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Do we remove all the walls? Second Life Librarianship

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Do we remove all the walls? Second Life Librarianship. Presentation given at VALA conference 5 February 2008. Paper available here: http://www.valaconf.org.au/vala2008/papers2008/20_Greenhill_Final.pdf

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Do we remove all the walls? Second Life Librarianship

  1. 1. Do we remove all the walls? Second Life librarianship Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  2. 2. Kathryn Greenhill Emerging Technologies Specialist Murdoch University February 2008 LibrariansMatter.com Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  3. 3. Let’s fly Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  4. 4. (embedded video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aI5zQtRh9E Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  6. 6. <ul><li>Definition - MUVE </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations of Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Possibilities for Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Libraries Building </li></ul><ul><li>Library objects </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages for librarians </li></ul><ul><li>What we learned </li></ul>Outline Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  7. 7. M ulti U ser V irtual E nvironment MUVE Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  8. 8. <ul><li>Client/server </li></ul><ul><li>Real time </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple user </li></ul><ul><li>Each user’s own POV </li></ul><ul><li>3D rendering </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics, sound, networking </li></ul><ul><li>Aim = Immersion </li></ul>MUVE elements Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  9. 9. <ul><li>SL Teen Grid </li></ul><ul><li>There </li></ul><ul><li>Habbo Hotel </li></ul><ul><li>Kaneva </li></ul><ul><li>Activeworlds </li></ul><ul><li>Whyville </li></ul><ul><li>Webkinz </li></ul><ul><li>Club Penguin </li></ul>Other MUVEs Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  10. 10. Limitations of Second Life Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  11. 11. OVERHYPED Second Life is Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  12. 12. <ul><li>80 Percent of Active Internet Users Will Have A ``Second Life'' in the Virtual World by the End of 2011 - Gartner </li></ul><ul><li>Educause/NMC Horizon Report 2007 </li></ul>But… Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  13. 13. Growth is levelling off Although… Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  14. 14. Source: Linden Labs. Second Life economy posts solid growth in Q4: http://blog.secondlife.com/2008/01/17/second-life-economy-posts-solid-growth-in-q4/ Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  15. 15. Where our users are NOT Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  16. 16. Library 2.0 … unless it matches your users’ needs NOT Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  17. 17. <ul><li>Broadband </li></ul><ul><li>Fast processor </li></ul><ul><li>High end graphics card </li></ul>Access Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  18. 18. 90% Churn rate Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  19. 19. <ul><li>Not really… </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer than 100 people per event per island </li></ul>Scalable ? Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  20. 20. … a creepy post-apocalyptic wasteland John Blyberg said it was like …. Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  21. 21. It’s evolving … Remember this …. Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com (Audio of dialup modem connecting)
  22. 22. Free Full of librarians Has critical mass Available right now It is … Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  23. 23. Worth investigating Can only be understood by doing Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  24. 24. Possibilities of Second Life Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  25. 25. What can you do in Second Life? Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  26. 26. Avatars Islands Buildings Objects Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  27. 27. <ul><li>Avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Talk </li></ul><ul><li>Modify </li></ul><ul><li>Move </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  28. 28. <ul><li>Objects </li></ul><ul><li>Build </li></ul><ul><li>Upload </li></ul><ul><li>Buy, sell and trade </li></ul><ul><li>Animate </li></ul><ul><li>Script </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  29. 29. <ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Streamed media </li></ul><ul><li>Join groups and network </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  30. 30. 2003 Second Life April 2006 Shopfront library Oct 2006 Infoisland – 2 islands Nov 2006 Australian Libraries building Feb 2007 9 islands July 2007 40 islands SL Library History Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  31. 31. What are libraries doing in Second Life? Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  32. 32. <ul><li>Reference </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  33. 33. <ul><li>Outreach programs </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  34. 34. <ul><li>Collections </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  35. 35. <ul><li>Classes and seminars </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  36. 36. Slideshare.net Search: sirexkat More on what librarians are doing …. Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  37. 37. Australian Libraries Building Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  39. 39. First – Social, met people Australian Libraries Building Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  40. 40. Second– Did things with objects Australian Libraries Building Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  41. 41. Scripted Objects Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  43. 43. (embedded video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOh5UF9-kmg Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  45. 45. Advantages for librarians who experiment in Second Life Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  46. 46. Learn new interface Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  47. 47. Understand users who game Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  48. 48. Break down professional isolation Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  49. 49. Increase coding skills Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  50. 50. Fun creative expression Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  51. 51. Join collaborative learning community Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  52. 52. Network about real life library topics Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  53. 53. Find expert professional support Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  54. 54. Nimble thinking and adapatable Advantages Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  55. 55. What we learned about information in a MUVE Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  56. 56. Tom Peters, report into first year of SL library… Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  57. 57. If Second Life crashed tomorrow, or all users moved away… Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  58. 58. <ul><li>… thus resulting in tremendous loss of person hours spent building and designing in Second Life, most librarians seem to agree that the experiential and theoretical knowledge gained during this first collective exploration of virtual worlds would be a sufficiently valuable thing to take away to make the project worthwhile “ </li></ul>Source: Peters, Tom 2007 A Report on the First Year of Operation of the Alliance Second Life Library 2.0 Project also known as the Alliance Information Archipelago: April 11, 2006 Through April 18, 2007 10 August 2007 TAP Information Service, Chicago. Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  59. 59. <ul><li>People want to interact with people </li></ul><ul><li>Not with things </li></ul>It’s a social network Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  60. 60. <ul><li>If you build it, they MAY come, but you’ll have to be there. </li></ul>It’s a social network Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  61. 61. <ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Reference desk </li></ul><ul><li>Casual get togethers </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor settings </li></ul><ul><li>“ Friending” and using network </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration around subject matter, not geography </li></ul><ul><li>Dance meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteers working on own interests. </li></ul>What works Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  62. 62. <ul><li>Static collections with no people </li></ul><ul><li>Closed off buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Clickable objects without “how to” </li></ul><ul><li>Solo exploration </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings without identity </li></ul>What doesn’t work Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  63. 63. <ul><li>Create “willing suspension of disbelief” </li></ul>Challenge Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  64. 64. Immersion …. Challenge Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  66. 66. … vs. possibilities of the interface Challenge Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  69. 69. Evolution of the building Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  86. 86. Spot the problem
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  92. 92. <ul><li>Questions ? </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com

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