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1 School Librarians Get a Second Life: You Can Too! Lisa Perez & Christie Thomas Chicago Public Schools Dept of Libraries

2 Library Organizations in Second Life

3 Types of Library in RL: Public Libraries – Cleveland Public Library

4 Types of Library in RL: Academic Libraries – Princeton Library

5 Types of Library in RL: State Libraries – Kansas State Library

6 Types of Library in RL: School Libraries – Chicago Public Schools Professional Library

7 Second Life Libraries Info Island

8 Second Life Libraries Caledon Library

9 Second Life Libraries Illumination Library

10 SL Promotes Collaboration ALA Virtual Worlds & Communities Member Interest Group

11 Second Life Collaboration Second Life has an international community of members with translators available Geographical locations not an issue Disabilities minimized Ability to create 3D images enhances meaning Synchronous and asynchronous communication methods

12 Immersive Learning - Dante’s Inferno

13 Immersive Learning - Genome Island

14 Immersive Learning - NOAA

15 Immersive Learning - Sistene Chapel

16 Immersive Learning - Renaissance Island

17 Immersive Learning - Lincoln Memorial

18 Virtual Ability Island

19 ALA in Second Life Banned Book Week

20 Alliance Virtual Library SL Library Leader

21 ISTE in SL ISTE Headquarters – ISTE has four sims in SL Weekly speakers and networking events

22 AASL – SIGMS Librarian Learning Community Meets monthly during the school year Monthly orientation meetings Learn about upcoming meetings from SIGMS listserv, SIGMS in Twitter, SIGMS in FB, ISTE ning. Will Richardson, 4/09

23 Some Previous Meetings David Warlick Mike Eisenberg

24 Some Previous Meetings David Loertscher Joyce Valenza

25 Upcoming Meetings Doug Johnson – Wed, Sept 8pm ET – “Are You a Format Bigot?” Alan November – Wed, Oct 8pm ET Pam Berger – November Watch the SIGMS communication channels for updated information

26 How Can You Use Second Life in Your District? Become familiar with Second Life Train several colleagues in Second Life There are many places to initially meet free of charge Take advantage of professional development already offered. As SL develops usage among your colleagues, you may want to consider getting your own district sim

27 Join Groups in Second Life ISTE American Library Association Librarians of Second Life (IM Elaine Tulip for an invitation) Search “Groups” tab to find groups that interest you. You will receive announcements about upcoming events.

28 Visit Places in Second Life Search “Places” tab to find locations to visit. Teleport to the selected location. Create a landmark if you would like to return.

29 Library Events in SL Author visitsAuthor visits Book discussionsBook discussions Special programsSpecial programs Planning meetingsPlanning meetings Training workshopsTraining workshops Special exhibitsSpecial exhibits Grand openingsGrand openings PartiesParties Special committeesSpecial committees Authors Jack Gantos & Chris Crutcher

30 Second Life’s main grid is for persons 18 years or older. It is not intended for use with students. Educators use SL to participate in virtual college courses, to attend professional development and meetings, to interact with colleagues, and to identify real-world resources. Corporations use SL for virtual meetings and employee training. SL has in-world special interest groups, professional organizations, support groups, concerts, museums, libraries, and entertainment establishments.Second Life’s main grid is for persons 18 years or older. It is not intended for use with students. Educators use SL to participate in virtual college courses, to attend professional development and meetings, to interact with colleagues, and to identify real-world resources. Corporations use SL for virtual meetings and employee training. SL has in-world special interest groups, professional organizations, support groups, concerts, museums, libraries, and entertainment establishments.

31 Set up an account at

32 Enter SL through the downloaded viewer

33 Issues in Using SL in School Technical Bandwidth limitationsBandwidth limitations Insufficient hardware requirementsInsufficient hardware requirements Keeping labs with current softwareKeeping labs with current softwareLogistics Issues in creating accountsIssues in creating accounts Currently only for on Teen GridCurrently only for on Teen Grid Teachers need background checksTeachers need background checks

34 “By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 Enterprises) will have a “second life”, but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc.”

35 Our tweens & teens come to socialize and game

36 Future of Second Life & MUVEs for Libraries Reference services evolveReference services evolve Archival of Second LifeArchival of Second Life Integrated OPACIntegrated OPAC In-world web searchesIn-world web searches Incorporate audioIncorporate audio More in-world training, events, and displaysMore in-world training, events, and displays Multiple virtual universes with transport between them and accessed via search enginesMultiple virtual universes with transport between them and accessed via search engines

37 Contact Lisa Perez (AV: Elaine Tulip) Christie Thomas (AV: Corinne Fleury)


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