Questions and Answers in a Virtual World : Educators and Librarians as Information Providers in Second Life Dr. Lorri Mon,...
Active Worlds  http://www.activeworlds.com There.com  http://www.there.com  Getty Art Museum in Whyville Whyville http://w...
IBM SUN  MICRO- SYSTEMS DELL SONY BMG DELL Second Life http://www.secondlife.com CDC Launched in 2003; 10 million+ registe...
Research Questions <ul><li>How does embodiment as an avatar within a virtual world impact the information-seeking interact...
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 &quot;are you really a librarian?”   a “conservative” or “profes...
Avatar and Self Identity <ul><li>“ all my avatars look like me or express the real me in some way ...” </li></ul><ul><li>&...
“ the majority of  Questions  are about SL” “a lot of How to's... and Where do I start's” <ul><li>How to (examples): </li>...
Answers , Information Tools & Objects <ul><li>Worn by info providers: </li></ul><ul><li>radar hud </li></ul><ul><li>Babble...
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 Theatr...
Experiential  Learning  Spaces Roma: Notecard gives the history of Trajan’s Column in ancient Rome Inset: Clickable Latin ...
Virtual World Information Spaces “ there's still a personal space issue…”
Wish List for Info Providers <ul><li>more prims per parcel  </li></ul><ul><li>to be able to do real html ... create and di...
Examples of universities, libraries and nonprofit organizations in Second Life Glenview Public Library U. of North Carolin...
To contact me: Email:  [email_address]  or SL: Lorri Momiji Mon, L.  (2009). “Questions and Answers in a Virtual World : E...
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  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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.)
  4. 4. Research Questions <ul><li>How does embodiment as an avatar within a virtual world impact the information-seeking interaction between information service providers and information seekers? </li></ul><ul><li>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? </li></ul><ul><li>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? </li></ul>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
  5. 5. LIS 5916 Class, Sept. 19, 2007
  6. 6. The Working Environment: Information Architectures Princeton U. UNC-CH FSU MYTHICA DREXEL
  7. 7. The Working Environment: Alexandrine Libraries The Library of Alexandria Hobbit Shire Library 1800’s Dirigible Library
  8. 8. The Information Providers’ Role: Presentation of the Self &quot;are you really a librarian?” a “conservative” or “professional” appearance [“ my alt has blue hair ”] Issues of Trust: &quot;...from brand newbie to well-dressed...&quot; n00bs vs. residents
  9. 9. Avatar and Self Identity <ul><li>“ all my avatars look like me or express the real me in some way ...” </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;I feel weird coming inworld as my alt ... it is like pretending! i feel like this is really me.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;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 &quot;approachable.” </li></ul>“ I wanted it to look like myself”
  10. 10. “ the majority of Questions are about SL” “a lot of How to's... and Where do I start's” <ul><li>How to (examples): </li></ul><ul><li>earn money in SL? </li></ul><ul><li>learn to build or script? </li></ul><ul><li>dance / stop dancing </li></ul><ul><li>join a non-profit </li></ul><ul><li>clothes / hair </li></ul><ul><li>communicating </li></ul><ul><li>Where to (examples): </li></ul><ul><li>go to learn skills </li></ul><ul><li>find interesting sims </li></ul><ul><li>find educational places </li></ul><ul><li>find specific places, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is there a sim here for.... </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>where is … </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Specialists (law & health/medical librarians) reported more RL questions than generalists (reference librarians, educators) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>divorce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>disability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>diseases and prognoses </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Answers , Information Tools & Objects <ul><li>Worn by info providers: </li></ul><ul><li>radar hud </li></ul><ul><li>Babbler </li></ul><ul><li>costumes </li></ul><ul><li>Given out: </li></ul><ul><li>notecards </li></ul><ul><li>landmarks </li></ul><ul><li>textures </li></ul><ul><li>objects </li></ul><ul><li>In the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Whiteboard (ppts) </li></ul><ul><li>Thinc book </li></ul><ul><li>Objects w/info </li></ul><ul><li>calendars </li></ul><ul><li>teleport map </li></ul><ul><li>time zone map </li></ul><ul><li>video </li></ul><ul><li>podcast/radio </li></ul>SCRIPT BOOK TEXT CHAT PODCAST NOTECARD TEXTURE/IMAGE VIDEO LINKS
  12. 12. Asynchronous Answers: Games and Chatbots Notre Dame _blacklibrary
  13. 13. NOAA Weather Demo NOAA Hurricane Sim Sistine Chapel - Vassar Roma – Classical Rome Reuters News Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Immersive and Interactive
  14. 14. Experiential Learning Spaces Roma: Notecard gives the history of Trajan’s Column in ancient Rome Inset: Clickable Latin graffiti
  15. 15. Virtual World Information Spaces “ there's still a personal space issue…”
  16. 16. Wish List for Info Providers <ul><li>more prims per parcel </li></ul><ul><li>to be able to do real html ... create and display interactive html pages in world </li></ul><ul><li>ability to create or at least easily display external databases to store info </li></ul><ul><li>being able to drag from my desktop directly into SL -- like WORD documents. </li></ul><ul><li>to be able to search my inventory by creator of item </li></ul><ul><li>to be able to query the system for where all the things I've made are </li></ul><ul><li>to be able to query objects for their scripts </li></ul><ul><li>to be able to track when people copy and pass around an info-object that I made </li></ul>
  17. 17. 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?
  18. 18. 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
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