MOBAC Future Technologies Workshop - Libraries


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Presentation given May 2, 2008 by Danielle Kane

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MOBAC Future Technologies Workshop - Libraries

  1. 1. SECOND LIFE ® Virtual Worlds … Virtual Libraries MOBAC Future Technologies Workshop … May 2, 2008 Danielle Kane <ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hybrid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Space </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Participants UCLA Library Second Life Public Library Caledon Whitehorn Library UCB ALA Columbia University Alliance Library System California State University – Pomona Nature Publishing Group Harvard University UCI SJSU SLIS MIT Fairport Public Library The Bay School of San Francisco Drexel University IEEE UCLA New York University Topeka & Shawnee Co. Public Library Chapman University SUN Library Stanford New Media Consortium UCD UNC School of Info & Library Science Ball State University Pepperdine University St. Louis County Library UCSC
  3. 3. What do SL Libraries do? <ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Desk is staffed </li></ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul><ul><li>Email a librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Writers / book talks </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><li>External links </li></ul><ul><li>Web tools </li></ul><ul><li>Items made for SL </li></ul><ul><li>Database trials </li></ul><ul><li>Classes & Seminars </li></ul><ul><li>About using SL </li></ul><ul><li>For librarians </li></ul>
  4. 4. Public Libraries <ul><li>Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SL Public Library (18 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Libraries in Second Life (74 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarians of Second Life (902 members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alliance Library System </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Info Island International <ul><li>Alliance Library System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Special Libraries <ul><li>SL Consumer Health Library </li></ul><ul><li>National Library of Medicine grant </li></ul>
  7. 7. Academic Libraries Collections Services No Collections No Services Stanford UCSC VS.
  8. 8. Second Life Libraries <ul><li>Accessible </li></ul><ul><li>Contextual </li></ul><ul><li>Browsable </li></ul><ul><li>Social Center </li></ul><ul><li>Visual </li></ul><ul><li>Global </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving </li></ul>Second Life Libraries
  9. 9. Hybrid Models <ul><li>Mix of…. </li></ul><ul><li>Fully immersed </li></ul><ul><li>Completely Unique </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Caledon Library <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Collections of: </li></ul><ul><li>Victorian source material </li></ul><ul><li>Research materials </li></ul><ul><li>Secondary materials </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsors events: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Celebrations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Story sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lectures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Displays </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. My Role… <ul><li>Creating exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Building collections </li></ul><ul><li>Staff meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Associations </li></ul>Schools
  13. 13. Why Bother? <ul><li>Increased collaboration & interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Preparation for the future </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Explore collaborative service models </li></ul><ul><li>Use SL as a mode of networking by attending conferences and talks </li></ul><ul><li>SL projects don’t need to be large, start small </li></ul><ul><li>Join the Google Group alliancesecondlife </li></ul><ul><li>Think of added value, what can your library contribute in terms of unique resources </li></ul><ul><li>Explore Second Life: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What would you need to know to move to another MUVE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Envision instruction in 5+ years and a MUVE is more integrated </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Get an account, create an avatar and explore the educational and library spaces </li></ul>How you can get involved…
  15. 15. Challenges… <ul><li>Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Computing Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Perceptions </li></ul><ul><li>Management </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Curve </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertainty / Changes </li></ul><ul><li>Lag Monster </li></ul><ul><li>Item Loss </li></ul><ul><li>New Capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Breakage </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  16. 16. Land for projects <ul><li>Campus: Second Life (Linden Labs) </li></ul><ul><li>Apply for free temporary space on Adult or Teen grids when available </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Private Islands or Mainland Plots (Linden Labs) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>50% discount for verified real world educators and schools/academic institutions or 501(c)3 non-profit </li></ul><ul><li>Info Archipelago (Alliance Library System & Partners) </li></ul><ul><li>Move your own island to the Info Archipelago OR </li></ul><ul><li>Lease small or large parcels: $100-400 year (lots) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  17. 17. Resources for More Information <ul><li>Directory of Libraries and Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Website </li></ul><ul><li> http: //secondlife .com/ </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> http: //infoisland .org/ </li></ul><ul><li>The Library Militant: Caledon Library News </li></ul>
  18. 18. Second Life URL’s (SLurl) <ul><li>Caledon Whitehorn library </li></ul><ul><li>ALA Island </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>InfoIsland International </li></ul><ul><li>NMC </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. Conclusion <ul><li>Danielle Kane </li></ul><ul><li>SL: Mica Braun </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
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