Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Libraries on the MUVE: HealthInfo Island to Provide Accessibility Resource Center in Second Life

On two posts on Infoisland.org the Second Life Library project gives information on a very exciting new project connected to HealthInfo Island focussed on exhibits, programs, and awareness about accessibility and assistive technology and about virtual world accessibility to people with disabilities. Please excuse the partly reproduction of the post below. I think it is that important!

Libraries on the MUVe: HealthInfo Island to Provide Accessibility Resource Center in Second Life. The Alliance Library System receives grant to provide resources on MUVEs and accessibility.

Alliance Library System(ALS) and iViNNiE.com are pleased to announce new services to be offered on HealthInfo Island in the 3d virtual world of Second Life.

Alliance received a grant from the National Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Region to build upon the consumer health outreach currently done on HealthInfo Island. HealthInfo Island is part of the Alliance Info Archipelago, a group of islands collaborating to provide library and educational services. ........

Through this project, ALS will offer exhibits, programs, and awareness about accessibility and assistive technology and about virtual world accessibility in general for Second Life residents. iViNNiE.com is funding the accessibility resource center which will provide a wealth of information on accessibility, second life training programs, and be staffed for several hours per week. iViNNiE.com is also providing funding for scholarships for up to 60 individuals with disabilities to join Second Life.

“We are very pleased to offer these much needed information services and access to people with disabilities,” stated Kitty Pope, Executive Director of the Alliance Library System. “There are currently a number of supportgroups for stroke victims, autism, augsberger syndrome and a number of others. Many of these people cannot leave their homes and will benefit from library services we can provide online.” “The virtual environment of Second Life offers opportunities for education, information, and social interaction for people with very real needs,” added Edita Kaye, CEO of iViNNiE.com. “I can’t think of a more innovative and exciting group to make happen than The Library Alliance and I’m delighted to be part of this amazing project. And I urge all other organizations to visit and contribute to help make Second Life a first home for everyone.”

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This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract with the University of Illinois at Chicago

For more information on this project, please contact Project Director Lori Bell at Alliance Library System at lbell@alliancelibrarysystem.com or as Lorelei Junot in Second Life.

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