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WebJunction Offers Web Conferencing Service for Libraries

WebJunction (http://webjunction.org) is offering a new Web conferencing service for libraries called Live Space. WebJunction said the service combines robust and feature-rich, yet easy-to-use, technology with the training and support to use it successfully. For the first year, it can only accept a limited number of Live Space Partners, on a first come/first served basis. In the future, it hopes to be able to accommodate all who are interested in the service. Through the combination of collective purchasing and WebJunction subsidizing technology costs, WebJunction is able to offer 1 year of unlimited access for $2,000 per organization.

Live Space uses Horizon Wimba's Live Classroom (www.horizonwimba.com), an accessible, cross-platform, virtual classroom and meeting space that offers the following features:

  • Voice over IP with an integrated telephone bridge option
  • A clean, easy-to-use interface
  • Small or no download (requires users to have Java)
  • Public and private text chat
  • Polling and Quizzing
  • Desktop sharing that includes remote control capability
  • E-board sharing with full annotation tools
  • Breakout rooms
  • Session recording that captures all activity, including public chat
  • Section 508-compliant with closed captioning and screen reader accessibility

WebJunction is an online community portal for library staff. WebJunction is now supported in part by OCLC, by grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, by its partners in state library agencies and other library service organizations, and by the library community.

Source: WebJunction



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