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“Educators and Librarians as Information Providers in a Virtual World” - presentation at VWLEM Conference 2009

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  • Questions and Answers in a Virtual World : Educators and Librarians as Information Providers in Second Life Dr. Lorri Mon, Florida State University SIG-USE Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award, 2007
  • Active Worlds http://www.activeworlds.com There.com http://www.there.com Getty Art Museum in Whyville Whyville http://www.whyville.net * The Blue Book: A Consumer Guide to Virtual Worlds http://www.associationofvirtualworlds.com/press_room.htm Habbo Hotel http://habbo.com
  • IBM SUN MICRO- SYSTEMS DELL SONY BMG DELL Second Life http://www.secondlife.com CDC Launched in 2003; 10 million+ registered (6 million unique registered users) free basic accounts in 2006; audio in 2007; over 80 universities, many libraries; 390 square miles of virtual land (6 times the size of D.C.)
  • Research Questions
    • How does embodiment as an avatar within a virtual world impact the information-seeking interaction between information service providers and information seekers?
    • Are there aspects to virtual worlds self-presentation by information seekers or information service providers that inhibit or are detrimental to the success of an information interaction?
    • Are there aspects to virtual worlds self-presentation by information seekers or information service providers that enhance or facilitate the success of an information interaction?
    Interviews, observations and screenshots are used in examining the self-presentations, working environments & information objects used by virtual world information providers; analysis is framed by Erving Goffman’s work on self-presentation & information control. Method
  • LIS 5916 Class, Sept. 19, 2007
  • The Working Environment: Information Architectures Princeton U. UNC-CH FSU MYTHICA DREXEL
  • The Working Environment: Alexandrine Libraries The Library of Alexandria Hobbit Shire Library 1800’s Dirigible Library
  • The Information Providers’ Role: Presentation of the Self "are you really a librarian?” a “conservative” or “professional” appearance [“ my alt has blue hair ”] Issues of Trust: "...from brand newbie to well-dressed..." n00bs vs. residents
  • Avatar and Self Identity
    • “ all my avatars look like me or express the real me in some way ...”
    • "I feel weird coming inworld as my alt ... it is like pretending! i feel like this is really me."
    • "I am not comfortable with the idea of creating a male alt and pretending it is me although I have a male friend who uses a female alt at the ref desk because she is more "approachable.”
    “ I wanted it to look like myself”
  • “ the majority of Questions are about SL” “a lot of How to's... and Where do I start's”
    • How to (examples):
    • earn money in SL?
    • learn to build or script?
    • dance / stop dancing
    • join a non-profit
    • clothes / hair
    • communicating
    • Where to (examples):
    • go to learn skills
    • find interesting sims
    • find educational places
    • find specific places, e.g.
      • is there a sim here for....
      • where is …
    • Specialists (law & health/medical librarians) reported more RL questions than generalists (reference librarians, educators)
      • divorce
      • disability
      • diseases and prognoses
  • Answers , Information Tools & Objects
    • Worn by info providers:
    • radar hud
    • Babbler
    • costumes
    • Given out:
    • notecards
    • landmarks
    • textures
    • objects
    • In the environment
    • Whiteboard (ppts)
    • Thinc book
    • Objects w/info
    • calendars
    • teleport map
    • time zone map
    • video
    • podcast/radio
    SCRIPT BOOK TEXT CHAT PODCAST NOTECARD TEXTURE/IMAGE VIDEO LINKS
  • Asynchronous Answers: Games and Chatbots Notre Dame _blacklibrary
  • NOAA Weather Demo NOAA Hurricane Sim Sistine Chapel - Vassar Roma – Classical Rome Reuters News Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Immersive and Interactive
  • Experiential Learning Spaces Roma: Notecard gives the history of Trajan’s Column in ancient Rome Inset: Clickable Latin graffiti
  • Virtual World Information Spaces “ there's still a personal space issue…”
  • Wish List for Info Providers
    • more prims per parcel
    • to be able to do real html ... create and display interactive html pages in world
    • ability to create or at least easily display external databases to store info
    • being able to drag from my desktop directly into SL -- like WORD documents.
    • to be able to search my inventory by creator of item
    • to be able to query the system for where all the things I've made are
    • to be able to query objects for their scripts
    • to be able to track when people copy and pass around an info-object that I made
  • Examples of universities, libraries and nonprofit organizations in Second Life Glenview Public Library U. of North Carolina-CH - LIS Shawnee-Topeka PL San Jose State U- LIS Clearwater Public Library, FL American Cancer Society Princeton U. UIUC - LIS Questions?
  • To contact me: Email: [email_address] or SL: Lorri Momiji Mon, L. (2009). “Questions and Answers in a Virtual World : Educators and Librarians as Information Providers in Second Life.” Journal of Virtual Worlds Research , Volume 2, Number 1 (April 2009) . http://www.jvwresearch.org/v2n1_Mon.html