MLA 2008 Flickr Group

We had so much fun with Flickr at the Omaha meeting. I’m glad that MLA is encouraging people to post meeting photos to Flickr to share meeting photos. They’ve set up the MLA 2008 Flickr Group. There are 11 members so far. I’m looking forward to the fun.
MLA has their photo gallery up and running with 2008 meeting photos. This morning they added some photos from yesterday. MLA President and photographer extraordinarie Mark Funk is already out and about with his camera!

MLA ’08 Plenary Webcast

I might not be going to Chicago for MLA, but I can watch on my computer here at work. I have already signed up for the MLA ’08 Plenary Webcast “Web 2.0 Tools for Librarians: Description, Demonstration, Discussion, and Debate.” To register, all you need is your handy-dandy MLA members only area username and password.
What is really great about this is that two of the scheduled presenters are Midwest Chapter members!

  • Carol Jeuell, Reference Librarian, Brennemann Library, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Chicago
  • Melissa Rethlefsen, Education Technology Librarian, Learning Resource Center, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Midwest rocks!

MLA Vicariously

The midwest is hosting MLA in Chicago this year. Unfortunately, your intrepid blog editor will not be attending. [Insert frowny face here.] But this is no problem! I can read all about it in my feed reader!
Of course, there is the official MLA ’08 Blog itself. Lately, the entries have been posted by the Local Assistance Committee Publicity Subcommittee. Nice to see all those Midwest Chapter members contributing!
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As I am sure you know by now, MLA held a little contest and chose 10 Official MLA Bloggers. The bloggers will enjoy free wireless internet access at MLA. And it looks like we are going to get some great coverage. The National Program Committee’s Conference Wiki has a blog schedule page where the bloggers are signing up to cover specific parts of the conference program. You can also sign up for a digest or RSS feed of the bloggers’ posts. Right now, there doesn’t seem to be much else on the wiki except advertisements.
But this is even better: I have been using David Rothman’s Yahoo! Pipes feed to monitor the Official MLA Blogger posts. It works well! Thank you David!
Attention Midwest Chapter Members attending MLA: please consider sharing YOUR insights, experiences, and photos here on ConnectMidwest. Contact me and I’ll show you how!
And remember to tag any blog posts and photos with mla2008.

Second Life Library Programs and Outreach

In last summer’s issue, MIDLINE featured an article by Carol Perryman about the Alliance Library System’s project “Providing Consumer Health Outreach and Library Programs to Virtual World Residents in Second Life.” Funding for the project was provided by the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region. Yesterday, she announced the publication of the project’s final report on MEDLIB-L.
The report is 46 pages with lots of illustrations. And well worth the read! A lot of real people were served (via their avatars) by the project with displays, workshops and presentations, support group meetings, and even by answering old-fashioned reference questions. I had no idea! Clearly, an important need is being served.
P.S. Did you know that the way a person’s avatar looks can affect real life behavior? I picked up this All Things Considered story in my feed reader last week. And I quote: “If you want to get thin, get a virtual life.” It is called vicarious reinforcement. An interesting approach to weight loss!