AlexLib - Study in Virtual Communities

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The Alexandrian Free Library: A study in Virtual Community

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  • Second Life Library ProfilesThe Alexandrian Free Library: A study in Virtual CommunityIn the virtual world Second Life, libraries have become integral parts of many online communities yet still have a number of unique challenges. Some arise from the nature of the virtual environment, others from the fact that all our patrons are highly sophisticated computer users. This session describes the role of libraries in the Second Life, focusing on the Alexandrian Free Library System which is a consortium of community-based libraries operating in Second Life, including the communities of Caledon and Steelhead. Caledon is a large community where the library system resembles a real-life public library system with several neighborhood branches. Steelhead is a small town that recently decided to open its own public library. Using "images from the field" to show the libraries' presence, our speakers look at how the libraries were created; how their online collections are selected and organized; and how their reference service, online exhibits, book groups, poetry readings, storytelling, and other activities have become an integral part of these online social networking communities.In the virtual world Second Life, libraries have become integral parts of many online communities yet still have a number of unique challenges. Some arise from the nature of the virtual environment, others from the fact that all our patrons are highly sophisticated computer users. This session describes the role of libraries in the Second Life including the Alexandrian Free Library System which is a consortium of community-based libraries operating in Second Life as well as the communities of Caledon and Steelhead. Caledon is a large community where the library system resembles a real-life public library system with several neighborhood branches. Steelhead is a small town that recently decided to open its own public library. Using stimulating photos to show the libraries' presence, our speakers look at how the libraries were created; how their online collections are selected and organized; and how their reference service, online exhibits, book groups, poetry readings, storytelling, and other activities have become an integral part of these online social networking communities.
  • AlexLib - Study in Virtual Communities

    1. 1. Second Life Library Profiles The Alexandrian Free Library A study in Virtual Community
    2. 2. AFL The Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Community-based Libraries In, and beyond, Second Life Is a
    3. 3. What We Do Presence Services Exhibits Collections In, and beyond, Second Life Commune Consult Aid Abet Advise
    4. 4. Libraries Presence
    5. 5. Services Commune Consult Aid Abet Advise In, and beyond, Second Life
    6. 6. Exhibits x y z w
    7. 7. Libraries Collections
    8. 8. Events y
    9. 9. Challenges Giving patrons something they can’t give themselves Fitting in as the Iconic library While functioning as a modern library
    10. 10. Giving Patrons Something They Can’t Give Themselves
    11. 11. Fitting in as the Iconic Library
    12. 12. Challenges Identifying Patron use patterns Identifying Community needs When these are not yet in practice!
    13. 13. Opportunities Presenting the historical record in ways that are graspable, yet lead in to the broadest vista Finding where Library & Museum techniques meet & supplement each other Pleasures! of Reading, of Knowing Expanding into the age of massive networked digital content Turning the new bibliophile on to what’s Out There
    14. 14. Opportunities Patrons = Partners Third Place Adult play Living Imaginative Lives Living Literate Lives
    15. 15. Opportunities The Alexandrian Free Library User-Focused Tool In, and beyond, Second Life Is a
    16. 16. Images from the Field
    17. 17. The Caledon Library is a Branch of The Alexandrian Free Library
    18. 18. The Caledon Library
    19. 19. The Steelhead Public Library is a Member of The Alexandrian Free Library
    20. 20. The Steelhead Public Library
    21. 21. The New Toulouse Library is an Affiliate of The Alexandrian Free Library
    22. 22. The New Toulouse Library
    23. 23. The Winterfell Library is a Branch of The Alexandrian Free Library
    24. 24. The Winterfell Library
    25. 25. SLL2 The Alexandrian Free Library is pleased to be known to be affiliated with The Second Life Library 2.0 Of The Info Island Archipelago Consortial 2
    26. 26. URLs I: Tools <ul><li>Twitter Box for SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ordinalmalaprop.com/twitter/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: http://twitter.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog-HUD Second Life blogging system: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://bloghud.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Caledon Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://thelibrarymilitant.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Steelhead Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://library.steelheadcity.us/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Custom Search Engine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://google.com/coop/cse?cx=015330499799466611175%3Aaf0xg9rscyg </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feedback Gathering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://caledonlibrary.wufoo.com/forms/caledon-library-aetheric-opinion-gathering-gizmo/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://caledonlibrary.wufoo.com/forms/suggest-a-link-to-the-aether/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://caledonlibrary.wufoo.com/forms/caledon-library-reference-links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>/ http://spreadsheets.google.com/gform?key=pjNsh_C87QT9_mkXapRqgEA </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. URLs II: Community <ul><li>Community Forums & Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://steelheadsentinel.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.caledonforums.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.caledonwiki.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Calendars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/5zknb9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=gabrielle.riel%40comcast.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/5w3m8g </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogosphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://caerfyrddin.org/mostlycaledon.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRj3HNx8_wA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFaeyQqftS0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o57nvrgx-24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3C7deS8u4J8 </li></ul></ul>
    28. 28. Thank you! Jean Hewlet Played by Riven Homewood [email_address] JJ Jacobson Played by JJ Drinkwater [email_address]

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