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Virtual Libraries, Real Librarians. What librarians are doing in Second Life and how Australian Libraries can join in.

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Presentation by Kathryn Greenhill at the State Library of Victoria, 23 July 2007. Outlines "What is Second Life?", "What are libraries doing there?" and "How can Australian libraries join in?".

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Virtual Libraries, Real Librarians. What librarians are doing in Second Life and how Australian Libraries can join in.

  1. 1. Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  2. 2. Virtual Libraries, Real Librarians Kathryn Greenhill State Library of Victoria 23 July 2007 Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  3. 3. Who am I ? Australian Libraries Building Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  4. 4. Murdoch University Library: Discovering your Second Life Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  6. 6. <ul><li>What is Second Life ? </li></ul><ul><li>What are librarians doing there? </li></ul><ul><li>Easy ways Australian public librarians can try it out. </li></ul><ul><li>Tour of Australian Libraries Building </li></ul>Outline Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  7. 7. What is Second Life? Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  8. 8. A 3D Online Digital World Imagined, Created and Owned by its residents MUVE : Multi User Virtual Environment Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  9. 9. Avatars Islands Buildings Objects Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  10. 10. <ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>http://secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><li>System specifications </li></ul><ul><li>Family name. First name </li></ul><ul><li>Download client </li></ul>Accessing Second Life Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  11. 11. <ul><li>YES </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic, user controlled interface </li></ul><ul><li>Avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with environment </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with others </li></ul>Isn’t it just a game ? <ul><li>NO </li></ul><ul><li>No rules </li></ul><ul><li>No points </li></ul><ul><li>No strategy </li></ul><ul><li>No win/lose </li></ul><ul><li>No start and end </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  12. 12. <ul><li>>8 million registered </li></ul><ul><li>33 K online at once </li></ul>Who is in Second Life ? <ul><li>Individuals </li></ul><ul><li>Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Educators </li></ul><ul><li>Australians </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  13. 13. <ul><li>Avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Talk </li></ul><ul><li>Modify </li></ul><ul><li>Move </li></ul>What do you do Second Life ? Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  14. 14. <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
  15. 15. <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
  16. 16. What do librarians do there? Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  17. 17. <ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Desk is staffed </li></ul><ul><li>Questionpoint software </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  18. 18. <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>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  19. 19. <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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database trials </li></ul></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  20. 20. <ul><li>Classes and Seminars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For everyone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using SL tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Getting your avatar together </li></ul></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  21. 21. My, how it’s grown <ul><li>April 2006 Shopfront </li></ul><ul><li>Sept. 2006 2 islands </li></ul><ul><li>February 2007 9 islands </li></ul><ul><li>July 2007 Over 40 islands </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  22. 22. About islands Non-profit /education: US$837 Monthly maintenance: US$147 This is half the regular price. 65,536 square metres (16 acres) One island per server Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  23. 23. <ul><li>Sponsorship </li></ul>Who pays? <ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul></ul>Library services Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  24. 24. InfoIsland Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  25. 25. Example: Teen grid <ul><li>13 – 18 years </li></ul><ul><li>UNESCO projects </li></ul>Eye4You Alliance Teen grid Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  26. 26. Imagination Island … a magical place with displays, environments, and experiments relating to children’s literature Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  27. 27. Healthinfo Island Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  28. 28. EduIslands Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  29. 29. Ten ways you can join in Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  30. 30. 1. Play Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  32. 32. 2. Attend a class Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  33. 33. http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/programs/cpd/Second_Life.html Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  34. 34. 3. Run a class Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  35. 35. http://murdochsecondlife.pbwiki.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiH7dkOVaLc Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  36. 36. 4. Join the Google group and read the blog Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  37. 37. Blog: http://infoisland.org Google group (request invitation): http://groups.google.com/group/alliancesecondlife Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  38. 38. 5. Take a tour Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  41. 41. 6. Volunteer on the reference desk Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  43. 43. 7. Use the Australian Libraries Building Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  44. 44. SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City/209/61/24/ Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  45. 45. 8. Dance with Librarians Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  46. 46. Every second Saturday 12noon AEST TX950 on top of Bell Library, Information Island Details on the Google group Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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  49. 49. 9. Run a group Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  50. 50. http://librariansmatter.com/blog/2007/04/30/ten-very-good-reasons-why-your-librarians-should-be-in-second-life/ Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  51. 51. 10. Create your own branch Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  52. 52. http://librariansmatter.com/blog/2007/05/01/six-very-bad-reasons-to-have-a-library-branch-in-second-life/ Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  53. 53. Let’s play….. Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  54. 54. <ul><li>Contact me. </li></ul><ul><li>Kathryn Greenhill </li></ul><ul><li>Second life name: Emerald Dumont </li></ul><ul><li>http://librariansmatter.com </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  55. 55. EXTRA SLIDES Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
  56. 56. Backup tour of Australian Libraries Building - in case of technical problems Kathryn Greenhill http://librariansmatter.com
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