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Member Sharing Session delivered by Mary Hudson and Alison Williams at the 2008 BBSLG Conference, hosted by Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University, 9-11 July

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Second Life

  1. 1. Second Life BBSLG Leeds 2008 By Mary Hudson and Alison Williams 11th July 08 Second Life July 2008
  2. 2. Second Life Copy in black 18pt Trebuchet MS. Copy Nam libero in hac habitasse platea dictumst. Proin ipsum ut ac odio sit amet pede facillisis commodo. Copy in black 18pt Trebuchet. Copy Nam libero in hac habitasse platea dictumst Second Life July 2008
  3. 3. Second Life Who’s heard of it? Who’s using it? Who’s thinking of using it? Second Life July 2008
  4. 4. Second Life – what is it? A social space 3D virtual world - Linden Labs - 2003 Content is built entirely by its residents Population: 14,203,869 (i) Has it’s own currency – the Linden $ There is a separate teen world (under 18s) People represented by avatars Second Life July 2008
  5. 5. How we have been involved 2007 – awarded funding for project on potential of Second Life (SL) for the library Our avatars, Merry and Wynne, have attended virtual world librarianship courses and meetings (ii) and have spoken at an in- world conference Mary and Alison have written an article (iii) and made contacts with academic staff with an interest in SL Second Life July 2008
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  7. 7. Solent Life Solent Life Campus is the university fashion group’s SL project Popular music and journalism are also interested Second Life July 2008
  8. 8. Solent Life We have a library area with reference desk in Solent Life and plans to build an information skills area off the coast Second Life July 2008
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  13. 13. Second Life – why get involved? SL is the most widely used virtual world Growing educational presence (iv) Transferable skills Distance/blended learner support VLE links - Sloodle If academic staff and students are in this new space, we should be there too Second Life July 2008
  14. 14. References (i) Second Life, 2008. Second Life Economic Statistics [online]. San Francisco: Second Life Inc. Available: http:// [accessed 4 July 2008] (ii) For meeting reports and transcripts see Sheila Webber’s Second Life blog: (iii) Forthcoming in Sconul Focus Alison (Wynne Merlin) Williams and Mary (Merry Mayo) Hudson. Reflections in Wonderland. (iv) Kirriemuir, John, 2008. A Spring “snapshot” of UK higher and Further Education Development in Second Life [online]. Bath: Eduserve Foundation. Available: http:// [accessed 4 July 2008] Second Life July 2008
  15. 15. Contact details Mary Hudson or IM Merry Mayo Alison Williams or IM Wynne Merlin Second Life July 2008