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OPAL Meeting Room Information


What is OPAL?
Where is SCLS's OPAL meeting room?
How do I use the meeting room?
Hardware and software requirements


 

What is OPAL?

OPAL is Online Programming for All Libraries, a collaborative effort by libraries to provide web-based programs for library users and staff.

South Central's OPAL "meeting room" provides an online gathering place similar to WisLine Web where members can communicate via text chatting, synchronized browsing, and voice-over-IP.

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Where is SCLS's OPAL meeting room?

The OPAL meeting room is available at http://www.conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsb5e4ce1de889
Once the software is installed on your computer, click on the orange "Click here to enter the room" button.  Enter your name and ignore the password field.  No password is needed to participate in an OPAL session.

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How do I use the meeting room?

The OPAL web site provides general instructions for using an OPAL Online Meeting Room. Most presenters will also give a brief introduction that includes instructions on speaking, text chatting, and following along with slides.

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Hardware and software requirements

Before you attend your first OPAL session, you will need to install a small plug-in on your computer.

For SCLS Member Public Libraries:

If you are on a non-LINK computer, you may be able to install the plug-in yourself. Go to the meeting room, click "Download Here," and follow the directions. For assistance, please contact Dan at 608-577-0788.

If you are on a LINK computer, please contact the Help Desk at 608-242-4710.

Your PC will need working speakers and a microphone to participate in the voice-over-IP discussion. If you do not have a microphone, please request one from Jean at 608-246-5613.

For SCLS MALC Member libraries and non-SCLS participants:

You may be able to install the plug-in yourself. Go to the meeting room, click "Download Here," and follow the directions.  Please contact your IT department or staff member for technical assistance.  Help and documentation is also available on the OPAL Online web site.

Depending on the presentation, you may need other software. When you register for a program, the presenter will tell you if that is the case.

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For more information about Continuing Education, contact Jean Anderson.