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Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation Panel @ ALA Annual 2007

What exactly is social networking and Second Life? What are these and games doing in libraries? How is it affecting our profession? If you’ve ever found yourself asking these questions or wanted to know more, then the ‘Participatory Networks:
the Library as Conversation’ Washington Office breakout session is for you. R. David Lankes of Syracuse University will moderate a panel of experts and practicing librarians on how libraries can use technology to engage their patrons. This panel features:

  • John Lester (AKA Pathfinder Linden), Boston Operations Director, Linden Labs, Boston, discussing Second Life;
  • Eli Nieburger, Technology Manager at Ann Arbor (MI) District Library, covering gaming in the library.
  • Kitty Pope, Executive Director of Alliance Library System, talking about how libraries can use Second Life;
  • Angela Semifero, Deputy Director of Marshall (MI) District Library, presenting how libraries can use social networking sites to engage patrons.

Please join us for this exciting panel as part of the ALA Washington Office Update break-out session on Saturday, June 23rd, from 10:30-12:00 in Room 143B of the Washington Convention Center.

You can read the paper that his session is based upon at

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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