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Second Life for Texas Library Association Conference 4 14 10

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Panel presentation for Texas Library Association Conference, held in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, April 16, 2010. Panel session title: "Second Life Implementation in Academic Libraries."

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Second Life for Texas Library Association Conference 4 14 10

  1. 1. “ Second Life ” & Academic Libraries?!! YES!! Esther Grassian (aka Alexandria Knight ) UCLA College Library Rev. 30 March 2010
  2. 2. Alexandria Knight
  3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>What is Second Life (SL)? </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s Involved? </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Academic Library & Librarian Involvement & Fun </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is “Second Life” (SL)? <ul><li>Somewhat Like “WOW” </li></ul><ul><li>Modifiable MMORPG </li></ul><ul><li>769,000 Unique SL Users Logged In (Dec 2009) </li></ul>
  5. 6. Virtual World? <ul><li>Community Standards </li></ul><ul><li>Objects Designed by Residents </li></ul><ul><li>Intellectual Property Rights Respected (Lawrence Lessig) </li></ul>
  6. 7. More… <ul><li>L$260= US$1 </li></ul><ul><li>User-to-User=US$567 Million in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>65% > 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Gross Resident Earnings=US$55 Million </li></ul><ul><li>11% > 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>95% of Earnings = Profit! </li></ul>
  7. 8. SL Demographics <ul><li>16 Million Registered Users - 150 Countries </li></ul><ul><li>Age: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>45% = 18-24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>34% = 25-34 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>50% = U.S. Participants (6/09) </li></ul><ul><li>481 Million Hours in SL (2009) </li></ul>
  8. 9. Some considerations… <ul><li>Access Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Platform Development & Revision </li></ul><ul><li>Open Source Alternatives </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Curve & Time Commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Sleaze Factor… </li></ul>
  9. 10. Learning curve (hidden slide)
  10. 11. Businesses…
  11. 12. More…
  12. 13. Entertainment <ul><li>Bazaars </li></ul><ul><li>Bars </li></ul><ul><li>Be wary… Mature areas </li></ul>
  13. 16. Texas Stampede Bar
  14. 17. “ Metaverse Messenger” Kiosk
  15. 19. Academic Libraries in SL <ul><li>Current Usage </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Potential </li></ul>
  16. 20. Higher Ed <ul><li>UC Irvine Library </li></ul><ul><li>Texas Women’s University </li></ul><ul><li>Stanford University Library </li></ul><ul><li>Austin Community College </li></ul><ul><li>UCLA Library </li></ul><ul><li>Many more… </li></ul>
  17. 21. UC Irvine-Anteater Island
  18. 23. Texas Women’s University
  19. 24. Stanford University Library
  20. 27. Austin Community College
  21. 32. UCLA Library
  22. 33. UCLA Library in SL Service Plan <ul><li>Building & enhancing… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>library/faculty partnerships </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research collections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enhancing services & focusing on information literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting our role as a vibrant enterprise </li></ul>
  23. 36. up pops a notecard with links to UCLA library web pages…
  24. 40. Critical Thinking: Research Studies & Sims <ul><li>Are they real? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they authoritative? </li></ul>
  25. 43. Fictional! <ul><li>“ This exhibit is for your entertainment only. None of the medical information presented here should be taken as true.” </li></ul><ul><li>Kemp, Jeremy. “Notices and Disclaimers—SimTeach” </li></ul>
  26. 46. Realistic attempt to replicate… <ul><li>“… the building contains a closely researched recreation of visual and aural hallucinations, based on interviews of real schizophrenics.” </li></ul><ul><li>Peter Yellowlees, MD & programmer, UC Davis, “A Lever to Move the Mind” </li></ul>
  27. 48. Mellon Seminars-Digital Hum’s
  28. 49. Dante Hotel – Lynn Hershman
  29. 50. Reference Service
  30. 51. UCLA Library = Vibrant Enterprise <ul><li>Professional Participation </li></ul><ul><li>Global Networking </li></ul>
  31. 52. ALA Island
  32. 53. ACRL in SL
  33. 55. Review <ul><li>What is Second Life (SL)? </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s Involved? </li></ul><ul><li>Examples </li></ul><ul><li>To conclude… </li></ul>
  34. 56. Why Get Into SL? <ul><li>Offer Reference Service </li></ul><ul><li>Teach & Promote Information Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Promote Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Support Research, Teaching & Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Participate Professionally </li></ul><ul><li>Network Globally </li></ul>
  35. 57. Go To Your Users!

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