Are you Trained for a Library 
Transaction with an Animal? It 
   Happens in Second Life
                                 ...
What is Second Life?
• 3-D virtual metaverse entirely built
  and owned by its residents
• Began as 64 acres in 2003
• Tod...
Metaverse (According to Wikipedia)
    • From Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel
      Snow Crash
    • Widely used to describe ...
Alternatives to SL
•   World of Warcraft (WoW)
•   Sims
•   There
•   Entropia Universe
•   Active Worlds
•   Home on Play...
http://secondlife.com
PC Minimum System
      Requirements
• Internet Connection: Cable or DSL
• Operating System: Windows XP (Service Pack
  2)...
I wish someone told me…
 • Pacific Standard Time (SL Time)
 • Complete tutorials for new members
 • Downtime on Wednesdays...
LindeX Market
Data

      Monthly Spending by Amount (2007 May)
      Transaction Size                             Residen...
Retain ALL IP Rights
Linden Lab's Terms of Service agreement
recognizes Residents' right to retain full
intellectual prope...
Ohio University Without Boundaries




                       http://www.ouwb.ohiou.edu/
Ohio University Video on SL



PLAY MOVIE




             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFuNFRie8wA (2:33 length)
Avatars – Who do you want to
            be?
Dress for the Moment
Video Tutorials:
https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Video_Tutorials
Example: http://youtube.com/watch?v=N787M2WOb24
        ...
Recreating or Redesigning
Virtual Recruiting




           http://admission.case.edu/secondlife.asp
CWRU Promotes Dorms
Try Before You Buy
Kelvin Smith Library (CWRU)
SL Library 2.0
• Alliance Library System
  – one of nine regional library systems in
    Illinois with over 250 member lib...
• InfoIsland 1
  – Libraries, Alliance Library System building,
    ICT, WorldBridges, TechSoup
• InfoIsland 2
  – Science...
• Imagination Island
  – Rachelville comprises half this island with
    resources for children's literature, beautiful
  ...
Second Life Library:
Info Island I, Cybrary City, etc.




   By HVX Silverstar
   http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibra...
Renaissance Island




    By HVX Silverstar
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/
       527404571/in/pool-sec...
Info Island, by avatar Rik Riel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTQkzfz5osQ
                 (3:22 length)



PLAY MOVIE
Collaboration Takes New
         Format
Online Presentations
          Example:
          Presentation by R.
          David Lankes, PhD, is
          Director of...
Socialize Online
Deep Sea Marine Aquarium
    & Sea-Life Centre
Second Life Science Center
International Spaceflight
        Museum
Nature Publishing Group's Island:
        Eukaryotic Cell
New Course: Virtual World
Librarianship - Your Second Life
   • University of Illinois at Urbana-
     Champaign, The Grad...
San Jose State University's School
 of Library & Information Science
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADE0VSffgis
     ...
Mukwa Dibou (ALA President-Elect, Loriene Roy)
   and Jeremy Kemp (arriving) on SJSU sim
  chatting with SJSU students and...
Owning Land
• Islands are priced at US$1,675 for
  65,536 square meters (about 16 acres).
  Monthly land fees for maintena...
Brand Map of Second Life:
http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?p=430
Avatar Academics, UCLA Magazine
             (4/07)
   • Esther Grassian, an information literacy
     outreach coordinato...
Avatar Academics,
   UCLA Magazine (4/07)
         “Charles Reed, California State
  University’s chancellor, recently sai...
Avatar Academics,
   UCLA Magazine (4/07)
• Last fall, Harvard University offered its
  first course on SL - quot;CyberOne...
Educators Explore 'Second Life‘
      Online (CNN.com)
   • “The three-dimensional virtual world makes
     it possible fo...
Educators Explore 'Second Life‘
      Online (CNN.com)
   • “While it remains to be seen how much of an
     impact quot;S...
Activities within SL
•   Collaboration
•   Streaming real time events
•   Art shows
•   Book discussions
•   Office hours
...
Uses of SL
•   Create movies (Machinima)
•   Create tutorials
•   Alternative to architect or consultant
•   Experimentati...
Negative Comments to Expect
   •   Only a game
   •   Diversion
   •   Only trying to be edgy
   •   Waste of time
   •   ...
Signs of Growth & Acceptance
   • Sweden to set up embassy in
     Second Life
   • ALA Washington Opens Virtual
     Offi...
• Teen Second Life:
  http://teen.secondlife.com/
• Eye4You Alliance Island is
  sponsored by the Alliance Library
  Syste...
More Education
• http://secondlife.com/education/
  – SL Education Mailing List (SLED)
  – Global Kids videos
• Proceeding...
More Education
• Second Life Best Practices in
  Education: Teaching, Learning, and
  Research 2007 International
  Confer...
Print Resources
Recent Changes or Coming Soon
   • SL was chat based with sound
     effects and streaming media
   • Voice is newest edit...
Extras: Librarians in Action
By HVXSilverstar
Librarians of Second Life: Part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
  9fYnplBH...
Extras: Librarians in Action
By HVXSilverstar
Librarians of Second Life: Part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
  SYHcXsaQ...
Are you Trained for a Library
Transaction with an Animal? It
   Happens in Second Life
                                   ...
Are you trained for a library transaction with an animal? It happens in Second Life.
Are you trained for a library transaction with an animal? It happens in Second Life.
Are you trained for a library transaction with an animal? It happens in Second Life.
Are you trained for a library transaction with an animal? It happens in Second Life.
Are you trained for a library transaction with an animal? It happens in Second Life.
Are you trained for a library transaction with an animal? It happens in Second Life.
Are you trained for a library transaction with an animal? It happens in Second Life.
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Are you trained for a library transaction with an animal? It happens in Second Life.

  1. 1. Are you Trained for a Library  Transaction with an Animal? It  Happens in Second Life Brian Gray (Brian Garfield in Second Life) Case Western Reserve University bcg8@case.edu ALAO Annual 2007 October 25, 2007
  2. 2. What is Second Life? • 3-D virtual metaverse entirely built and owned by its residents • Began as 64 acres in 2003 • Today, 65,000 acres & growing rapidly • Fully-integrated economy - Linden Dollar Exchange • Linden Lab – Support & development
  3. 3. Metaverse (According to Wikipedia) • From Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel Snow Crash • Widely used to describe the vision behind current work on fully immersive 3D virtual spaces • Environments where humans interact (as avatars) with each other (socially and economically) and with software agents in a cyber space, that uses the metaphor of the real world, but without its physical limitations.
  4. 4. Alternatives to SL • World of Warcraft (WoW) • Sims • There • Entropia Universe • Active Worlds • Home on Playstation 3
  5. 5. http://secondlife.com
  6. 6. PC Minimum System Requirements • Internet Connection: Cable or DSL • Operating System: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) – OR Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) – NOTE: Second Life does NOT currently support Windows Vista • Computer Processor: 800MHz Pentium III or Athlon, or better • Computer Memory: 256MB or better • Video/Graphics Card: nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better – OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better
  7. 7. I wish someone told me… • Pacific Standard Time (SL Time) • Complete tutorials for new members • Downtime on Wednesdays • “Friend” people or keep track of names, as appearances change • For classroom settings, have people join before class – Multiple account creations all at once can lock down an IP temporarily
  8. 8. LindeX Market Data Monthly Spending by Amount (2007 May) Transaction Size Residents 1 - 500 L$ 129,593 501 - 2,000 L$ 45,300 2001 - 5,000 L$ 37,592 5,001 - 10,000 L$ 23,273 10,001 - 50,000 L$ 38,995 $3700+ 50,001 - 100,000 L$ 8,793 100,001 - 500,000 L$ 7,760 500,001 - 1,000,000 L$ 962 Over 1,000,000 L$ 834 Total Customers Spending Money In-World 293,102
  9. 9. Retain ALL IP Rights Linden Lab's Terms of Service agreement recognizes Residents' right to retain full intellectual property protection for the digital content they create in Second Life, including avatar characters, clothing, scripts, textures, objects and designs. This right is enforceable and applicable both in- world and offline, both for non-profit and commercial ventures. You create it, you own it – and it's yours to do with as you please.
  10. 10. Ohio University Without Boundaries http://www.ouwb.ohiou.edu/
  11. 11. Ohio University Video on SL PLAY MOVIE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFuNFRie8wA (2:33 length)
  12. 12. Avatars – Who do you want to be?
  13. 13. Dress for the Moment
  14. 14. Video Tutorials: https://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Video_Tutorials Example: http://youtube.com/watch?v=N787M2WOb24 Building with Prims (21 seconds) PLAY MOVIE
  15. 15. Recreating or Redesigning
  16. 16. Virtual Recruiting http://admission.case.edu/secondlife.asp
  17. 17. CWRU Promotes Dorms
  18. 18. Try Before You Buy
  19. 19. Kelvin Smith Library (CWRU)
  20. 20. SL Library 2.0 • Alliance Library System – one of nine regional library systems in Illinois with over 250 member libraries of all types • Public Blog: http://infoisland.org/ • “Behind the Scenes” Blog: http://infoisland.org/drupal/ • Best Overview: http://infoisland.org/drupal/reference/SL_ready_ref
  21. 21. • InfoIsland 1 – Libraries, Alliance Library System building, ICT, WorldBridges, TechSoup • InfoIsland 2 – Science Center, Fireball Express, Museums, Galleries and more... • Consumer Health Island – Medical and Health Care Information • Cybrary City – InfoIsland's community of individual libraries. • Cybrary City 2 – The expanded library community. • EduIsland – InfoIsland's community of educators.
  22. 22. • Imagination Island – Rachelville comprises half this island with resources for children's literature, beautiful gardens and a maze. • Vendor Village (coming soon). • Arts/ALA Island – Arts - Coming soon a Grand Opera House where there will be performances of opera, music, plays and more. – American Library Association - InfoIsland will soon be welcoming the American Library Association. • Commonwealth Island – Commonspace for Organization • Echoditto – An event center for progressive web political and environmental organizations.
  23. 23. Second Life Library: Info Island I, Cybrary City, etc. By HVX Silverstar http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/ 511035937/in/pool-secondlifelibrary/
  24. 24. Renaissance Island By HVX Silverstar http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/ 527404571/in/pool-secondlifelibrary/
  25. 25. Info Island, by avatar Rik Riel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTQkzfz5osQ (3:22 length) PLAY MOVIE
  26. 26. Collaboration Takes New Format
  27. 27. Online Presentations Example: Presentation by R. David Lankes, PhD, is Director of the Information Institute of Syracuse (IIS) and an Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/blog/
  28. 28. Socialize Online
  29. 29. Deep Sea Marine Aquarium & Sea-Life Centre
  30. 30. Second Life Science Center
  31. 31. International Spaceflight Museum
  32. 32. Nature Publishing Group's Island: Eukaryotic Cell
  33. 33. New Course: Virtual World Librarianship - Your Second Life • University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, The Graduate School of Library and Information Science, & Illinois Alliance Library System • Six 2-hour synchronous sessions will meet online in Second Life http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/Second_Life.html
  34. 34. San Jose State University's School of Library & Information Science http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADE0VSffgis (4:09 length) PLAY MOVIE
  35. 35. Mukwa Dibou (ALA President-Elect, Loriene Roy) and Jeremy Kemp (arriving) on SJSU sim chatting with SJSU students and librarians. http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/511014362/in/ pool-secondlifelibrary/
  36. 36. Owning Land • Islands are priced at US$1,675 for 65,536 square meters (about 16 acres). Monthly land fees for maintenance are US$295. • Offer a 50% discount to verified real world educators and academic institutions (e.g., universities/schools) or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that will be using the regions to support their organization's official work. • Smaller “pieces” for less money
  37. 37. Brand Map of Second Life: http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?p=430
  38. 38. Avatar Academics, UCLA Magazine (4/07) • Esther Grassian, an information literacy outreach coordinator at UCLA's College Library; her avatar - Alexandria Knight. • “Ball State University's students discuss their assignments on SL” • “Students of a Pepperdine University distance-learning course meet every fortnight to learn, as well as explore, what it's like to be part of an online community.” http://www.magazine.ucla.edu/features/second‐life_virtual‐classroom/
  39. 39. Avatar Academics, UCLA Magazine (4/07) “Charles Reed, California State University’s chancellor, recently said at an education and research conference in San Francisco that he would like students to telecommute more, meeting with faculty and peers one day a week on campus and using the rest of the work week exploring virtual worlds and downloading information to complete their course work.” http://www.magazine.ucla.edu/features/second‐life_virtual‐classroom/
  40. 40. Avatar Academics, UCLA Magazine (4/07) • Last fall, Harvard University offered its first course on SL - quot;CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion“ • 40 students (50 more in physical class) • “Professor Charles Nesson, who taught the course in the real world, and his daughter, Rebecca, a computer scientist at Harvard and instructor at the university's Extension School, who conducted CyberOne in SL” http://www.magazine.ucla.edu/features/second‐life_virtual‐classroom/
  41. 41. Educators Explore 'Second Life‘ Online (CNN.com) • “The three-dimensional virtual world makes it possible for students taking a distance course to develop a real sense of community, said Rebecca Nesson.” • “Most people think online learning doesn't require participation or engagement with course material, he said. But in quot;Second Lifequot; there's real-time interaction, which means students need to engage in the discussion -- much as if they were sitting in a brick and mortar classroom.” http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/11/13/second.life.university/
  42. 42. Educators Explore 'Second Life‘ Online (CNN.com) • “While it remains to be seen how much of an impact quot;Second Lifequot; will have in the long run, there is immense interest within the educational community to find ways to harness its potential, said Mechthild Schmidt, a professor at NYU-McGhee, a division of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.” • “Schmidt, who learned about quot;Second Lifequot; from her teenage son, integrated the virtual world into a course she teaches on digital communication to give students a new avenue for collaboration.” http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/11/13/second.life.university/
  43. 43. Activities within SL • Collaboration • Streaming real time events • Art shows • Book discussions • Office hours • Social • Conference & poster presentations
  44. 44. Uses of SL • Create movies (Machinima) • Create tutorials • Alternative to architect or consultant • Experimentation before the “real” • Stage setting or directions • 3-D educational objects • Brainstorming
  45. 45. Negative Comments to Expect • Only a game • Diversion • Only trying to be edgy • Waste of time • Lets do “first” life better instead • Fantasy, Fake • Unprofessional • Porn, Gambling
  46. 46. Signs of Growth & Acceptance • Sweden to set up embassy in Second Life • ALA Washington Opens Virtual Office • Reuters has dedicated SL reporter
  47. 47. • Teen Second Life: http://teen.secondlife.com/ • Eye4You Alliance Island is sponsored by the Alliance Library System, PLCMC and SirsiDynix: http://www.eye4youalliance.youthtech.info/
  48. 48. More Education • http://secondlife.com/education/ – SL Education Mailing List (SLED) – Global Kids videos • Proceedings of the SL Education Workshop at the Second Life Community Convention, San Francisco, August 20th, 2006 – http://secondlife.com/businesseducation/ education/slcc2006-proceedings.pdf
  49. 49. More Education • Second Life Best Practices in Education: Teaching, Learning, and Research 2007 International Conference – http://slbestpractices2007.wikispaces.com/ • SL Blog, Education Category – http://blog.secondlife.com/tag/education/
  50. 50. Print Resources
  51. 51. Recent Changes or Coming Soon • SL was chat based with sound effects and streaming media • Voice is newest edition (optional) – Works good for small group discussions – Is directional (i.e. things get louder as you approach) • People are exploring crossovers with other virtual platforms
  52. 52. Extras: Librarians in Action By HVXSilverstar Librarians of Second Life: Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= 9fYnplBHSpo (4:50 length) PLAY MOVIE
  53. 53. Extras: Librarians in Action By HVXSilverstar Librarians of Second Life: Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v= SYHcXsaQdv4 (5:24 length) PLAY MOVIE
  54. 54. Are you Trained for a Library Transaction with an Animal? It Happens in Second Life Brian Gray (Brian Garfield in Second Life) Case Western Reserve University bcg8@case.edu http://www.squidoo.com/library2point0/ http://www.slideshare.net/bcg8 ALAO Annual 2007 October 25, 2007

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