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Research Overview

  1. 1. Research Overview for Dr. Kyunghye Kim’s Foundation class Dr. Lorri Mon, Assistant Professor Florida State University College of Information November 17, 2008
  2. 2. IMLS Grant: the Internet Public Library http://www.ipl.org
  3. 4. 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
  4. 5. Libraries & Innovative Technologies Study: Blogs and Wikis N = 242
  5. 6. 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
  6. 7. Information Providers in a Virtual World Study Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award 2007
  7. 8. Active Worlds http://www.activeworlds.com/ There.com http://www.there.com Getty Art Museum in Whyville Whyville http://www.whyville.net World of Warcraft by RowanF * The Blue Book: A Consumer Guide to Virtual Worlds http://www.associationofvirtualworlds.com/press_room.htm
  8. 9. NOAA Weather Demo NOAA Hurricane Sim Surrealist Art Exhibit Roma – Classical Rome Reuters News Shakespeare - Globe Theatre Second Life Overview Shopping
  9. 10. The Working Environment: Alexandrine Libraries The Library of Alexandria Hobbit Shire Library 1800’s Dirigible Library
  10. 11. 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
  11. 12. “ 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>
  12. 13. Virtual World Information Spaces “ there's still a personal space issue…”
  13. 14. Lorri Mon, FSU College of Information Email: [email_address] or SL: Lorri Momiji

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