21st Century Libraries: A Virtual Renaissance

Posted March 07, 2013, at 12:46 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 5:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Location: Bangor Public Library, 145, Harlow Street, Bangor, ME

For more information: Sue Bricknell; 207 947 8336;

Amy Cross, a University of Maine Humanities Initiatives Graduate Assistant and Sonja Plummer-Morgan, Library Director, City of Presque Isle, will present a workshop at the Bangor Public Library for school educators, librarians and other interested people. Ms Cross and Ms Plummer-Morgan will discuss the myriad possibilities for virtual libraries and virtual books, using Second Life and other online tools. This program is “satellite” event of the University of Maine’s spring symposium, titled “Bibliopoetics: The Art and Future of the Book.”

Many libraries are already working in the virtual world. This workshop will exhibit ways to raise public interest and present work to a worldwide audience. It will discuss the uses of Virtual World technology in Library and Education settings to enhance learning goals and outcomes. It will include a tour through Second Life, a 3D virtual community, and explore The Four Bridges Project, the community that Amy has created there, which includes a representation of the Bangor Public Library.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine launched the University of Maine Humanities Initiative (UMHI) a couple of years ago to elevate and support the humanities at UMaine and, equally important, to develop outreach programs that foster collaborations between its humanities researchers/programs and the citizens, policymakers, educators, and many cultural/humanities organizations in the State of Maine. Such partnerships are vital to the civic well-being of the state and to the health of the humanities on and off campus.

This program is free. Anyone interested is invited to attend.