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Quick Links

Master Schedule
The complete schedule of upcoming OPAL public online events.

Auditorium
Most OPAL programs are held in the Auditorium. After clicking on the link above, type in your name and press Enter. First-time OPAL users need to install a small, safe sofware plug-in.

Archive
Recordings and other documents about previous OPAL programs.

Podcast
For information on listening to previous OPAL events on your portable MP3 player, visit the OPAL Podcast blog.

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More About OPAL,
an International Collaborative Initiative


OPAL is a collaborative effort by libraries of all types to provide cooperative web-based programming and training for library users and library staff members.


These live, online events are held in an online auditorium where participants can interact via voice-over-IP, text chatting, and synchronized browsing.


OPAL allows library patrons and library staff members to participate in online library programs from anywhere. Everyone is welcome to participate in OPAL programs, and libraries of all types are encouraged to become OPAL members.


By collaborating within OPAL, libraries are able to develop online programs together and offer a rich array of public online programs for all library users.


Examples of OPAL public online programs include book discussion programs, interviews, special events, library training, memoir writing workshops, and virtual tours of special digital library collections.


Participating OPAL libraries develop and deliver online programs, events, and meetings using software from Talking Communities.


OPAL is administered by the TAP Information Service, a company that helps organizations innovate.


If you would like more information about OPAL, please contact us.



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