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Alliance Second Life   Library 2.0:   Going Where the Users Are Lori Bell, Michael Sauers, and Tom Peters  Session C105  I...
The Launch Graphic in SL
Lori Bell <ul><li>Director of Innovation Alliance Library System East Peoria, Illinois </li></ul>
What is Second Life (SL)? <ul><li>A 3-dimensional virtual reality world </li></ul><ul><li>Populated by nearly 1 million av...
Info Island
Why Are Librarians Involved in SL? <ul><li>Many SL avatars are pursuing info-related activities </li></ul><ul><li>Increasi...
Parvenu Tower on Info Island
What Are Librarians Doing? <ul><li>Designing, building, and decorating buildings and external landscapes </li></ul><ul><li...
Ref Desk at Info Island Landing
An Indoor Historical Exhibit
Timeline <ul><li>April 2006:  First Alliance Second Life Library built </li></ul><ul><li>May 2006:  Info Island donated </...
Branch Library in Caledon
It’s All About Partnerships <ul><li>Between two or more libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Soup </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Librar...
Michael Sauers <ul><li>Internet Trainer BCR Aurora, Colorado </li></ul>
“Minimal” Requirements <ul><li>PC </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL  </li></ul><ul><li>Operating System...
“ Recommended” Requirements <ul><li>PC </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Pro...
 
Reality Check #1 <ul><li>If you don’t have the “recommended” hardware it’s going to be a frustrating experience. </li></ul>
Reality Check #2 <ul><li>If you can’t follow several conversations and are easily annoyed by tyops… </li></ul>
Reality Check #3 <ul><li>You don’t have to spend real money, but it helps. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can get a stipend  ev...
Reality Check #4 <ul><li>The more people at an event/in a location the greater the lag will be. </li></ul>
InfoIsland Grand Opening
Reality Check #5 <ul><li>Your boss and co-workers will probably not view this as “work” so you’ll be contributing personal...
Reality Check #6 <ul><li>The more fun you’re having, the more time you’ll want to spend on the grid. </li></ul>
InfoIsland Grand Opening
Reality Check #7 <ul><li>People are generally polite but they’ll still fall on your head. </li></ul>
Reality Check #8 <ul><li>Don’t plan on keeping track of acquaintances based on their appearance as many change their avata...
Reality Check #9 <ul><li>Updates, updates, updates. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trying to log in for an event at the last minute...
Reality Check #10 <ul><li>System problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grey Goo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased items disapp...
Reality Check #11 <ul><li>Sometimes it just doesn’t work. </li></ul>
Tom Peters <ul><li>Founder and CEO TAP Information Services Blue Springs, Missouri </li></ul>
What We Are Learning <ul><li>Islands, Buildings and Grounds </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Governance & Mana...
Espresso Bar in Main Library
Addressing Fundamental Questions <ul><li>What types of library services do SL avatars want, need, and expect? </li></ul><u...
Outdoor Discussion on NMC Campus
Challenges <ul><li>Volunteer Labor (self-inflicted burnout) </li></ul><ul><li>External Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise...
Talis Sci Fi & Fantasy Building
Predictions, Bloody Predictions <ul><li>Library services to avatars will thrive. </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture will evolv...
Librarian Avatars Cut the Rug!
Questions and Discussion
Info Island as Gathering Place
Eiseldora’s Bookmaking Workshop
Presentation Training
Contact Us <ul><li>Lori Bell </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Innovation, Alliance Library System </li></ul><ul><li>Email:  [...
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An overview of the Seconf Life Library 2.0 project.
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  1. 1. Alliance Second Life Library 2.0: Going Where the Users Are Lori Bell, Michael Sauers, and Tom Peters Session C105 Internet Librarian Conference Monday, October 23, 2006, Monterey, California
  2. 2. The Launch Graphic in SL
  3. 3. Lori Bell <ul><li>Director of Innovation Alliance Library System East Peoria, Illinois </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Second Life (SL)? <ul><li>A 3-dimensional virtual reality world </li></ul><ul><li>Populated by nearly 1 million avatars </li></ul><ul><li>A complete community: society, culture, economy, buildings, goods, services… </li></ul><ul><li>Operated by Linden Labs </li></ul><ul><li>Not a game! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Info Island
  6. 6. Why Are Librarians Involved in SL? <ul><li>Many SL avatars are pursuing info-related activities </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly used by higher ed. for more interactive distance learning </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a creative and artistic outlet </li></ul><ul><li>Satisfies the desire to build and design a library organization from scratch </li></ul>
  7. 7. Parvenu Tower on Info Island
  8. 8. What Are Librarians Doing? <ul><li>Designing, building, and decorating buildings and external landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Designing and implementing communication methods (chat, IM, VoIP, data portals, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Reference services </li></ul><ul><li>Collections and Interactive Displays </li></ul><ul><li>Events: tours, training, lectures, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Trials of Databases and Services </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ref Desk at Info Island Landing
  10. 10. An Indoor Historical Exhibit
  11. 11. Timeline <ul><li>April 2006: First Alliance Second Life Library built </li></ul><ul><li>May 2006: Info Island donated </li></ul><ul><li>August 2006: 2 nd island donated </li></ul><ul><li>September 2006: QuestionPoint trial and overall SLL reference service began </li></ul><ul><li>October 2006: Grand Opening; HealthInfo Island; Cybrary City </li></ul>
  12. 12. Branch Library in Caledon
  13. 13. It’s All About Partnerships <ul><li>Between two or more libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Tech Soup </li></ul><ul><li>ICT Library </li></ul><ul><li>World Bridges </li></ul><ul><li>New Media Consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions of Higher Education </li></ul><ul><li>Museums </li></ul>
  14. 14. Michael Sauers <ul><li>Internet Trainer BCR Aurora, Colorado </li></ul>
  15. 15. “Minimal” Requirements <ul><li>PC </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL </li></ul><ul><li>Operating System: Windows XP (Service Pack 2) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OR Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Computer Processor: 800MHz Pentium III or Athlon, or better </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Memory: 256MB or better </li></ul><ul><li>Video/Graphics Card**: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mac </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Connection*: Cable or DSL </li></ul><ul><li>Operating System: Mac OS X 10.3.9 or better </li></ul><ul><li>Computer Processor: 1 GHz G4 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 2, GeForce 4mx, or better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. “ Recommended” Requirements <ul><li>PC </li></ul><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>Mac </li></ul><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>
  17. 18. Reality Check #1 <ul><li>If you don’t have the “recommended” hardware it’s going to be a frustrating experience. </li></ul>
  18. 19. Reality Check #2 <ul><li>If you can’t follow several conversations and are easily annoyed by tyops… </li></ul>
  19. 20. Reality Check #3 <ul><li>You don’t have to spend real money, but it helps. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You can get a stipend even with a free account, but it’s not much. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Textures uploaded for L$10 each </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clothing, presentations, building </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current exchange rate aprox. $1 = L$190 </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Reality Check #4 <ul><li>The more people at an event/in a location the greater the lag will be. </li></ul>
  21. 22. InfoIsland Grand Opening
  22. 23. Reality Check #5 <ul><li>Your boss and co-workers will probably not view this as “work” so you’ll be contributing personal time. </li></ul>
  23. 24. Reality Check #6 <ul><li>The more fun you’re having, the more time you’ll want to spend on the grid. </li></ul>
  24. 25. InfoIsland Grand Opening
  25. 26. Reality Check #7 <ul><li>People are generally polite but they’ll still fall on your head. </li></ul>
  26. 27. Reality Check #8 <ul><li>Don’t plan on keeping track of acquaintances based on their appearance as many change their avatars regularly. </li></ul>
  27. 28. Reality Check #9 <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>
  28. 29. Reality Check #10 <ul><li>System problems </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grey Goo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Purchased items disappearing </li></ul></ul>
  29. 30. Reality Check #11 <ul><li>Sometimes it just doesn’t work. </li></ul>
  30. 31. Tom Peters <ul><li>Founder and CEO TAP Information Services Blue Springs, Missouri </li></ul>
  31. 32. What We Are Learning <ul><li>Islands, Buildings and Grounds </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing </li></ul><ul><li>Governance & Management </li></ul><ul><li>Collections </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogs </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Services </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Privacy, Safety, Security </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul>
  32. 33. Espresso Bar in Main Library
  33. 34. Addressing Fundamental Questions <ul><li>What types of library services do SL avatars want, need, and expect? </li></ul><ul><li>What types of library buildings and locations are needed? </li></ul><ul><li>Are collections needed? What types of information objects? </li></ul><ul><li>How to create links between in-world activity and real-world information resources? </li></ul>
  34. 35. Outdoor Discussion on NMC Campus
  35. 36. Challenges <ul><li>Volunteer Labor (self-inflicted burnout) </li></ul><ul><li>External Funding </li></ul><ul><li>Expertise Mining </li></ul><ul><li>Disaster Preparedness </li></ul><ul><li>Implementing Library 2.0 concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Rapidly evolving environment and human understanding of that environment </li></ul>
  36. 37. Talis Sci Fi & Fantasy Building
  37. 38. Predictions, Bloody Predictions <ul><li>Library services to avatars will thrive. </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture will evolve away from real-world architecture. </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries will include elements from museums, theme parks, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits and events will be more useful than traditional collections. </li></ul><ul><li>Immersive, experiential learning experiences (e.g., walk-in books & 3D interactive mash-ups). </li></ul>
  38. 39. Librarian Avatars Cut the Rug!
  39. 40. Questions and Discussion
  40. 41. Info Island as Gathering Place
  41. 42. Eiseldora’s Bookmaking Workshop
  42. 43. Presentation Training
  43. 44. Contact Us <ul><li>Lori Bell </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Innovation, Alliance Library System </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web: www.alliancelibrarysystem.com </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 309.694.9200 x2128 </li></ul><ul><li>Michael Sauers </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Trainer, BCR </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web: www.bcr.org </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 303.751.6277 x110 </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Peters </li></ul><ul><li>CEO, TAP Information Services </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web: www.tapinformation.com </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: 816.228.6406 </li></ul>
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