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Lorri Mon - brief research overview, 2008

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    • Research Overview for Dr. Kyunghye Kim’s Foundation class Dr. Lorri Mon, Assistant Professor Florida State University College of Information November 17, 2008
    • IMLS Grant: the Internet Public Library
    • Geography of the information service –library through which the user asks a question of the statewide service ; Geography of the question –library to which a user’s question may be rerouted, due to inherent geography of the question ; Geography of the questioner –relevant physical and virtual location or “Internet geolocation” of the user. Geography of Virtual Questioning: E-Reference Users and Geography
    • Libraries & Innovative Technologies Study: Blogs and Wikis N = 242
    • N = 242 Public Libraries from 49 U.S. states 39.3% 15.7% Public Libraries on MySpace 350+ Public Libraries on Facebook 175+ Libraries & Innovative Technologies Study: Social Networking
    • Information Providers in a Virtual World Study Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award 2007
    • Active Worlds Getty Art Museum in Whyville Whyville World of Warcraft by RowanF * The Blue Book: A Consumer Guide to Virtual Worlds
    • NOAA Weather Demo NOAA Hurricane Sim Surrealist Art Exhibit Roma – Classical Rome Reuters News Shakespeare - Globe Theatre Second Life Overview Shopping
    • 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
    • “ 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
    • Virtual World Information Spaces “ there's still a personal space issue…”
    • Lorri Mon, FSU College of Information Email: [email_address] or SL: Lorri Momiji