Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education and Museums Conference

The Alliance Library System, a consortium of libraries in Illinois, is sponsoring the second annual online “Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education and Museums Conference” on April 24-25, 2009.

The conference aims to be a gathering place for librarians, educators and others to explore new opportunities for education and outreach in virtual worlds.  Some of the topics at this year’s conference include:

  • The Immersive Virtual Natural History Experience
  • Virtual Heritage Preservation, An Unfulfilled American Necessity
  • Visual Representation of Chemical Data in Virtual Worlds
  • Planning an Event in Second Life
  • History-Related Sites and Museums in Second Life: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Keynote speakers are Jeremy Kemp, San Jose State University, discussing his project connecting Moodle and Second Life and Bryan Carter from the University of Central Missouri who developed Virtual Harlem, Virtual Montmarte and other islands in Second Life.  Anders Gronstedt, a consultant who works will Dell, Sun and other companies and who has written for the Harvard Business Review, will discuss how businesses use virtual worlds to improve workplace performance.

Registration is $49 and you can find out more information on the event at their website, .