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Opal Scpl 02192008

  1. 1. OPAL Online Programming for All Libraries www.opal-online.org Dr. Curtis R. Rogers [email_address] SC State Library February 19, 2008
  2. 2. What is OPAL? <ul><li>OPAL is an international collaborative effort by libraries and other organizations to provide web-based programs and training for library users and library staff members. </li></ul><ul><li>These live events are held in online rooms where participants can interact via voice-over-IP, text chatting, synchronized browsing, and other functions. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone is welcome to participate in OPAL programs. Usually there is no need to register. Nearly all OPAL programs are offered free of charge to participants. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.tapinformation.com/WILD200706.wmv </li></ul>
  3. 3. OPAL History <ul><li>Originally administered by the Alliance Library System , the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, and the Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service. </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Peters - coordinator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>email: tpeters @ tapinformation .com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>voice: 816-228-6406 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OPAL “Room” $500/year – 25 seats </li></ul>
  4. 4. SC Libraries <ul><li>Georgetown County </li></ul><ul><li>SC State Library </li></ul><ul><li>USC Upstate </li></ul>
  5. 6. What you need… <ul><li>Headset with microphone </li></ul><ul><li>PC with Speakers </li></ul>
  6. 7. Free Archive <ul><li>Book discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Fun, Games, Recreation </li></ul><ul><li>History/Genealogy </li></ul><ul><li>Health/Wellness </li></ul><ul><li>LIS </li></ul><ul><li>Music </li></ul><ul><li>Special Events, Conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul><ul><li>Visual Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting & Orientation Sessions </li></ul>
  7. 8. Schedule of Events <ul><li>See web site </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.opal-online.org/archive.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sign up for OPAL Announce </li></ul>
  8. 9. SCSL Uses <ul><li>DISCUS Training </li></ul><ul><li>E-Rate Training </li></ul><ul><li>International Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Book Discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Record Sessions/Create Archive </li></ul>

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