CHICAGO—The American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce that Kitty Pope, executive director of the Alliance Library System, and the international collaborative group of librarians working on Alliance Second Life Library, are the 2007 recipients of the ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award.
This annual award consists of $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement to honor an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, application of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting.
Pope and the Alliance Second Life Library librarians are recognized for their ground breaking work in the development of a 3D virtual world library, for forging new partnerships within the virtual world, and for providing programs, services, and materials to the more than 1.3 million residents who inhabit Second Life.
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Since opening its virtual doors in April 2006, the Alliance Second Life Library http://alliancelibraries.info/secondlife.htm has expanded its presence to include locations on Info Islands I&II, HealthInfo Island, The Caledon (19th century) Branch Library, Cybrary City Islands, and the Teen Second Life “Eye4YouAlliance,” where engaging activities and interactions occur in a collaborative, social/learning space.
“The librarians, volunteers, and partners of Alliance Second Life Library understand the importance of being ‘there’ and providing library services in a virtual world. Similarly, they "remain dedicated to promoting the value and use of real world libraries for real people. Through their innovative efforts, Kitty Pope and the Alliance Second Life Library project have created a phenomenal Library of the Future for which they are more than deserving of the award that bears the same name,” said jury chair Norice Lee.
The deadline for submissions of applications for the 2008 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award is December 1, 2007. Guidelines and application forms are available on the ALA Web site: http://www.ala.org/ala/awardsbucket/libraryofthefutu/libraryfuture.htm.
Members of the 2007 ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award Jury are: Norice Lee (chair), El Paso Public Library; Steven M. Adams,
The ALA/Information Today Library of the Future Award will be presented on Tuesday, June 26, 2007, during the ALA Annual Conference in
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