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An introduction to Second Life and what librarians are doing on Info Island.

An introduction to Second Life and what librarians are doing on Info Island.

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  • 1. Second Life & Info Island: Library Service in a Virtual World 03 April 2007 Michael Sauers Nebraska Library Commission Rhonda Trueman Johnson & Wales University
  • 2. What is Second Life?
    • “Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.”
    • An environment
  • 3. Statistics 19 March 2007 9:05SLT
  • 4.  
  • 5. Is Second Life a Game?
    • “ For me, it is a game because it’s a form of entertainment.”
    • There are games in Second Life (Super Lag Ball)
    • “ There is no manufactured conflict, no set objective. It’s an entirely open-ended experience.”
    • It’s an OS
  • 6. Recommended System Requirements
    • Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL
    • Computer Processor: 1.6GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon 2000+ or better
    • Computer Memory: 512MB or better
    • Video/Graphics Card**:
      • nVidia GeForce FX 5600, GeForce 6600, or better
      • OR ATI Radeon 9600, X600, or better
    • NOTE: Second Life does NOT currently support Windows Vista
  • 7. Account Options
    • Free
      • Additional free accounts are $9.95
      • L$225 signup bonus
    • Premium
      • $9.95/mo
      • L$1000 signup bonus
      • L$300/week stipend
  • 8. Quote
    • “What is there to teach? You just log in and do it.” −Sara, age 13
  • 9. Avatars! www.flickr.com/photos/araiya/31927037/ www.flickr.com/photos/pathfinderlinden/386259434/
  • 10. In-world Communication
    • Text chat
    • IM
    • Stream in audio and video
    • In-world voice coming soon
  • 11. Economy
    • Linden Dollars (L$)
    • Liquid Market
      • Buy L$ with real US$
      • Sell L$ for real US$
    • $1=~L$240
  • 12. Owning Land
    • Must have a premium account to own land.
    • Islands are priced at US$1,675 for 65,536 square meters (about 16 acres). Monthly land fees for maintenance are US$295.
    • We offer a discount to verified real world educators and academic institutions (e.g., universities/schools) or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that will be using the regions to support their organization's official work. For these organizations, small islands are priced at US$980 for 65,536 square meters (about 16 acres), and monthly land fees for maintenance are US$150.
  • 13. 83 sq miles
  • 14. Building
    • Create a “prim”
    • Shape it, color it, texture it
    • Apply physics and lighting
  • 15. Scripting
    • Avatar and object control
      • Movement (sexy walk, pose, dance, combat)
      • Permissions (ownership, copy, modify)
      • Audio/Video
      • Event sensing
      • Output
  • 16. Who owns what I create?
    • You retain all rights to your intellectual property.
  • 17. Camera View
    • You don’t have to look through your eyes.
  • 18. Learning Environments
    • Walk through molecular models
    • Meditate in a Shinto temple
    • Heart Murmur Simulation
    • Live in Victorian times
    • Live in Ancient Rome
    • Visit the Globe Theatre
  • 19.  
  • 20. Events
    • US Congress
    • Henry VIII
    • Book discussion groups
    • Author events
      • Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz
    • Concerts
      • Jay Z, U2, Duran Duran, Suzanne Vega
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34929109@N00/422987698/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyvaught/422358779/ http://www.nevillehobson.com/2007/03/14/dean-koontz-comes-to-second-life/
  • 21. Par-tay! http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/419796290/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/christajoy42/385233507/
  • 22. Groups
    • Librarians of Second Life
    • Podcaster Island
    • Stroke victims
    • Wheelies
    • The Land of Doctor Who
  • 23. Machinima
  • 24. Info Island Alliance Library Systems April 2006 – Rented space May 2006 – InfoIsland Currently: 10 ALS Islands 9 Associated Islands
  • 25. Places & Faces
    • InfoIsland
    • InfoIsland 2
    • Health InfoIsland
    • Cybrary City
    • Cybrary City 2
    • EduIsland
    • EduIsland 2
    • ALA/ Arts Island
    • Imagination Island
    • Renaissance Island
    • Eye4YouAlliance
    • Island (Teen Grid)
  • 26. Service
    • Outreach
          • Public
          • Academic
          • Special
    • Conversation
          • Events
          • Workshops
          • Displays & Exhibits
          • One-on-one interactions
  • 27. Benefits
    • Networking
    • Partnerships & Collaboration
    • Events, workshops, discussion groups
    • Meeting space
    • Creative Space
    • Continuing education
    • Library education
  • 28.
    • Individual Library Space
      • Academic
        • Johnson & Wales University
        • Stanford Engineering Library
        • Claremont College Digital Library
      • Public
        • Kansas State Library
        • Society Hill (SC) Public Library
        • Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County (NC)
      • Special
        • Law
        • Medical
        • Nebraska Library Commission
    Cybrary City 1 & 2
  • 29. Cybrary City – Library Schools UNC Chapel Hill UNC Greensboro University of South Florida San Jose State University University of Michigan University of Pittsburgh City University of NY
  • 30.
    • ALA Headquarters and Washington Office Come to SL
    • David Lankes from Syracuse University delivered ALA's
    • Washington Office's first interactive presentation in Second
    • Life
    • http:// iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen /
  • 31. Reality Checks
  • 32. Reality Checks
    • If you don’t have the “recommended” hardware it’s going to be a frustrating experience.
    • If you can’t follow several conversations and are easily annoyed by tyops…
    • You don’t have to spend real money, but it helps.
  • 33. Reality Checks
    • The more people at an event/in a location the greater the lag will be.
    • Your boss and co-workers will probably not view this as “work” so you’ll be contributing personal time.
    • The more fun you’re having, the more time you’ll want to spend on the grid.
  • 34. Reality Checks
    • People are generally polite but they’ll still fall on your head.
    • Don’t plan on keeping track of acquaintances based on their appearance as many change their avatars regularly.
  • 35.  
  • 36. Reality Checks
    • Updates, updates, updates.
      • Trying to log in for an event at the last minute only to find out you need to download a new version first.
    • System problems
      • Grey Goo
      • Purchased items disappearing
      • The world goes offline
  • 37.  
  • 38. Getting Started
    • Sign up for a free account and play!
    • InfoIsland.org
    • Podcasts
      • Who’s on Second
      • Second Life Library
    • Videos on YouTube
  • 39. Thank you!
    • Michael Sauers
    • a.k.a.
    • TravelinLibrarian Mandelbrot
    • Nebraska Library Commission
    • [email_address]
    • www.travelinlibrarian.info
    Rhonda Trueman a.k.a. Abbey Zenith Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte [email_address] [email_address] del.icio.us/travelinlibrarian/ secondlife