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Computers in Libraries 2007: Day 3 – Alliance & Charlotte Libraries Get a Second Life: Library Services in a Virtual World



Computers in Libraries 2007: Day 3 – Alliance & Charlotte Libraries Get a Second Life: Library Services in a Virtual World

Lori Bell, Tom Peters, Kelly Czarnecki, and Matt Gullett

Lori – intro to second life and their projects
two main projects – adult and teen focuses

5000 daily visitors to the Alliance Information Archipelago and 2-3000 teen visitors per day to the Eye4You Alliance Island – cool.

explanation of avatars

Gone from 1 to 10 islands, 10 partner islands!

starting to work with immersive environments – ex. Sci Fi and Fanstasy portal – looks like a space ship.

Pantheon Performance Center – live piano concerts, student productions

Cool – they mentioned Topeka & Shawnee County Library’s teen project!

explained second life library’s services:
reference
programs
exhibits
collections
book and genre discussions
training

Why are librarians in Second Life?
this is a new professional frontier
this is where many of our users and non-users are
to attract new users to the traditional library through referral
to investigate library services in virtual worlds
to provide library services 24/7
to meet and work with librarians worldwide
to learn and use the 3D web, the emerging web interaction interface

what have we learned?
virtual world residents do want a library
collaboration is the key and partnerships are essential
exhibits – very popular; events attract crowds
SL is fun – fun factor is a catalyst

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  • http://www.myspace.com/lesterpubliclibrary Jeff Dawson

    I left Topeka a month too soon! Lori, Kelly, Matt had a telephone conference with us (TSCPL YA team) in the early stages of developing the TSCPL Second Life project. They had great ideas then, would have enjoyed meeting and talking with them.

  • davidleeking

    Hey, Jeff! You know, you can STILL do stuff with them, and in Second Life… :-)

  • davidleeking

    Hey, Jeff! You know, you can STILL do stuff with them, and in Second Life… :-)

  • http://www.myspace.com/lesterpubliclibrary Jeff Dawson

    I left Topeka a month too soon! Lori, Kelly, Matt had a telephone conference with us (TSCPL YA team) in the early stages of developing the TSCPL Second Life project. They had great ideas then, would have enjoyed meeting and talking with them.

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