The Alexandrian Free Library, a study in virtual community


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  • The Alexandrian Free Library: A study in Virtual CommunityIn the virtual world Second Life, libraries have become integral parts of many online communities yet still have a number of unique challenges. Some arise from the nature of the virtual environment, others from the fact that all our patrons are highly sophisticated computer users. This session describes the role of libraries in the Second Life, focusing on the Alexandrian Free Library System which is a consortium of community-based libraries operating in Second Life, including the communities of Caledon and Steelhead. Caledon is a large community where the library system resembles a real-life public library system with several neighborhood branches. Steelhead is a small town that recently decided to open its own public library. Using "images from the field" to show the libraries' presence, our speakers look at how the libraries were created; how their online collections are selected and organized; and how their reference service, online exhibits, book groups, poetry readings, storytelling, and other activities have become an integral part of these online social networking communities
  • The Alexandrian Free Library, a study in virtual community

    1. 1. Second Life Library Profiles The Alexandrian Free Library A Study in Virtual Community
    2. 2. The Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Community-based Libraries In, and beyond, Second Life Is a
    3. 3. Libraries for Virtual communities Who We Are Arising from and rooted in the communities we serve
    4. 4. The Caledon Library is a branch of the Alexandrian Free Library
    5. 5. The Steelhead Public Library is a branch of the Alexandrian Free Library
    6. 6. The Winterfell Library is a branch of the Alexandrian Free Library
    7. 7. The Toussaint L'Ouverture Library of New Toulouse is an affiliate of the Alexandrian Free Library
    8. 8. The R.F Burton Library of New Babbage is an affiliate of the Alexandrian Free Library
    9. 9. Presence
    10. 10. Services Commune Consult Aid Abet Advise In, and beyond, Second Life
    11. 11. Exhibits
    12. 12. Collections
    13. 13. Events
    14. 14. Challenges Giving Patrons Something They Can’t Give Themselves
    15. 15. Challenges Fitting in as the iconic library while functioning as a modern library
    16. 16. Challenges Identifying Evolving patron use patterns
    17. 17. Challenges identifying community needs often needs that are not yet in practice
    18. 18. Opportunities Presenting the historical record in ways that are graspable, yet lead in to the broadest vista Finding where Library & Museum techniques meet & supplement each other
    19. 19. Opportunities Pleasures! of Reading, of Knowing Expanding into the age of massive networked digital content Turning the new bibliophile on to what’s Out There
    20. 20. Opportunities Patrons = Partners Third Place Living Imaginative Lives Living Literate Lives Adult play
    21. 21. Images from the Field
    22. 22. Images from the Field
    23. 23. SLL2 The Alexandrian Free Library is pleased to be known to be affiliated with The Second Life Library 2.0 Of The Info Island Archipelago Consortial 2
    24. 24. URLs I: Tools <ul><li>Twitter Box for SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog-HUD Second Life blogging system: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Caledon Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Steelhead Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Custom Search Engine </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feedback Gathering </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. URLs II: Community <ul><li>Community Forums & Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Calendars </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogosphere </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Thank you! Jean Hewlet Played by Riven Homewood [email_address] JJ Jacobson Played by JJ Drinkwater [email_address]