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Introduction to Second Life, Part 1 session for SLA (Special Libraries Association) members. Provides an overview of virtual worlds, reasons for participating in virtual worlds, and specifics about …

Introduction to Second Life, Part 1 session for SLA (Special Libraries Association) members. Provides an overview of virtual worlds, reasons for participating in virtual worlds, and specifics about getting started in Second Life.

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  • 1. Introduction to Second Life, Part 1 SLA/Click University 03 December 2009 Scott Brown Member, SLA VW Council Social Information Group Cindy Hill Chair, SLA VW Council Hill Information Consulting Group 1
  • 2. Agenda  SLA Virtual Worlds Council  Upcoming SLA virtual events  Overview of virtual worlds and Second Life  How to get started in Second Life  Information for Part 2 – let’s meet in-world!  Resources & more detail in the slide set 2
  • 3. SLA Virtual Worlds Council  Appointed by President Gloria Zamora  Created to recommend short and long-term direction for SLA’s presence as an association in virtual worlds  Develop and promote opportunities for members to learn more about virtual worlds  Learn more at http://sla-divisions.typepad.com/sla_in_second_life/ 3
  • 4. Upcoming SLA Events in SL  Library Buzz sessions  Check for upcoming events in 2010: http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLASECONDLIFE/Upcoming+Events  SLA Leadership Summit Highlights  Feb 2, 4 and 10, 2010: Anne Caputo and Janice Lachance  Possible SLA Annual Conference sessions in June 7
  • 5. Why virtual worlds?  Long-standing interest  “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson  Tron  Interactive, social environment  “Next web”?  New and emerging technologies 4
  • 6. Why virtual worlds? http://www.kzero.co.uk/blog/?page_id=2092 3 5
  • 7. Webkinz 8
  • 8. Club Penguin 9
  • 9. 10
  • 10. Habbo 11
  • 11. Twinity 12
  • 12. HiPiHi 13
  • 13. Multiverse 4 14
  • 14. Multiverse 15
  • 15. Protosphere 15
  • 16. Wonderland 16
  • 17. Quick Survey  Do you have an avatar – in any world? 6
  • 18. What is Second Life?  Internet-based 3D virtual environment created by Linden Labs  Users have avatars (called “Residents” within the universe) and can explore, learn, socialize, conduct business, participate in individual and group activities  Linden Labs only provides the infrastructure; the entire contents are created and owned by its residents  Second Life is not a game – unlike some virtual worlds 18
  • 19. Environment 19
  • 20. Simulation 20
  • 21. Government agencies 21
  • 22. Simulation 22
  • 23. Connect remote employees 23
  • 24. Simulation 24
  • 25. Thomson Reuters 25
  • 26. Active learning 26
  • 27. 15 27
  • 28. Modeling 28
  • 29. Play with scale 29
  • 30. US Federal government in virtual worlds 17
  • 31. Why virtual worlds?  Virtual worlds hold great potential for learning and for organizations – and it’s starting to emerge ◦ Education, collaboration, eco-responsibility, global reach  These environments are: ◦ Generally non-threatening ◦ Great ways to enhance and encourage knowledge sharing, collaboration ◦ Very dynamic and engaging – “just like being there” ◦ High-touch  Conversations can be more open and honest  Community can develop at a rapid rate 30
  • 32. Quick Survey  Have you spent time in Second Life? 31
  • 33. How does Second Life work?  Download Second Life's software package onto your computer ◦ Currently clients for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux & Solaris x86 ◦ Launch SL software and log in there – not on secondlife.com  Create your avatar ◦ http://join.secondlife.com  Must have a broadband Internet connection of some sort ◦ Cable, DSL, etc. - Dialup will not work 32
  • 34. How does Second Life work?  Must have a fairly powerful computer and connection ◦ Windows XP 2000, XP, or Vista ◦ 800MHz Pentium III or Athlon, or better; 256MB memory or better; nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better video card ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better ◦ For Mac, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or better; 1 GHz G4 or better; 512MB memory or better ◦ Linux system requirements also available on Second Life site These are MINIMUM requirements; RECOMMEND even more power than this See http://secondlife.com/corporate/sysreqs.php for full requirements 33
  • 35. Once you’re in…  Communicate by instant messaging  Voice available; you will need a headset  Move through Second Life by using your arrow keys, fly and teleport to different locations 34
  • 36. True-to-life Avatars 35
  • 37. “Furry” Avatars 36
  • 38. 37
  • 39. SLA campus 27 38
  • 40. Janice & Gloria in Second Life! 39 3
  • 41. Library Buzz sessions 40
  • 42. Quick Survey  If you have a Second Life avatar, what is your Second Life name?  If you don’t – what would you choose for a first name? 41
  • 43. Getting ready to meet in-world  Download the software at secondlife.com  Create your avatar ◦ http://join.secondlife.com ◦ Create your basic look: gender, skin color ◦ Choose a name ◦ You get to choose your first name ◦ Choose your last name from a pre-determined list ◦ May register one avatar per email for no charge 42
  • 44. Getting ready to meet in-world  Register for ClickU’s Part 2 session ◦ This is how we’ll send you information on meeting in- world  Get in-world and play around – a lot – before the session ◦ Launch SL software and log in there – not on secondlife.com ◦ Second Life takes getting used ◦ Walk by using arrow keys on keyboard ◦ Fly by clicking on “Fly” button (click again to stop flying) ◦ Teleport by searching for places and clicking “Teleport” button 43
  • 45. Second Life, Part 2 session Remember to get your avatar before registering! Last one of the year!  Second Life: an introduction, part 2: Registration – Thursday, December 10, 2009, 8am PT http://www.sla.org/content/learn/members/webinars/webinarreg/secondlife1110.cfm 44
  • 46. Upcoming SLA Events in SL  Library Buzz sessions  Check for upcoming events in 2010: http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLASECONDLIFE/Upcoming+Events  SLA Leadership Summit Highlights  Feb 2, 4 and 10, 2010: Anne Caputo and Janice Lachance  Possible SLA Annual Conference sessions in June 7
  • 47. Thank you! Cindy Hill (aka Sydney Delphin) Scott Brown (aka Steven Source) Chair, SLA VW Council Member, SLA VW Council Hill Information Consulting Social Information Group Group scott_r_brown@comcast.net cindyvhill@yahoo.com 45
  • 48. Resources: SLA in Second Life  SLA Second Life wiki  http://wiki.sla.org/display/SLASECONDLIFE/Home  SLA in Second Life blog  http://sla-divisions.typepad.com/sla_in_second_life  SLA in Second Life: Google Calendar  http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=slasecondlifecalendar%40gmail.com 46
  • 49. Resources: Second Life  Second Life system requirements  http://secondlife.com/support/sysreqs.php  "The Mission of Linden Lab" by Philip Linden  http://blog.secondlife.com/2006/11/06/the-mission-of-linden-lab/  Build your own SLURL (Second Life URL)  http://slurl.com/build.php  “Second Life for Business: Ten Techniques”, FUMSI, October 2008  http://web.fumsi.com/go/article/use/3326 47
  • 50. Resources: Islands in SL  Cybrary City II (SLA area in SL)  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City%20II/59/100/22/  Alliance Virtual Library: Info Island  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/128/128/33/  ALA Island  http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/127/102/29/  Virtual Ability 48
  • 51. Resources: Groups, listservs, newsletters, etc.  The Immersive Internet: Make Tactical Moves Today For Strategic Advantage Tomorrow - ThinkBalm  http://thinkbalm.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/thinkbalm- immersive-internet-report-nov-20084.pdf  Virtual Worlds News  http://www.virtualworldsnews.com/  Clever Zebra: events, news, etc.  http://cleverzebra.com/list 49
  • 52. Walking around • Use the arrow keys to move your avatar • Pressing Ctrl-R (Cmd-R on a Mac) toggles running instead of walking • Pressing Shift-Left Arrow or Shift-Right Arrow moves the avatar from side to side • You can also enable the Movement Controls using View → Movement Controls to help move your avatar. 50
  • 53. Flying Press the Fly button to start flying and Stop Flying to land Use the “E” key to go higher & the “C” key to move lower and the arrow keys to adjust direction. You can also use “Page up” and “Page Down” 51
  • 54. Sitting Select the object you'd like to sit on and right- click it (On Mac, select Cmd-click) If the object can be sat upon, Sit will appear in the pie menu To stand, click “Stand up” 52
  • 55. Mini-map The Mini-Map is a small panel that shows your present location and where other avatars are currently located, if they are close by. the World Map Dialog 53
  • 56. Searching for places and other things The search button on the bottom of your viewer opens the Search Dialog You can search for: Classifieds – things for sale Events – training, concerts, shows public meetings, etc Showcase - highlights some of the best in-world locations and resident creations Land sales – real estate for sale or rent Places – land whose owner allows searchable listings People – avatars with public listing (a profile option) Groups – groups that allow their listing in Search the World Map Dialog 54
  • 57. Making friends In Second Life, your friends are avatars you have connected with and agreed to friendship. To add someone as your friend, Right-Click their avatar and select Add Friend. If they agree, they are added to your contacts list as Friends. the World Map Dialog 55
  • 58. Friends Friends are added to the Contact Lists “Friends” the World Map Dialog tab on the Communicate Dialog 56
  • 59. Friends Friends are added to the Contact Lists “Friends” the World Map Dialog tab on the Communicate Dialog 57
  • 60. Communicating: Local Chat Local chat is an “open channel” to everyone within a 20 meter radius of your present location. You can “shout” in local chat to reach avatars within a 100 meter radius. To say something in chat type your chat in the text box provided in the Local Chat tab or Send the chat by pressing Return 58
  • 61. Profiles Your profile contains information about your avatar. To open your profile either: Right-click your avatar and select Profile or Select Edit → Profile from the menu To open another avatar's profile simply right-click their avatar and select Profile 59
  • 62. Example profile 2nd Life – About your avatar Web – Favorite web sites Interests – Topics in SL the interest you Picks – Favorite places in SL Classified – Things you have for sale 1st Life – your real life profile My Notes – private notes you want to record about this avatar – these are notes linked to any avatar's profile but only accessible by you 60
  • 63. Image credits 61