Archive for May, 2008

MA EqualAccess workshop

Thanks to the MBLC for inviting me to present “Youth Trends: Advice from the Experts!” at the Nevins Library in Methuen, MA.

Slides are online at

Links are at


May 29, 2008 at 11:38 am Leave a comment

NHLA Conference: Get Your Game On, and Core Collections!

Thanks to NHLA for inviting me to present not one, but TWO sessions!

Core Collections:




Get Your Game On:




Additional gaming handouts, including the “About DDR” sheet that includes citations for two DDR studies,  are online at

May 23, 2008 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Twitter Session in Second Life

Thanks to everyone who attended the session on Twitter in Second Life at the Info Island International’s Open Air Auditorium on May 20, 2008. My twitter account is

Slides are posted online:

Links are at

The handout content (from the Twitter notecard) follows:
What is Twitter?
Twitter is a microblogging application for text that encourages members to answer the question, “What are you doing now?” by posting a text message to their Twitter website at Similar to an away messages, members post what they are currently doing, reading, viewing, listening to, etc. Posting can be done via web, phone, browser search box or instant message.

Similar websites include Dodgeball, Jaiku, MoodMill, NowThen and Squawk.

Words to Know
Twit: someone who uses Twitter
Tweeting: the practice of using Twitter

What makes Twitter Web 2.0?
• Convergence
• Mobility
• User participation

What makes Twitter Social Software?

Friending! Members can elect to follow friends, so that their friends messages appear interspersed with their own. Conversations – and networking — often evolve. Updates from friends may be received on your preferred platform.

How can librarians and libraries use Twitter?

• Post reference questions (answers optional!)
• Note books to read, websites to visit, media to consume
• Keep in touch with friends and colleagues
• Conference and workshop microblogging

Sign up!

  1. Go to
  2. Click Join for Free” to get to the Create a Free Account screen
  3. Complete:
    • Username
    • Password
    • Confirm Password
    • Email Address
    • Character recognition
  4. Click “I accept. Create my account”

Library & Librarian Twits:

• Andrea Mercado – andreamercado
• Karen Schnieder – kgs

• Linda Braun – lbraun2000
• Michael Stephens – mstephens
• Meredith Farkas – librarianmer
• Steven Cohen – stevencohen
• ADA Community Library, Boise ID – adalib
• ALA – alaannual2007
• Cleveland Public Library – Cleveland_PL
• Lunar & Planetary Institute Library – LPI_Library
• UIUC Undergrad – askundergrad
• YALSA – yalsa

Thompson, Clive. “Clive Thompson on How Twitter Creates a Social Sixth Sense.” Wired vol 15 no 7 June 26, 2007.

Hamilton, Anita. “Why Everyone’s Talking About Twitter.” Time.,8599,1603637,00.html/.

“Internet Slang Phrases.” Wikipedia.

A Twitter search application

Makes long web addresses short!

Twitter search application.

Twitter. LibSuccess.

Get a copy of the SL Tweets HUD for L$1 at SL Exchange! (may require setting up an account and depositing Lindens!).

SLTweets understands the following commands:
(note: my Tweet HUD works on the channel 123; yours may be different!)

  • /<code> setup <username> <password>’ – Register and store your Twitter Username and Password
  • ‘/123 help’ – Get this help
  • ‘/123 reset reset’ – Resets the SLTweets hud clearing all settings
  • ‘/123 user’ – Display stored Username
  • ‘/123 usersite’ – Visit the Users Web Site
  • ‘/123 channel <channel>’ – Change the command channel
  • ‘/123 show|hide’ – Show or hide the HUD completely
  • ‘/123 post <message>’ – Post your message to
  • ‘/123 note <note>’ – Store note for current location
  • ‘/123 tag <tag,tag,tag>’ – Store tags for current location
  • ‘/123 search <criteria>’ – Search your tweets, notes and tags on SLTweets.Com

To record your location:

  1. Click on your map
  2. Click “Copy SLURL to clipboard”
  3. Paste into your tweet post

A SLURL looks like this:
where SIM = the name of the sim, and X, Y and Z are numerical coordinates:

Please note that if you click on a SLURL to teleport, you must launch Second Life, then open your map, where the region and coordinates will be filled into automatically, and then click to teleport.

May 20, 2008 at 9:47 pm Leave a comment

What Games Do You Play?

Any sports gamers out there? EA Sports has contracted Wieden + Kennedy to do a series of ads featuring real gamers who play Madden, NCAA Football, Tiger Woods PGA, NBA Live, NHL or Fifa Soccer. If you do, and are interested, contact Monica Ranes at monica DOT ranes AT gmail DOT com!

May 20, 2008 at 1:31 pm 2 comments

VTLA: Take a Bite Out of Teen Read Week!

Thanks to everyone who attended my session on Teen Read Week at the VT Library Association Conference.


Programs generated during the session:

Slides are online at Slideshare:

May 17, 2008 at 1:41 pm 1 comment

Get Your Game On! Gaming at the Library

Thank you to the Brantford (Ontario) Public Library for hosting me at a youth services cooperative workshop on May 16, 2008.

Slides from the presentation are online at:

Links are at:

EDIT: Find the following handouts online at

  • About DDR
  • DDR Solutions, a comparison chart of dance pads
  • Gaming Bibliography
  • Gaming Glossary
  • Reader’s Advisory to Gamers
  • Sample Permission Slip
  • Sample Photo Release for gaming programs
  • Sample Poster

May 16, 2008 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

Get Your Game On: Gaming with Teens at the Library

Thanks to everyone who attended my session at the King of Prussia (PA) Library on Videogaming with Teens at the Library!


(includes links from Lee Rush’s session on Developmental Assets)

Other tags of interest are bundled on my page under “King of Prussia” – scroll down and look for “King of Prussia” on the menu on the left.

Slides are posted on slideshare:

May 15, 2008 at 12:39 am Leave a comment

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