OPAL: Online Programs for All (no longer active)
OPAL was an international collaborative effort by libraries and other organizations of all types to provide
web-based programs and training for library users and library staff members.
These live events were held in online rooms where participants interacted
via voice-over-IP, text chatting, synchronized browsing, and more.
Examples of OPAL public online programs included 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
OPAL wss administered by
TAP Information Services, a small company that helped
organizations innovate. OPAL was founded in 2003 by
the Alliance Library System,
the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center, and the
Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service. OPAL ceased operating in 2012, but the archive of previously recorded
programs is still available in the archive section of this website.
For more information about OPAL, please contact Tom Peters (email
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 309-660-3648).