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1 Virtual Neighborhood, Real Community Serving Community Needs in a Virtual World

2 We’ll talk about Whither the Library? Patrons as Partners Local & Networked Libraries “MyNeighborhood Library” Roleplay & Research What Can the Library and the Librarian Do? The Toolkit

3 Whither the Library? Info Island models Library services for a virtual world Interests + virtual geography = community “Put the information where the work is being done” Integrating library services into virtual world communities

4 Patrons as Partners Third Place Adult play Living Imaginative Lives Living Literate Lives

5 BUT WAIT….. Why do these specialized libraries matter, in a fully networked world? Conservation of effort, cognitive cost  People look to close resources first  People look to resources they know exist  OR resources they can guess exist la

6 My Neighborhood Library “This is in my neighborhood, this is my library” Tailoring for the interests that define the community  Focused Collections  Theme-friendly services  Look & feel  Conversation

7 Roleplay & Research “This is my other life” Support - research for any reason Respond - understand patron engagement Invite - eclectic & interdisciplinary sources Play along - information as inspiration Deepen -

8 What can the Library & the Librarian do? Be a Presence Weave the social fabric Grow with the community Community Events Local Guest Curators

9 The Toolkit Built into SL Client or use LSL scripting language  "URL loader” Scripts  “Givers”  Suggestion box  IM-to-  Twitter box for SL  Blog-HUD SL Outside of SL  Community Forums  SL History Wiki  Community Events Calendar  The Connolly Telegraph News of the “19th Century Grid”News of the “19th Century Grid”  Resident blogs & YouTube  Library Website  Library Custom Search Engine  Library Feedback Gatherers “Tell us what you think”“Tell us what you think” “Suggest a resource”“Suggest a resource”

10 The Virtual Librarian’s Bag of Tricks

11 URLs I: Tools Twitter Box for SLTwitter Box for SL   Twitter: Blog-HUD Second Life blogging system:Blog-HUD Second Life blogging system:  Caledon LibraryCaledon Library  Custom Search EngineCustom Search Engine  cyg Feedback GatheringFeedback Gathering  General -- library-feedback  Suggest -- aether  Detailed Suggest (for librarians) --

12 URLs II: Community Caledon Community ForumsCaledon Community Forums  Caledon Community CalendarCaledon Community Calendar  mcast.net SL History Wiki - CaledonSL History Wiki - Caledon  n Connolly Telegraph - “The 19th Century Grid”Connolly Telegraph - “The 19th Century Grid”  YouTube: resident reflections of the communityYouTube: resident reflections of the community    

13 URLs III: Residents Resident Blogs (Selected)Resident Blogs (Selected)        Resident Blog Adventure: Journey to 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Mysterious IslandResident Blog Adventure: Journey to 20,000 Leagues Beneath the Mysterious Island  below-the-mysterious-island-all-chapter-links/

14 JJ Jacobson skype: drinkwater.of.caledon et/from-the-directors-desk/


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