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An overview of the Seconf Life Library 2.0 project.

An overview of the Seconf Life Library 2.0 project.
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  • 1. Alliance Second Life Library 2.0: Going Where the Users Are Lori Bell, Michael Sauers, and Tom Peters Session C105 Internet Librarian Conference Monday, October 23, 2006, Monterey, California
  • 2. The Launch Graphic in SL
  • 3. Lori Bell
    • Director of Innovation Alliance Library System East Peoria, Illinois
  • 4. What is Second Life (SL)?
    • A 3-dimensional virtual reality world
    • Populated by nearly 1 million avatars
    • A complete community: society, culture, economy, buildings, goods, services…
    • Operated by Linden Labs
    • Not a game!
  • 5. Info Island
  • 6. Why Are Librarians Involved in SL?
    • Many SL avatars are pursuing info-related activities
    • Increasingly used by higher ed. for more interactive distance learning
    • It’s a creative and artistic outlet
    • Satisfies the desire to build and design a library organization from scratch
  • 7. Parvenu Tower on Info Island
  • 8. What Are Librarians Doing?
    • Designing, building, and decorating buildings and external landscapes
    • Designing and implementing communication methods (chat, IM, VoIP, data portals, etc.)
    • Reference services
    • Collections and Interactive Displays
    • Events: tours, training, lectures, etc.
    • Trials of Databases and Services
  • 9. Ref Desk at Info Island Landing
  • 10. An Indoor Historical Exhibit
  • 11. Timeline
    • April 2006: First Alliance Second Life Library built
    • May 2006: Info Island donated
    • August 2006: 2 nd island donated
    • September 2006: QuestionPoint trial and overall SLL reference service began
    • October 2006: Grand Opening; HealthInfo Island; Cybrary City
  • 12. Branch Library in Caledon
  • 13. It’s All About Partnerships
    • Between two or more libraries
    • Tech Soup
    • ICT Library
    • World Bridges
    • New Media Consortium
    • Institutions of Higher Education
    • Museums
  • 14. Michael Sauers
    • Internet Trainer BCR Aurora, Colorado
  • 15. “Minimal” Requirements
    • PC
    • Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL
    • Operating System: Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
      • OR Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4)
    • Computer Processor: 800MHz Pentium III or Athlon, or better
    • Computer Memory: 256MB or better
    • Video/Graphics Card**:
      • nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better
      • OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better
    • Mac
    • Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL
    • Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or better
    • Computer Processor: 1 GHz G4 or better
    • Computer Memory: 512MB or better
    • Video/Graphics Card**:
      • nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better
      • OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better
  • 16. “ Recommended” Requirements
    • PC
    • 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
    • Mac
    • 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
  • 17.  
  • 18. Reality Check #1
    • If you don’t have the “recommended” hardware it’s going to be a frustrating experience.
  • 19. Reality Check #2
    • If you can’t follow several conversations and are easily annoyed by tyops…
  • 20. Reality Check #3
    • You don’t have to spend real money, but it helps.
      • You can get a stipend even with a free account, but it’s not much.
      • Textures uploaded for L$10 each
        • Clothing, presentations, building
      • Current exchange rate aprox. $1 = L$190
  • 21. Reality Check #4
    • The more people at an event/in a location the greater the lag will be.
  • 22. InfoIsland Grand Opening
  • 23. Reality Check #5
    • Your boss and co-workers will probably not view this as “work” so you’ll be contributing personal time.
  • 24. Reality Check #6
    • The more fun you’re having, the more time you’ll want to spend on the grid.
  • 25. InfoIsland Grand Opening
  • 26. Reality Check #7
    • People are generally polite but they’ll still fall on your head.
  • 27. Reality Check #8
    • Don’t plan on keeping track of acquaintances based on their appearance as many change their avatars regularly.
  • 28. Reality Check #9
    • 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.
  • 29. Reality Check #10
    • System problems
      • Grey Goo
      • Purchased items disappearing
  • 30. Reality Check #11
    • Sometimes it just doesn’t work.
  • 31. Tom Peters
    • Founder and CEO TAP Information Services Blue Springs, Missouri
  • 32. What We Are Learning
    • Islands, Buildings and Grounds
    • Staffing
    • Governance & Management
    • Collections
    • Catalogs
    • Reference Services
    • Exhibits
    • Events
    • Privacy, Safety, Security
    • Professional Development
  • 33. Espresso Bar in Main Library
  • 34. Addressing Fundamental Questions
    • What types of library services do SL avatars want, need, and expect?
    • What types of library buildings and locations are needed?
    • Are collections needed? What types of information objects?
    • How to create links between in-world activity and real-world information resources?
  • 35. Outdoor Discussion on NMC Campus
  • 36. Challenges
    • Volunteer Labor (self-inflicted burnout)
    • External Funding
    • Expertise Mining
    • Disaster Preparedness
    • Implementing Library 2.0 concepts
    • Rapidly evolving environment and human understanding of that environment
  • 37. Talis Sci Fi & Fantasy Building
  • 38. Predictions, Bloody Predictions
    • Library services to avatars will thrive.
    • Architecture will evolve away from real-world architecture.
    • Libraries will include elements from museums, theme parks, etc.
    • Exhibits and events will be more useful than traditional collections.
    • Immersive, experiential learning experiences (e.g., walk-in books & 3D interactive mash-ups).
  • 39. Librarian Avatars Cut the Rug!
  • 40. Questions and Discussion
  • 41. Info Island as Gathering Place
  • 42. Eiseldora’s Bookmaking Workshop
  • 43. Presentation Training
  • 44. Contact Us
    • Lori Bell
    • Director of Innovation, Alliance Library System
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Web: www.alliancelibrarysystem.com
    • Phone: 309.694.9200 x2128
    • Michael Sauers
    • Internet Trainer, BCR
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Web: www.bcr.org
    • Phone: 303.751.6277 x110
    • Tom Peters
    • CEO, TAP Information Services
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Web: www.tapinformation.com
    • Phone: 816.228.6406