The Alexandrian Free Library

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A presentation by JJ Drinkwater (a.k.a. JJ Jacobson) for the Wolverine Kickoff Event.

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The Alexandrian Free Library

  1. 1. The Alexandrian Free Library A Study in Virtual Community (Second Life Library Profiles)
  2. 2. The Alexandrian Free Library <ul><li>Is a: </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium of community-based libraries </li></ul><ul><li>In, and beyond, Second Life </li></ul>
  3. 3. Who We Are <ul><li>Libraries for virtual communities </li></ul><ul><li>Arising from and rooted in the communities we serve </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Caledon Library <ul><li>Is a branch of the Alexandrian Free Library </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Steelhead Public Library <ul><li>is a branch of the Alexandrian Free Library </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Winterfell Library <ul><li>is a branch of the Alexandrian Free Library </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Toussaint L’Ouverture Library of New Toulouse <ul><li>is an affiliate of the Alexandrian Free Library </li></ul>
  8. 8. The R. F. Burton Library of New Babbage <ul><li>is an affiliate of the Alexandrian Free Library </li></ul>
  9. 9. Who we are <ul><li>Libraries for virtual communities </li></ul><ul><li>Arising from and rooted in the communities we serve </li></ul>
  10. 10. Presence
  11. 11. Services <ul><li>Commune, consult, aid, abet, advise </li></ul><ul><li>In, and beyond, Second Life </li></ul>
  12. 12. Exhibits
  13. 13. Collections
  14. 14. Events
  15. 15. Challenges <ul><li>Giving patrons something they can’t give themselves </li></ul>
  16. 16. Challenges <ul><li>Fitting in as the iconic library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>While functioning as a modern library </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Challenges <ul><li>Identifying evolving patron use patterns </li></ul>
  18. 18. Challenges <ul><li>Identifying community needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Often needs that are not yet in practice </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Opportunities <ul><li>Finding where library & museum techniques meet and supple,ent each other </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting the historical record in ways that are graspable, yet lead into the broadest vista </li></ul>
  20. 20. Opportunities <ul><li>Turning the new bibliophile on to what’s out there </li></ul><ul><li>Pleasures! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of reading </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Of knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expanding into the age of massive networked digital content </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Opportunities <ul><li>Patrons = Partners </li></ul><ul><li>Third place / adult play </li></ul><ul><li>Living imaginative lives, living literate lives </li></ul>
  22. 22. Images from the Field <ul><li>Libraries, exhibits, and dances with wings </li></ul>
  23. 23. Images from the Field <ul><li>Consultation </li></ul><ul><li>Tea party </li></ul><ul><li>Library without Walls </li></ul>
  24. 24. URLs I: Tools <ul><li>Twitter Box for SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ordinalmalaprop.com/twitter/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter: http://twitter.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blog-HUD Second Life blogging system </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://bloghud.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Caledon Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://thelibrarymilitant.net/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Steelhead Public Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://library.steelheadcity.us </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Custom Search Engine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://google.com/coop/cse?cx=015330499799466611175%3Aaf0xg9rscyg </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Feedback Gathering </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://caledonlibrary.wufoo.com/forms/caledon-library-aetheric-opinion-gathering-gizmo/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://caledonlibrary.wufoo.com/forms/suggest-a-link-to-the-aether/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://caledonlibrary.wufoo.com/forms/caledon-library-reference-links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/SteampunkSites </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. URLs II: Community <ul><li>Community Forums & Wikis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://steelheadsentinel.blogspot.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.caledoforums.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.caledonwiki.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Community Calendars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/5zknb9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=gabrielle.riel%40comcast.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://tinyurl.com/5w3m8g </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogosphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://caerfyrddin.org/mostlycaledon.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>YouTube: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://youtube.com/watch?v=RRj3HNx8_wA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://youtube.com/watch?v=jFaeyQqftS0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://youtube.com/watch?v=o57nvrgx-24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://youtube.com/watch?v=3C7deS8u4J8 </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>The role of JJ Jacobson (MSI 2005) player by JJ Drinkwater, JJDrinkwater [at] gmail.com </li></ul>

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