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Consumer Health Information Gets a Second LIfe


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Second Life is a three-dimensional virtual world that has received enormous amounts of press over the last year. In a grant-funded project, a consumer health library has been created in Second Life to provide reference and consumer health support to Second Life residents. Carol Perryman is the virtual world`s first consumer health librarian. This presentation will provide an overview of the grant-funded initiative, including challenges encountered in creating a consumer health library. Comparisons between RL (Real Life) and SL (Second Life) consumer health collection development, reference services and collaborative partnerships are made, accompanied by an overview of the project plans and progress to date.

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Consumer Health Information Gets a Second LIfe

  1. 1. Consumer Health Information Gets a Second Life <ul><li>The path to Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>HealthInfo Island </li></ul><ul><li>Observations </li></ul>
  2. 2. Hospital medical library OSF St. Francis: A 650 bed tertiary care teaching hospital with more than 4,000 employees in Peoria, Illinois ~60,000 smokers and ex-smokers members in over 160 countries. Over over 3,000 support messages are posted on QuitNet every day -- that's over two messages EVERY minute of every day A 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by a total of 5,330,466 people from around the globe. The path to Second Life
  3. 4. Eye4You Alliance ◇ University College Dublin ◇ SL Hill Society Library ◇ McMaster University ◇ Topeka Shawnee County Public Library ◇ Special Librarians in Second Life ◇ South Carolina State Library ◇ University of Plymouth ◇ University of South Florida ◇ Claremont College Digital Library ◇ Johnson and Wales University Library ◇ Georgia Institute of technology ◇ Australian Libraries ◇ Glenview IL Public Library ◇ UCLA Stanford Science and Engineering Libraries ◇ University of Illinois ◇ University of Montevallo Carmichael Library ◇ Art Libraries Canada ◇ University of North Carolina School of Library and Information Science ◇ IBM Library ◇ Nebraska Library Commission ◇ State Library of Kansas ◇ Library and Archives Canada ◇ Law Library and Technology Center ◇ Michigan Library Consortium ◇ Murdoch University Library, Australia
  4. 10. HealthInfo Island Welcome Center
  5. 13. HealthInfo Island Medical Library
  6. 14. Namro Orman, head of the SL Medical Library a.k.a. Guus van den Brekel, Coordinator of Electronic Services, CMB - University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands
  7. 16. You: What is migraine? [3:18] Hallie: Let me try and Google it. . [3:18] Hallie: Google Define -> A disorder characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches that may be accompanied by dizziness, nausea, vomiting or extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
  8. 18. Training Demo held in Play2Train on April 6 2007 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Scenario 1: Healthcare Facility &quot;Sidewalk Triage&quot; Training The pandemic begins to pick up momentum and hospitals are facing overwhelming surge. As a surge control measure, the state decides healthcare facilities should move triage outside of the building. In order to do this, they will need assistance to train their staff to set up and operate sidewalk triage stations. From
  9. 19. SL Consumer Health Library
  10. 26. Public Health Games . Health Fitness Co-op … Men's Health . Sacred Heart Hospital Real Mental Health … MD Kiosk National Institutes of Health . Positive Mental Health Psychosis and Depression …. Prostate Cancer Support Alternative Health Club …. Foundation for Diabetic Children …. Cancer Co-Op …. Virtually You! Center for Health and Wellness . NicoBloc Stop Smoking Exhibition Broken Silence - Domestic Violence Resource Center …. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) test site … New Babbage Medical League Prostate Cancer Research Foundation Master Physicians Honor Corps Old Time Medical Clinic Depression Support … AIDS and HIV HELP Group …. Dreams The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Alcoholics Anonymous Breast Cancer Awareness Second Life Relay For Life Alternative Cancer Support Expert Breast Cancer Awareness Center and Why Not? Shop Support Diabetes Friends MS Support Group Fibromyalgia
  11. 28. Q: What kinds of questions do you get? A: Every kind!
  12. 29. Reference in SL
  13. 30. <ul><li>What can I do at Second Life? </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Re-think library spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Support other SL efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the use of role-playing in LIS education and training </li></ul><ul><li>Create and test new tools </li></ul><ul><li>Position yourself for the future </li></ul><ul><li>Have fun! </li></ul>
  14. 31. <ul><li>How do I get involved? </li></ul><ul><li>Register at </li></ul><ul><li>Download software </li></ul><ul><li>(note system requirements ) </li></ul><ul><li>Invest a little </li></ul><ul><li>Use your contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Explore </li></ul>
  15. 32. Learn, dream: When worlds collide
  16. 34. Contact me: Carolina Keats, a.k.a. Carol Perryman School of Information & Library Science University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [email_address] Thank you!
  17. 35. Presented on Thursday, April 12, 2007 at VCU Libraries Links: