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The Virtual Librarian in Second Life Njla 2008

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The Virtual Librarian in Second Life Njla 2008

  1. 1. Libraries in Second Life: Thinking inside & outside the virtual box Elisabeth Jacobsen Marrapodi Director, Library Services Trinitas Hospital, New Jersey
  2. 2. My Avatar, Myself: Brielle Coronet (SL) – Elisabeth (RL)
  3. 3. "What is now proved was once only imagined" William Blake
  4. 4. Just Imagine… A world without limits A world without borders A world where vision becomes reality A world where libraries are open 24/7…
  5. 5. Why Second Life? Over 60,000 reasons! <ul><li>Emergent technology in 3D platform </li></ul><ul><li>Real time communication </li></ul><ul><li>A new pathway for outreach </li></ul><ul><li>International collaboration & partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Think tank test out new ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Distance learning and meetings for CE </li></ul><ul><li>Content is user generated and owned </li></ul><ul><li>Over 60,000 people are logged 24/7 </li></ul>
  6. 6. &quot;The potential for commerce, education, entertainment and other interaction in a 3-D environment … is far greater than in the flat and isolated two-dimensional world of the World Wide Web.&quot; Philip Rosedale, co-founder, Second Life U.S. Congressional Hearings, April 1, 2008
  7. 7. But, isn’t it just a game? <ul><li>“ A virtual world like Second Life…is NOT a game, serious or otherwise, and referring to the work done in these spaces limits both the potential for the technology and the work it is enabling.” </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO </li></ul><ul><li>New Media Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. Congressional Hearing, April 1,2008 </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Virtual Reference Desk InfoIsland
  9. 9. SL Libraries & Partners: 40 islands, 95 library organizations, 800+ librarians from around the world 500+ daily visitors!
  10. 10. SL Libraries: from traditional to niche: Lawspot Virtual Worlds Library
  11. 12. Health InfoIsland Medical Library
  12. 13. Montclair State Univ’s SL Library
  13. 14. ICT Library
  14. 15. IBM Library
  15. 16. Kuhrang Public Library
  16. 18. Genealogy Research Library
  17. 19. Mystery Manor
  18. 20. Talis Library SciFi Portal
  19. 21. In a visual world exhibits & displays work!
  20. 22. Reading Gardens: Caledon
  21. 23. Info Island Readers Garden
  22. 25. Please join your colleagues in Second Life! Any questions?

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