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Libraries in the Metaverse

March 15, 2007 at ImaginOn, Charlotte, NC

Presenters Matt Gullett, Kelly Czarnecki, and Rhonda Trueman will discuss and demonstrate the new frontier of virtual library services developing in Second Life, a 3-D virtual online universe.

Kelly Czarcecki is the Technology Education Librarian for ImaginOn, a branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. She works with teens and kids at the library to help them build literacy skills for the 21st century. Kelly has been involved in Second Life with the Alliance Library System since April 2006. She currently is co-leader of a project on Teen Second Life to develop library services for teens in this 3D environment.

Rhonda Trueman is reference librarian at Johnson & Wales University Charlotte. The potential for education in virtual worlds drew her to Second Life and through her work with the Second Life Library she has helped to bring library resources and programs into this environment. Currently serving as the Assistant Director /Director of Operations for the Second Life Library, she heads the collections effort there and works with various groups on projects and events.

Matt Gullett is the Emerging Technology Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. He manages Virtual Village which is currently a place that offers computer/Internet access and learning. In this role he is creating new services and experiences around the expansive world of digital culture. He was previously the manager of IT Services in Bloomington, IL where he directed the efforts of the Library's Community Technology Center, founded the Bloomington Normal Film Festival, the Students Involved with Technology Conference and the Game Fest initiative in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. He was named a 2006 Mover and Shaker by Library Journal for being a trendsetter and youth/teen activist.

Information Literacy at Any Speed: Point of Service, One-Shots, or Credit Courses

June 14, 2007 at Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC

Featuring Joanna Burkhardt and Mary MacDonald, authors of the book Creating a Comprehensive Information Literacy Plan: A How-To-Do-It Manual and Teaching Information Literacy: 35 Practical, Standards-Based Exercises for College Students.

Novello Festival Press: Grassroots Publishing with National Impact

September 20, 2007 at Morrison Regional Library, Charlotte, NC

Coffee and Conversation with Novello Festival Press Founder & Publisher Amy Rogers. Did you know that Charlotte is the home of the only public library funded literary publisher in the United States? One lucky participant will win a copy of the forthcoming NFP title Absolution, by Miriam Herin, to be released in October 2007 (the winner will receive a gift certificate, redeemable when the book is released). Two participants will each win a copy of Thriving in the Shadows: The Black Experience in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County by Fannie Flono, Associate Editor of The Charlotte Observer. This February 2007 release contains more than 100 archival photographs that were contributed by members of Charlotte’s African American community. Every participant will receive the book Novello: Ten Years of Great American Writing. This anthology, which features 25 short works from such renowned writers as Pat Conroy, Tom Wolfe and others who have appeared at the Novello festival, received the first of four Independent Publisher Book Awards award to NFP. Learn more about NFP at http://novellopress.org/.

Making Contact with Millennials

November 27, 2007 at the Art Institute of Charlotte, NC

Thomas Cooper has spent his professional life in the communication field, beginning as a broadcast journalist a year before graduating from high school and continuing in that capacity for almost 10 years. He also worked as an official spokesman for public and private agencies and was a sales and marketing representative for IBM.

In 1978, Cooper was appointed Assistant Press Secretary to Governor Hugh L. Carey of New York. Two years later, he moved to the Office of General Services, New York's most complex state agency, where he was director of Public Relations and Public Information for nine years. He also served as a training and education program developer in the New York Department of Correctional Services.

Cooper was appointed by New York Governor Mario Cuomo to be Executive Director of the State Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission in 1985, the only fulltime government entity in the US dedicated to programs and activities related to Dr. King's principals. From it emerged the NY State Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence, and Cooper became its first Executive Director. Cooper also served as a consultant in Europe including Soviet and post-Soviet Union Russia, Lithuania, Czechoslovakia, Germany and Sweden. He holds a Master's degree in social policy and a bachelor's in public administration.

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