Flying Librarians of Oz: What's all the fuss about Second Life and what's it got to do with libraries?


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Presentation to the National Library of Australia. 14 February 2007 by Kathryn Greenhill, co-ordinator of the Australian Libraries Building on Cybrary City in Second Life.

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  • The use of imagery in this slideshow is really efficient. You've done a fantastic job here friend.
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  • Thats an amazing presentation! I am showing it to the other staff here! We are in the beginning stages of trying to update our universities library! I think thats just amazng! Thank you for sharing the info and helping me show the librarians here in Hawaii what the future could hold!
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  • Your presentation not only gives a great glimpse of what SL can mean for librarians, but is also a great over view of what SL can offer in education in general. I'm planning to share your presentation with some teachers and librarians I work with in a K-12 school setting.

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  • Thanks Kathryn,

    Good slides which have whet my appetite to join the other librarians in 2nd Life.

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    1. 1. Flying Librarians of Oz What’s all the fuss about Second Life and what’s it got to do with libraries? Kathryn Greenhill February 2007 Kathryn Greenhill
    2. 2. Flying Librarians of Oz These slides are at: Search: sirexkat After 15 Feb 2006 Kathryn Greenhill
    3. 3. Kathryn Greenhill
    4. 4. <ul><li>Outline </li></ul><ul><li>What is Second Life ? </li></ul><ul><li>Library services in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages to Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Live demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and discussion </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    5. 5. <ul><li>Not covered </li></ul><ul><li>Found elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Technical setup </li></ul><ul><li>The digital divide and SL </li></ul><ul><li>Time will tell </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits to our users </li></ul><ul><li>Long term usefulness </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    6. 6. <ul><li>What is Second Life ? </li></ul><ul><li>A 3D online digital world imagined, created and owned by its residents </li></ul><ul><li>Islands * Objects </li></ul><ul><li>Buildings * Avatars </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    7. 7. <ul><li>Accessing Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>System specifications </li></ul><ul><li>Family name. First name </li></ul><ul><li>Download client </li></ul>Kathryn Greehill. Kathryn Greenhill
    8. 8. Kathryn Greenhill
    9. 9. <ul><li>Isn’t it just a game ? </li></ul><ul><li>YES </li></ul><ul><li>Look and feel of gaming interface. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Avatars, inventories, manipulate environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gamers are used to relating to information on their PCs in this way </li></ul><ul><li>Playful behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>NO </li></ul><ul><li>No rules, objectives, win/lose, points, strategy. </li></ul><ul><li>Like our library sites – win/lose isn’t the objective </li></ul><ul><li>Sleaze, porn, gambling and “how to make a fast buck” are there too </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    10. 10. <ul><li>It’s all about people </li></ul><ul><li>APPEARANCES </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life – a lot of empty buildings? </li></ul><ul><li>Myspace - a bunch of noisy, badly designed web pages? </li></ul><ul><li>UNSEEN </li></ul><ul><li>The interactions they facilitate gives them life </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
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    12. 12. <ul><li>Who is in Second Life ? </li></ul><ul><li>>3 million registered </li></ul><ul><li>15K online at once </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Australians </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
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    14. 14. <ul><li>What do you do in Second Life ? </li></ul><ul><li>Avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Talk – chat, IM and SecondTalk (skype based) </li></ul><ul><li>Modify your avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Walk, fly or teleport around </li></ul><ul><li>Objects </li></ul><ul><li>Build </li></ul><ul><li>Upload creations </li></ul><ul><li>Buy, sell and trade objects </li></ul><ul><li>Animate objects with scripts </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to podcasts </li></ul><ul><li>View movies </li></ul><ul><li>Join groups and network </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    15. 15. Library Services in Second Life Kathryn Greenhill
    16. 16. <ul><li>What do libraries do ? </li></ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Desk is staffed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses Questionpoint chat reference software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Email a librarian service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outreach programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Writers’ talks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visits from historical figures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>External links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web tools accessed within SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Items especially made for SL (eg. Aetheric books) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database trials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Classes and seminars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>About using SL tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For librarians </li></ul></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    17. 17. <ul><li>Who Pays ? </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsership </li></ul><ul><li>Talis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cybrary City </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SIRSI/Dynix </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Info Island and Teen Info Island </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Private sponsors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>other islands </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance Library System </li></ul><ul><li>Eye4You Alliance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>administers library on Teen Grid </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library services </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians – some paid, some unpaid. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>time. Each Cybrary City library volunteers 2 hrs per week </li></ul></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    18. 18. <ul><ul><li>Library Services in Second Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Info Island 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Info Island 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edu Island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caledon Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthinfo Island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imagination Island – Rachelville </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA Arts Island </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cybrary City 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cybrary City 2 </li></ul></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    19. 19. Info Island 1 Kathryn Greenhill
    20. 20. Info Island 2 Kathryn Greenhill
    21. 21. EduIsland Kathryn Greenhill
    22. 22. Caledon Kathryn Greenhill
    23. 23. Healthinfo Island Kathryn Greenhill
    24. 24. Imagination Island - Rachelville .. a magical place with displays, environments, and experiments relating to children’s literature Kathryn Greenhill
    25. 25. <ul><li>NEW </li></ul><ul><li>Cybrary City 2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>USD300 - 500 for library land </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ALA/Arts Island </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    26. 26. Cybrary City Kathryn Greenhill
    27. 27. <ul><ul><li>Administrative Offices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALA Washington office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australian Libraries Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Claremont Colleges Digital Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eye4You Teen Library Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Johnson & Wales University Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarian Conference Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Librarium & Philosopher's club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>McMaster University Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Normal Public Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nova Southeastern University Law Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patent Searches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Society Hill, South Carolina Public Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>St. Louis County Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Library of Kansas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talis Building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen Educators in SL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Washington </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Montevallo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Illinois </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of South Florida Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TX-950 club </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UIC Library of Health Sciences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UCLA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shopfronts for individuals too. </li></ul></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    28. 28. <ul><li>Australian Libraries Building </li></ul><ul><li>How it happened. </li></ul><ul><li>What’s there. </li></ul><ul><li>What we’ve been doing. </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    29. 29. Advantages for librarians Kathryn Greenhill
    30. 30. <ul><li>The Interface </li></ul><ul><li>Prototype of VR </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>We have access now </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of people there </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    31. 31. <ul><li>Personal advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid increase of IT skills * Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Fun and playfulness * Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Creative expression * Information sharing </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    32. 32. Let’s play….. Kathryn Greenhill
    33. 33. <ul><li>Join in….. </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to a blog: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Join the Second Life Librarians’ google group </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enter Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the Australian Library or Info Island. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the avatar list on VLINT to search for Australian Library avatars and IM them or add them as a friend. My avatar is Emerald Dumont. </li></ul></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    34. 34. <ul><li>Contact me. </li></ul><ul><li>Kathryn Greenhill </li></ul><ul><li>Second life name: Emerald Dumont </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Skype: sirexkat </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill
    35. 35. EXTRA SLIDES Kathryn Greenhill
    36. 36. What do other SL Librarians think ? <ul><li>“ I’m a solo librarian…I don’t have a lot of contact with other librarians…In SL I suddenly have contact with scores of librarians” </li></ul><ul><li>Rosamarita Kilara. Menlo Park, California. </li></ul>“ ..collaborate in ways not otherwise possible. What we make of it is entirely up to us. The sky is the limit!” Willow Kindley. St Louis County Library. Kathryn Greenhill
    37. 37. What do other SL librarians think? <ul><li>“ I think trying to learn building and scripting helps me build problem solving skills and probably has given me new appreciation for the work programmers do” </li></ul><ul><li>Wellendorf Chihuly, University of Montevello, Alabama </li></ul>“ A place where I can begin to envision some of the “environments” that I think we all long for to display our digital collections” Jillianna Suisei, Hurst Associates, New Jersey Kathryn Greenhill
    38. 38. What do other SL librarians think? <ul><li>“ Smiling at the Yellow Brick Road…[connecting Kansas State Library and the Australian (Oz) library]   ….connections like this… have made my real life world much smaller” </li></ul><ul><li>Rocky Vallejo, State Library of Kansas </li></ul>“ ..faster/stronger bonds….I can invite SL residents to view my house and thus allow them more insight into my life than months of emails would allow.” Pam Ribble, John Moores University, Liverpool Kathryn Greenhill
    39. 39. What do other SL librarians think? <ul><li>“… enjoyed a new environment for helping people with their information needs” </li></ul><ul><li>Takver Twin, Bradley University Library </li></ul>“ SL has provided a link to more resources, more concepts, more colleagues in the profession to share and network with than I could have imagined possible” Johan Althouse, Society Hill Library, South Carolina Kathryn Greenhill
    40. 40. What do other SL librarians think? <ul><li>“ Some forecasters see the [SL] environment as the up and coming thing for simulations, collaborating etc…SL is a chance to try out that kind of environment for free!” </li></ul><ul><li>Ilene Pratt, University of Southern Florida </li></ul>“ [if used for online reference] – privacy, less fear of sounding stupid, can multitask without offending the librarian” Brian Garfield, Case Western Reserve University Kathryn Greenhill
    41. 41. What do other SL librarians think? <ul><li>“ ..opportunity to meet so many other librarians and library students from around the world and in every type of librarianship” </li></ul><ul><li>Abbey Zenith, Alliance Library System </li></ul>“… working with people who have great ideas and want to implement them … working on the future of libraries…” Lorelei Junot, Alliance Library System Kathryn Greenhill
    42. 42. Backup tour of Australian Libraries Building - in case of technical problems Kathryn Greenhill
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