's National Library Legislative Day on ALA Island (134, 103, 29).

You can participate in Virtual Library Legislative Day 2008 in Second Life by having your avatar wear the National Library Legislative Day 2008 t-shirt on May 13 and/or 14.

Take a snapshot of your avatar wearing the t-shirt.

Upload the snapshot to an online photo sharing web site, such as Flickr, and add the tag "VLLD08" or "VLLD2008" for Virtual Library Legislative Day 2008.

Just to make sure we see it, send the link for the Flickr photo(s) by IM to ALALibraryVal Miles -- or send an e-mail to vhawkins@ala.org. Also use this contact information for any questions or concerns you might have.

NOTE: You have the option to take your VLLD2008 snapshot at the READ Poster Picture Frame Station on ALA Island (183, 94, 29).
25th-Apr-2008 04:27 pm - National Library Workers Day 2008!
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National Library Workers Day (NLWD) was created in 2004 by the ALA-APA (American Library Association-Allied Professional Association <http://www.ala-apa.org>), the organization for the advancement of library employees. It is the Tuesday of National Library Week.

This year it was celebrated April 15, 2008, with the theme: Libraries Work Because We Do!

There's more about it at the main National Library Week web page, including an interview (mp3) with ALA-APA director, Jenifer Grady, at:

There's also a link to the interview with Jenifer Grady on the new blog,
Visibility @ your library, which comes out of ALA's public relations department, the Public Information Office (PIO <http://www.ala.org/pio>), in the entry, ALA-APA Director explains National Library Workers Day.

Library staff and patrons alike could nominate library employees as NLWD Stars -- see the press release, Why are library staff important? See the (NLWD) Stars.

In addition to a list of NLWD stars appearing on the ALA-APA web site, library workers could also enter Second Life and get pictures of their avatars taken and added to the NLWD Constellation of Stars wall on ALA Island.

Also, your Second Life avatar could get a free National Library Workers Day t-shirt.

Both my Flickr photostream and the ALA Staff Flickr photostream show photos from the ALA Island Second Life parties and events.

ALA Island will be around throughout the year, though. Feel free to drop by and talk to ALALibraryVal Miles (me!).
11th-Apr-2008 11:48 am - Happy National Library Week!
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Introduction only bit of the series of video spots promoting National Library Week!

See the entire series of videos at http://alfocus.ala.org/categories/national-library-week

And see the spots featuring honorary National Library Week chairperson Julie Andrews both on the main National Library Week page (YouTube links) and at

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Proposed schedule of Second Life activities during National Library Week in Second Life. And I am avatar ALALibraryVal Miles!

SLBuzz.com Resident Profile for ALALibraryVal Miles -- http://profiles.slbuzz.com/alalibraryval-miles


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Dummies.com - For Dummies Home

On March 27, instead of heading home in the snow blizzard in downtown Chicago at 5:00 pm, I went into Second Life as my avatar, ALALibraryVal Miles, and attended an in-world author appearance of Sarah Robbins (Intellagirl Tully in SL/Second Life) and Mark Bell (Typewriter Tackleberry in SL/Second Life), the two writers of the 2008 Wiley publication, Second Life for Dummies. I admit to maybe knowing more about the Second Life virtual world than most staffers, but I certainly don't know everything!

The talk was both informal and informative, similar to how Robbins and Bell said they approached writing and compiling the book. It sounded like a solid, fun addition for the library of anyone wanting to know more about Second Life and how it works--and how it can work for you and help you to accomplish your goals, either with a group or individually.

It certainly sounds like a book the ALA Library should have--so it's a good thing that I won a copy, that I will be donating to the ALA Library!

Wiley, the book's publisher, put together four prize packages, each including a copy of the Second Life for Dummies book and a Dummies duffle bag and other Dummies items (apparently, March is For Dummies month). There was a trivia quiz at the end of the event, and I thought I was done winning when I answered one early "door prize" question correctly which netted me a cute floaty blue halo for my avatar to wear. The questions for the Dummies prize package were a little harder, but through a rather funny set of circumstances, I managed to answer the last one correctly and win!

The last question was the name of the island and the Second Life coordinates for publisher Wiley's in-world bookstore, which I found out in about as roundabout a way that you could imagine--! The "pre-show" entertainment was host Kim Anubis performing magic tricks (well, Second Life scripted magic tricks, of making items appear and disappear) for the audience that was gathering in the chairs in front of the stage. One of the tricks was Kim summoning up some big soap bubbles that anyone could click on and have their avatar ride in. Always game for anything (sadly...), I clicked on one of the bubbles and my avatar suddenly appeared inside it, and the bubble proceeded to float up higher and higher above the crowd and into the sky--and kept floating out further and further up and away from the event!? Yagh! I ended up clicking on the bubble itself, which popped and released me, but now I had no idea where I was or how to get back. Now, on my way in to the chairs and stage for the event, Wiley had set up a set of tables that you could click on and get sample chapters of all of their Second Life books, which included a Landmark (a kind of bookmark/favorites link for Second Life, to use to return to places). I assumed that the Landmark was for the event, so I double-clicked on it to use it, but it didn't teleport my avatar back to the event, it took me to--Wiley's in-world bookstore! At the time, I was really confused. I dug through my Inventory and found the Landmark I originally used and luckily made it back to the event and even back to my original chair. Little did I know such accidental information would come in handy!

Should you want your own cute floaty blue halo someday, it's not too late to read the AL (American Libraries) Direct Ask-the-Librarian question on Second Life as well as specific pages about it on the ALA Professional Tips Wiki, at:

Second Life and Libraries (2008 March 19) - includes step-by-step instructions on joining the free online virtual world

Second Life

Library Uses for Second Life


For more background on where ALA is going with Second Life, see:

Second ALA Life, Marginalia Blog Post by Jenny Levine (3/14/08)

ALA Staff in Second Life Flickr Photo Set

As I was writing this post, my prize arrived from Wiley!! Along with the Second Life for Dummies book, I got several branded For Dummies items, including the (gorgeous!) duffle bag, a notebook, a highlighter/pen, a pin, a travel coffee mug, CD travel case, and a collapsible keyboard! Most groovy and marvy!

Thank you, Wiley, Kim Anubis, Intellagirl Tulley, Typewriter Tackleberry, and most definitely, Krisser Deschanel at Wiley!

ALALibraryVal 2009

As you know, "And Tango Makes Three" continues to be challenged in schools and libraries across the country, most recently in Virginia last week (which was discussed on "The View" on February 18, 2008):

2 Guys and a Chick Set Off Loudoun Library Dispute - 2/16/2008

 From GLBTRT Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5265244609 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Round Table (GLBTRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) compiled and recently introduced the first installment of the Rainbow List on their blog <http://blogs.ala.org/glbtrt.php>, at:

Rainbow Project 2008 List


On the fortieth anniversary of the Kinsey report telling the world that glbtrq people are not alone in their feelings or experience, 25 years since the publication of the controversial Annie on My Mind, and almost 20 years after Daddy’s Roommate and Heather Has Two Mommies, the Rainbow Project proudly presents its inaugural bibliography, a bibliography of current books for young readers from birth through age 18 dealing with the myriad of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or questioning issues.


Accompanying articles from the (non-ALA) School Library Journal magazine:

Nel Ward Talks about a New Annual 'GLBTQ Book List'
by Joan Aleck, 2/13/2008

Out and Ignored: Why are so many school libraries reluctant to embrace gay teens?
by Debra Lau Whelan, 1/1/2006

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Celebrate Balck History @ your library
Celebrate Black History @ your library
Help promote the importance of black history with this moving poster and bookmark featuring Harriet Tubman crossing over into Canada and freedom. The artwork is by Jerry Pinkey, an illustrator of more than a hundred books for children. His exceptional art has won many awards, including Caldecott Honors and Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors. Special thanks to Jerry Pinkey.

The founding organization of Black History Month is the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. See the web site of this organization for more information:

Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)

National Black History Themes - http://www.asalh.org/themes_future.html 

- 2008

Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism


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Common READ Poster

The multitalented Common desires to make a difference in the lives of others, especially youth. He has written several young adult books, including I Like You, But I Love Me, which was recently nominated for a NAACP Image Award. He also started the Common Ground Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping youth in underserved communities. His current album, Finding Forever, won the BET Hip-Hop Award for CD of the Year. Look for him on the silver screen in Wanted with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman this spring.

Find out more about Common's Common Ground Foundation via the THINK MTV social network, at:
14th-Jan-2008 10:35 am - 2008 ALA Award Winners
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For Immediate Release,
January 14, 2008

American Library Association announces literary award winners


PHILADELPHIA - The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults - including the Caldecott, King, Newbery, Schneider Family and Printz awards - at its Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

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The Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal and several other literature and media awards of the American Library Association (ALA) will be announced on Monday, January 14, 2008, at 7:45 a.m. EST, from the site of ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The awards announcement can be watched via a live webcast. Also, the winners can be delivered to your cell phone. See the following for details:  
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