One Big Library

This came in my email today:

Announcing the One Big Library Unconference

    http://onebiglibrary.yorku.ca/

    E-mail: onebig@yorku.ca

    When: Friday 27 June 2008, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

    Where: The Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Avenue,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    “It seems like there are lot of different kinds of libraries:
public libraries, school libraries, university libraries, college
libraries, law libraries, medical libraries, corporate libraries,
special libraries, private libraries. But really there’s just One Big
Library, with branches all over the world.”

    The One Big Library Unconference is a one-day gathering of
librarians, technologists, and other interested people, talking about
the present and future of libraries.

    It’s organized and sponsored by York University Libraries and
members of the YUL Emerging Technologies Interest Group: Stacy Allison-
Cassin, William Denton, and John Dupuis.

    In an interconnected world, all physical and virtual libraries can
really be thought of as branches of One Big Library. We would like to
get together and explore that concept. Areas of interest:

        * The future of libraries
        * Collaboration on building One Big Library collections and
services
        * Uses of social software in libraries
        * Tools to support and extend the One Big Library

    Our goals are:

        * Bringing people interested in the future of libraries
together with the hope of sparking collaboration and cooperation
        * Starting conversations between people in different kinds of
libraries, and people inside and outside libraries

Virtual World Hits the Road

Is your first life getting in the way of your second life? Does your avatar get cranky if left unattended too long? Are real life meetings a bore compared to in-world events? Pop into Second Life whenever you want, using your mobile phone.

Vollee has just released a video demonstrating Second Life running on a mobile phone. The application is still in beta, but you can sign up at http://www.vollee.com/secondlife

The app is free, but you’ll need to know a) if your phone is compatible (check the website) and b) what your phone service charges for airtime. If I can get my phone to run the program, I’ll be reviewing the usability of the application in the very near future.