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In Fall 2008, a group of Reference librarians at Alkek Library piloted offering reference services on Texas State University-San Marcos' Second Life campus

In Fall 2008, a group of Reference librarians at Alkek Library piloted offering reference services on Texas State University-San Marcos' Second Life campus

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  • 1. TRANSLATING AN ACADEMIC LIBRARY INTO SECOND LIFE Lisa Ancelet, Reference/Virtual Services Librarian Lorin Fisher, Information Literacy Coordinator Tara Spies, Reference/Instruction Librarian
  • 2. What is Second Life?  Virtual World created in 2003  Run by Linden Labs  1,444,530 residents logged in last 60 days (according to the Second Life login page)  Unique because content is produced by users “Residents”  Has own currency, the Linden Dollar  $35 million per month (according to www.secondlife.com page)
  • 3. A peek at our Second Life Campus
  • 4. Alkek Library in Second Life
  • 5. Background  Texas State University’s Second Life campus established in August 2006.  Built by Emin Saglamer, (Troy Vogel) a prominent Second Life builder and technical lead for Instructional Systems Design team  Second Life Alkek Library built in 2007  Reference Hours pilot began Fall 2008
  • 6. Alkek Library Pilot Scheduling  Pilot hours 2-4 M-F  3 Volunteer librarians  Posted on Ask a Librarian page  As librarian schedule permits—hours can be adjusted
  • 7. Resources
  • 8. Library Resources  Objects linked to:  eReserve  Databases page  Library catalog  My account (renew books online)  “Open” sources such as Wikipedia and Google news  Objects scripted to open in user’s web browser
  • 9. Wittliff Gallery http://slurl.com/secondlife/Bobcat%20Village/64/84/28
  • 10. Wittliff Gallery  Virtual collection of photographs from the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, part of PHOTO HERE Alkek Library’s Wittliff Collections  2 floors of photographs and sculptures
  • 11. Wittliff Gallery  Photographs are interactive – when clicked on they give notes about photo  Working to rotate photographs to coincide with current exhibits using frame maker that we found in SL
  • 12. Future Plans  Streaming Video tutorials  Link to existing library tutorials  Screen to play in SL  Ask a Librarian  Officially added link on Ask a Librarian webpage
  • 13. Ask a Librarian Page
  • 14. Future Collaborations  Cataloging Proposal  Computer Object that takes user directly to :  Rush cataloging, Catalog problem or Search request forms  Book images with link to catalog record  Links to webpages with information about LOC call numbers and subject headings  Games to teach
  • 15. Questions?
  • 16. Thank You!