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.