Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Skype to Provide Technology for LIVEbrary!

Take a deep breath... We are pleased to announce that Skype Technologies, makers of the fabulously successful online communications software, Skype, has agreed to assist Annick Press with the upcoming LIVEbrary program on Media Awareness.

Skype will provide the interface for the live chat portion of the program. We will be using Skype's Chat module for Q&A sessions with our team of authors and experts.

If you aren't using Skype already, you are really missing something. Skype members can call other Skype members anywhere in the world for free and have realtime conversations over a computer that are similar in quality to a cell phone call. Save your minutes and use Skype!

In addition to voice communications, Skype offers video chat, text chat, file transfer, easy sharing of URLs, conference calling, and conference chatting. Skype is free to download and easy to install.

Teachers and Librarians: If you want your classrooms to participate in the LIVEbrary chats, you need to install the Skype software and register in advance. Some organizations may have policies against installing Skype software. Please contact your media specialist if you have questions about your school or library policy. For those who cannot participate through Skype, we offer email and blog alternatives for sending questions and getting answers from our team of authors and experts.

Help Is Available! We have web tutorials and real people available to assist with Skype installations. We'll be adding practice times, too, so you can play with Skype in advance of the chats.

Skype was founded in 2003 and sold to eBay in 2005. As of August this year, Skype has over 200 million users worldwide. The Skype software contains no adware, spyware, or malware -- they pride themselves on a clean, non-commercial interface. The planning team behind the LIVEbrary has been using Skype for our weekly meetings and we love it. You will too.

Let us know if you have questions or need assistance.

Producer, The LIVEbrary

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