Second Life & Info Island: Library Service in a Virtual World

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Second Life & Info Island: Library Service in a Virtual World

  1. 1. Second Life & Info Island: Library Service in a Virtual World 03 April 2007 Michael Sauers Nebraska Library Commission Rhonda Trueman Johnson & Wales University
  2. 2. What is Second Life? <ul><li>“Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents.” </li></ul><ul><li>An environment </li></ul>
  3. 3. Statistics 19 March 2007 9:05SLT
  4. 5. Is Second Life a Game? <ul><li>“ For me, it is a game because it’s a form of entertainment.” </li></ul><ul><li>There are games in Second Life (Super Lag Ball) </li></ul><ul><li>“ There is no manufactured conflict, no set objective. It’s an entirely open-ended experience.” </li></ul><ul><li>It’s an OS </li></ul>
  5. 6. Recommended System Requirements <ul><li>Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Processor: 1.6GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon 2000+ or better </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Memory: 512MB or better </li></ul><ul><li>Video/Graphics Card**: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nVidia GeForce FX 5600, GeForce 6600, or better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR ATI Radeon 9600, X600, or better </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Second Life does NOT currently support Windows Vista </li></ul>
  6. 7. Account Options <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Additional free accounts are $9.95 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>L$225 signup bonus </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Premium </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$9.95/mo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>L$1000 signup bonus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>L$300/week stipend </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Quote <ul><li>“What is there to teach? You just log in and do it.” −Sara, age 13 </li></ul>
  8. 9. Avatars! www.flickr.com/photos/araiya/31927037/ www.flickr.com/photos/pathfinderlinden/386259434/
  9. 10. In-world Communication <ul><li>Text chat </li></ul><ul><li>IM </li></ul><ul><li>Stream in audio and video </li></ul><ul><li>In-world voice coming soon </li></ul>
  10. 11. Economy <ul><li>Linden Dollars (L$) </li></ul><ul><li>Liquid Market </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buy L$ with real US$ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sell L$ for real US$ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>$1=~L$240 </li></ul>
  11. 12. Owning Land <ul><li>Must have a premium account to own land. </li></ul><ul><li>Islands are priced at US$1,675 for 65,536 square meters (about 16 acres). Monthly land fees for maintenance are US$295. </li></ul><ul><li>We offer a discount to verified real world educators and academic institutions (e.g., universities/schools) or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations that will be using the regions to support their organization's official work. For these organizations, small islands are priced at US$980 for 65,536 square meters (about 16 acres), and monthly land fees for maintenance are US$150. </li></ul>
  12. 13. 83 sq miles
  13. 14. Building <ul><li>Create a “prim” </li></ul><ul><li>Shape it, color it, texture it </li></ul><ul><li>Apply physics and lighting </li></ul>
  14. 15. Scripting <ul><li>Avatar and object control </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Movement (sexy walk, pose, dance, combat) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permissions (ownership, copy, modify) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio/Video </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Event sensing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Output </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Who owns what I create? <ul><li>You retain all rights to your intellectual property. </li></ul>
  16. 17. Camera View <ul><li>You don’t have to look through your eyes. </li></ul>
  17. 18. Learning Environments <ul><li>Walk through molecular models </li></ul><ul><li>Meditate in a Shinto temple </li></ul><ul><li>Heart Murmur Simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Live in Victorian times </li></ul><ul><li>Live in Ancient Rome </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Globe Theatre </li></ul>
  18. 20. Events <ul><li>US Congress </li></ul><ul><li>Henry VIII </li></ul><ul><li>Book discussion groups </li></ul><ul><li>Author events </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Concerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jay Z, U2, Duran Duran, Suzanne Vega </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/34929109@N00/422987698/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyvaught/422358779/ http://www.nevillehobson.com/2007/03/14/dean-koontz-comes-to-second-life/
  19. 21. Par-tay! http://www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/419796290/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/christajoy42/385233507/
  20. 22. Groups <ul><li>Librarians of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Podcaster Island </li></ul><ul><li>Stroke victims </li></ul><ul><li>Wheelies </li></ul><ul><li>The Land of Doctor Who </li></ul>
  21. 23. Machinima
  22. 24. Info Island Alliance Library Systems April 2006 – Rented space May 2006 – InfoIsland Currently: 10 ALS Islands 9 Associated Islands
  23. 25. Places & Faces <ul><li>InfoIsland </li></ul><ul><li>InfoIsland 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Health InfoIsland </li></ul><ul><li>Cybrary City </li></ul><ul><li>Cybrary City 2 </li></ul><ul><li>EduIsland </li></ul><ul><li>EduIsland 2 </li></ul><ul><li>ALA/ Arts Island </li></ul><ul><li>Imagination Island </li></ul><ul><li>Renaissance Island </li></ul><ul><li>Eye4YouAlliance </li></ul><ul><li>Island (Teen Grid) </li></ul>
  24. 26. Service <ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Conversation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Displays & Exhibits </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One-on-one interactions </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 27. Benefits <ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships & Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Events, workshops, discussion groups </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting space </li></ul><ul><li>Creative Space </li></ul><ul><li>Continuing education </li></ul><ul><li>Library education </li></ul>
  26. 28. <ul><li>Individual Library Space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Johnson & Wales University </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stanford Engineering Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Claremont College Digital Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Kansas State Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Society Hill (SC) Public Library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County (NC) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Law </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Medical </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nebraska Library Commission </li></ul></ul></ul>Cybrary City 1 & 2
  27. 29. Cybrary City – Library Schools UNC Chapel Hill UNC Greensboro University of South Florida San Jose State University University of Michigan University of Pittsburgh City University of NY
  28. 30. <ul><li>ALA Headquarters and Washington Office Come to SL </li></ul><ul><li>David Lankes from Syracuse University delivered ALA's </li></ul><ul><li>Washington Office's first interactive presentation in Second </li></ul><ul><li>Life </li></ul><ul><li>http:// iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen / </li></ul>
  29. 31. Reality Checks
  30. 32. Reality Checks <ul><li>If you don’t have the “recommended” hardware it’s going to be a frustrating experience. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can’t follow several conversations and are easily annoyed by tyops… </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t have to spend real money, but it helps. </li></ul>
  31. 33. Reality Checks <ul><li>The more people at an event/in a location the greater the lag will be. </li></ul><ul><li>Your boss and co-workers will probably not view this as “work” so you’ll be contributing personal time. </li></ul><ul><li>The more fun you’re having, the more time you’ll want to spend on the grid. </li></ul>
  32. 34. Reality Checks <ul><li>People are generally polite but they’ll still fall on your head. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t plan on keeping track of acquaintances based on their appearance as many change their avatars regularly. </li></ul>
  33. 36. Reality Checks <ul><li>Updates, updates, updates. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trying to log in for an event at the last minute only to find out you need to download a new version first. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>System problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grey Goo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased items disappearing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The world goes offline </li></ul></ul>
  34. 38. Getting Started <ul><li>Sign up for a free account and play! </li></ul><ul><li>InfoIsland.org </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who’s on Second </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life Library </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Videos on YouTube </li></ul>
  35. 39. Thank you! <ul><li>Michael Sauers </li></ul><ul><li>a.k.a. </li></ul><ul><li>TravelinLibrarian Mandelbrot </li></ul><ul><li>Nebraska Library Commission </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.travelinlibrarian.info </li></ul>Rhonda Trueman a.k.a. Abbey Zenith Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte [email_address] [email_address] del.icio.us/travelinlibrarian/ secondlife

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