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Reuters News Service inside Second Life



From SmartMobs… Reuters has opened a news bureau inside Second Life. News.com has more: “Adam Pasick, a Reuters’ media correspondent based in London, will serve as the news organization’s first virtual bureau chief, using a personal avatar, or animated character, called “Adam Reuters,” in keeping with the game’s naming system.”

“As strange as it might seem, it’s not that different from being a reporter in the real world,” Pasick said. “Once you get used to it–it becomes very much like the job I have been doing for years.”

Wow – that’s one interesting job, huh? But did you see what the correspondent said? “…it’s not that different from being a reporter in the real world.” I’d have to guess it’d be the same for libraries!

Have you considered having a digital presence within Second Life?

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  • http://michaelkpate.com Michael K Pate

    We were discusing this on Saturday during the Grand Opening of the Second Life Library. It is extremely difficult for a single library to develop a presence inside of SL and not really necessary as the real world geographical limitations do not apply in a world where teleportation is trivial.

  • http://www.libraryplanet.com/ Michael Pate

    We were discusing this on Saturday during the Grand Opening of the Second Life Library. It is extremely difficult for a single library to develop a presence inside of SL and not really necessary as the real world geographical limitations do not apply in a world where teleportation is trivial.

  • davidleeking

    Interesting. Why is it “extremely difficult?” You buy the island, you put something on it… it could be as simple as IM and email on a billboard for starters. Something that points patrons back to your services, or provides “remote services.”

    Real world/teleportation stuff – doesn’t really matter. What’s important is meeting the patron where they are, and providing a version of your library “where they are.” that includes IM, email, digital space, cell phone, AND possibly SL (if it continues to develop).

    That’s my take, anyway.

  • davidleeking

    Interesting. Why is it “extremely difficult?” You buy the island, you put something on it… it could be as simple as IM and email on a billboard for starters. Something that points patrons back to your services, or provides “remote services.”

    Real world/teleportation stuff – doesn't really matter. What's important is meeting the patron where they are, and providing a version of your library “where they are.” that includes IM, email, digital space, cell phone, AND possibly SL (if it continues to develop).

    That's my take, anyway.