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Trends in technology for reference and information literacy instruction

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  • Hello, everyone!I’m happy to be here to talk with you about Second Life &… introduce you to a librarian who’ll be speaking about reference from within Second Life Before I do that,I want to talk a little bit about the context—trends in technology usage for reference & for information literacy instruction or ILIWhy am I mentioning instruction? For an increasing # of librarians, every reference interaction is an opportunity to help someone learn how to learn on their ownOk—tech trends…
  • 1st, a Question: WHAT KINDS OF TECH-RELATED TRENDS HAVE YOU NOTICED LATELY?Biggest trends I’ve been seeing relate to—Social NetworkingAll things mobileGeolocation& Growing impact of user clout—e.g., FB & privacyDecline in travel budgets & as a result, growing interest in virtual communication & interaction
  • Ok, this us the rather humble UCLA Library in SL…Though as you know, we have 13 libraries at UCLA, with >9 million volumes, spread out over a campus that serves 32,000 students, in SL we have a very small 2 story library, with one room on each floor…But, we have a SERVICE PLAN approved by our UL, & have accomplished quite a few key objectives with very little investment in time and moneyThe UCLA Library has spent a total of US$200 in SL, since 2006, and I’ve spent a total of US$20 of my own money in SL since 2006And I’ve been fortunate enough to have the help of 50 Winx in putting it together, Rhonda Super, a UCLA Library staff member
  • Our service plan goals, approved by our UL, Gary Strong, focus on 4 areas—building & enhancing:Library/faculty partnershipsResearch collectionsServices, especially ILPromoting our role as a vibrant academic research library
  • Here in the UCLA Library in SL, we’ve expanded access to our existing online website, research help & research tools.You click on the monitor on the table behind my avatar &…
  • This frog prince visited the UCLA Library when I was 1st setting it up in 2007…—the frog was asking about UCLA Library resources, so it was a real reference interactionOk, & now…
  • let me turn it over to HypatiaDejavu…

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  • IS 250 Tech Trends in Reference & ILI
    Esther Grassian
    UCLA College Library
    6 Jun 2010
  • Tech Trends?
    Social Networking
    MOBILE!
    Geolocation
    PRIVACY!!
    Increased Virtual Interaction
  • Be a Trendspotter!
    Flickr.com: Fashion Fever Modern Trends Uploaded on 23 January 2007, by Patrick Q
  • Flickr.com: “You’ve got to think outside of the box” Uploaded 1 June 2007 by jimfrazler
  • Flickr.com: Libraries and Librarians WarCraft Guild Group . Uploaded 27 July 2008, by libraryman
  • “Second Life”& Reference?!! YES!!
  • Alexandria Knight
  • Agenda
    What is Second Life (SL)?
    Who’s Involved?
    Examples
    HypatiaDejavu: Head of Reference, SL Community Virtual Library
  • What is “Second Life” (SL)?
    Somewhat Like “WOW”
    Modifiable MMORPG
    769,000 Unique SL Users Logged In (Dec 2009)
  • Virtual World?
    Community Standards
    Objects Designed by Residents
    Intellectual Property Rights Respected (Lawrence Lessig)
  • More…
    L$260= US$1
    User-to-User=US$567 Million in 2009
    65% > 2008
  • SL Demographics
    16 Million Registered Users - 150 Countries
    Age:
    45% = 18-24
    34% = 25-34
    50% = U.S. Participants (6/09)
  • Some considerations…
    Access Requirements
    Internet Connectivity
    Platform Development & Revision
    Open Source Alternatives
    Learning Curve & Time Commitment
    Sleaze Factor…
  • Learning curve (hidden slide)
  • UCLA Library
  • UCLA Library in SL Service Plan
    Building & enhancing…
    library/faculty partnerships
    research collections
    Enhancing services & focusing on information literacy
    Promoting our role as a vibrant enterprise
  • Reference Service
  • HypatiaDejavu…