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A follow up to the ACRL virtual conference presentation presented at the Computers in Libraries conference 2007.

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Virtual Learning Commons

  1. 1. The New Campus Commons A social and educational space for self communication in art, music, pictures and text! Building an Online Virtual Community C105 Computers In Libraries 2007 Mark D. Puterbaugh, Information Systems Librarian Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University
  2. 2. The Original VBI Project <ul><li>Objectives: </li></ul><ul><li>1. To provide instruction and information to students and faculty in the use of the research resources available in Eastern University's Warner Memorial Library within a virtual 3-D environment. </li></ul><ul><li>2. To provide instruction and information in the use of web-based research databases and other resources available in the Warner Library. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Phase I <ul><li>Started in 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>Created a virtual tour of the library and its resources using Activeworlds Education Universe. </li></ul><ul><li>The virtual world presented a walk-through map of the library highlighting areas important to the Eastern University's community. </li></ul><ul><li>See: </li></ul>
  4. 5. Phase II <ul><li>Designated certain locations in the virtual world to interactively present bibliographic instruction in selected subject areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Also, VBI included web-based information describing the use of online databases. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Phase III Virtual Bibliographic Instruction <ul><li>Live chat (with patrons) </li></ul><ul><li>Voice chat (VOIP) </li></ul><ul><li>Bots (Automated Assistants) </li></ul><ul><li>Etc . </li></ul>Final phase implemented all the tools offered by the virtual environment. Success minimized by staffing issues!!!!!
  6. 7. PHASE IV The New Campus Commons Online Virtual Community
  7. 8. <ul><ul><li>Imagine a world where my library really is My Library. The user has control over how their version of the library is presented. Then imagine a world where you can present real time multimedia versions of resources at the exact moment when needed, without having to go to a separate device to access them. They are all contained within the environment where you are working. Inside the virtual library you are immersed in all its offerings. </li></ul></ul>Craig Haywood – Sysbrarian Blogspot 12/21/2006
  8. 9. The New Campus Commons <ul><li>Phase IV was implemented to focus on the social aspects of the virtual 3-D world. </li></ul><ul><li>Major change was to open the world for others to build. </li></ul><ul><li>Students, faculty, staff and others are welcome to build the community. </li></ul>
  9. 10. Follow the Trend <ul><li>Many students already us social software. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CHAT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VOIP </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They are used to being immersed in the desktop space. </li></ul>
  10. 11. facebook Eastern University students already use facebook. Students share with each other, faculty and staff. It’s a great place to share and interact.
  11. 12. Windows Live Spaces Another popular stop is Windows Live Spaces. Many student have hotmail and msn accounts.
  12. 13. Other Spaces <ul><li>CyWorld </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>MySpace </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Kaneva </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. How do we entice them? <ul><li>We offer them money!!!!! </li></ul>
  14. 15. How do we entice them? <ul><li>Place workers in highly traffic area!! </li></ul>
  15. 16. How do we entice them? <ul><li>Recruit faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Advertise </li></ul><ul><li>Beg </li></ul>
  16. 17. Mandi’s Spaces
  17. 18. The Mashed Up Library The potential is to create a great social space and bring libraries back to the role of community center, beyond today’s scope of information center. In this way libraries will establish a new identity that will stand the test of time. Ultimately libraries exist for people. We should embrace what the people want and help them help us carve new connections with our users. Craig Haywood – Sysbrarian Blogspot 12/21/2006 The Mashed Up Campus
  18. 22. Fred’s Spaces
  19. 25. Kristin’s Spaces
  20. 27. Matt’s Spaces
  21. 29. Teresa’s Spaces
  22. 31. Ted’s Spaces
  23. 32. World News Stand
  24. 33. Early English Literature
  25. 34. Early English Literature
  26. 35. BBC News
  27. 36. Science Village
  28. 37. Science Village
  29. 38. Blue Screen of Doom
  30. 39. Amanda’s Spaces
  31. 40. Special Education Lab
  32. 41. Special Education Lab
  33. 42. Multicultural Education
  34. 43. Virtual School
  35. 44. Mi Young’s Spaces
  36. 45. Emergency Ward
  37. 46. Medical Center
  38. 47. Medical Center
  39. 48. Mark’s Spaces
  40. 49. Max Fliescher Film Festival
  41. 50. Opera House
  42. 51. Opera House
  43. 52. Opera House
  44. 53. Fun Spaces
  45. 54. What‘s at stake
  46. 55. The Bird’s Nest
  47. 56. Fall from the Bird’s Nest
  48. 57. Under the Sea
  49. 58. Magic Mushrooms
  50. 59. Result of Magic Mushrooms
  51. 60. The Ring
  52. 61. Main Street for the Librarians
  53. 62. Reference Central
  54. 64. Database Central
  55. 65. Database Workstations
  56. 66. Book Central
  57. 67. E-Book Collections
  58. 68. Journal Central
  59. 69. The Conference Center
  60. 70. PowerPoint Presentation
  61. 71. Online Conversation
  62. 72. Why should we do this? World of Warcraft Reports over 7 million users world wide
  63. 73. Why should we do this? Second Life Claims over 2 million!
  64. 74. Why should we do this? Maple Story Claims over 40 million users world wide
  65. 75. Paradigm Shift <ul><li>Is there a fundamental paradigm shift occurring in our society? </li></ul><ul><li>Are more and more people living a larger portion of their lives within these on-line communities? </li></ul>It's fascinating! My job has allowed me to have relationships with people from all over the world. It's not unusual for me to get an email on an IM from Africa or Hong Kong, regarding access to one of our library's resources or a reference question. Eastern University is an international school. I have had the opportunity to share part of my business and personal life with the faculty and students that I will never meet in person. Mark
  66. 76. Is Our Future Virtual? The students are already doing this, shouldn’t we?