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  • You see me here at the Community Virtual Library on Info Island, set up by the Alliance Library System of Illinois or ALSALS supports all types of libraries in a particular region including academic libraries, This SL area has now branched off as the Community Virtual Library, which is why you see the signs that say SERIALS—librarians put up this exhibit & the signs, of course!
  • Ok, this is 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 &…
  • And speaking of reference, 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…


  • 1. LC African Section 50thAnniversary & “Second Life”Esther Grassian, UCLA
  • 2. Alexandria Knight
  • 3. Agenda
    What is Second Life (SL)?
    Who’s Involved?
    Exhibit Snapshots
  • 4. What is “Second Life” (SL)?
    Somewhat Like “WOW”
    Modifiable MMORPG
    769,000 Unique SL Users Logged In (Dec 2009)
  • 5.
  • 6. Virtual World?
    Community Standards
    Objects Designed by Residents
    Intellectual Property Rights Respected (Lawrence Lessig)
  • 7. More…
    L$260= US$1
    User-to-User=US$567 Million in 2009
    65% > 2008
  • 8. SL Demographics
    16 Million Registered Users - 150 Countries
    45% = 18-24
    34% = 25-34
    50% = U.S. Participants (6/09)
  • 9. Some considerations…
    Access Requirements
    Internet Connectivity
    Platform Development & Revision
    Open Source Alternatives
    Learning Curve & Time Commitment
    Sleaze Factor…
  • 10. Learning curve (hidden slide)
  • 11.
  • 12. UCLA Library
  • 13. 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
  • 14.
  • 15. Reference Service
  • 16. Exhibit Snapshots…