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Librarians in Second Life

  1. 1. Librarians in Second Life Collaboration in a Virtual World By Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg Texas Woman’s University Doctoral Student, School of Library and Information Studies TLA District 7 ©2008
  2. 2. Why Second Life? <ul><li>ALA Island </li></ul><ul><li>Alliance Virtual Library </li></ul><ul><li>Educational opportunities </li></ul>
  3. 3. American Library Association in SL Librarians share Ideas through blogs. Jenny Levine’s Blog The Shifted Librarian
  4. 4. ALA Convention July 2008 Anaheim, CA Machinima : Val Goes to ALA
  5. 5. Alliance Virtual Library <ul><li>Picture here </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Desk </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibits and Events </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Book Discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Global Collaboration </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reference Desk Goal of offering reference help 24/7 from around the globe.
  7. 7. Exhibits and Events <ul><li>Exhibit pic here </li></ul>Virtually “Starry Night” “ The Bookbinder’s Ball”
  8. 8. Libraries Danish Library Alliance Bell Tower
  9. 9. Book Discussions The Reader’s Garden
  10. 10. Global Collaboration California Library Association’s first event in SL on Talis .
  11. 11. Educational Opportunities <ul><li>Virtual Classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>Conferences and Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Immersive Learning Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Research Symposiums </li></ul>
  12. 12. Virtual Classrooms Librarians learning together without distance as a barrier.
  13. 13. Conferences and Workshops March 8, 2008 Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education & Museums Conference
  14. 14. Immersive Learning Environments Land of Lincoln TCEA and the Virtual Alamo on ISTE
  15. 15. Research Symposiums TWU Virtual Research Symposium April 2008
  16. 16. A New Mode of Communication: 3D Interactive Tools <ul><li>Building tools </li></ul><ul><li>Scripting tools </li></ul><ul><li>Digital resource links </li></ul><ul><li>Holodecks </li></ul>Pic here
  17. 17. Research for the Libraries of Tomorrow <ul><li>Valibrarian Research </li></ul><ul><li>Talis Cybrary Island </li></ul>“ A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas– a place where history comes to life.” - Norman Cousins Valibrarian’s Blog
  18. 18. References Bell, L., Pope, K. and Peters, T. (2007) . Get a [Second] life! Computers in Libraries , 27(1), pp. 10-15. Bell, L. (2007). A Report on the First Year of Operation of the Alliance Library 2.0 Second Life Library Project also known as Alliance Archipelago Island. Bell, L., Pope, K. and Peters, T. (2008). The Universal Library in a Virtual Universe. Searcher , Vol. 16 No. 5, pp. 26-61. Erdman, J. (2007). Reference in a 3D World: Preliminary Observations on Library Outreach in “Second Life” The Reference Librarian, Vol. 47 No. 2, pp. 29-39. Ferry, K., Gelfand, J., Peterman, D. and Tomren, H. (2008). Virtual Reality and Establishing a Presence in Second Life: New Forms of Grey Literature? University of California at Irvine Conference on Grey Literature, pp.113-118. Floyd, J., Frank, I., De la Pena McCook, K., and Smith, A. (2007). Second Life for Librarians. Florida Libraries , Spring , pp. 4-7. Gee, J.P. (2003). What Video Games have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Godfrey, K. and Dinberg, D. (2007). Brave New World or 500 Librarians Can’t be Wrong! Felicitr, Vol. 4, pp. 214-215. Canada Library Association. Grassian, E. (2007). “Stumbling, Bumbling, Telelporting, and Flying…a Librarian Avatar in Second Life: a mixed media presentation” (accessed 13 September 2008). Howard, John. (2008). “Stepping into Virtual Worlds” http:// (accessed July 21, 2008) Levine, J. (2006, April 12). “Second Library”, The Shifted Librarian . (accessed 13 September 2008) Miller, P. (2007). What Happens When We Mash the Library? Ariadne (Online) Vol. 50 No. 1. Spencer, B. (2008). Librarians in Second Life. Mississippi Libraries , Vol. 72 No. 1, pp. 14-16. Stephenson, N. (1992). Snow Crash . New York: Doubleday.