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SecondLife Libraries

For library people who use SecondLife

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Started by John Muratet. Last reply by Maeve Everest Sep 15, 2008.

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Comment by Mike McQueen on March 20, 2009 at 11:13pm
I have not used Second Life yet. Can someone explain the benefits to librarians?
Comment by Caryn Wesner-Early on March 31, 2009 at 12:29pm
Mike -

I think the benefits will be what we make them. "Of what use is a newborn baby?" It'll depend very much on what kind of library you're in, and the direction you and the library want to go. For public and school libraries, it might be just being accessible to part of your patron base. For university libraries, supporting the academic programs is the main mission, and as universities find ways to use SL for academic programs, the libraries will have to be there, too. You might go to some of the universities that have presences in SL and see what seems to be happening.

My own interest, at least right now, is that I'm a contractor for a government agency that is exploring options for employees to work at home, even in other states. Our library is right on top of what the agency offers, as far as remote access, but there will be more. Right now, our remote employees are required to come in to the office once a week (on average). If people start working from Washington State, though, that will be impractical. I can really see the government turning to SL (or something similar) to allow people to meet "in person" without having to fly for several hours to see each other. In that case, I'd like Mimsey (my avatar) to be a friendly library presence as well, ready to help them whenever they need it, wherever they are. (Reading this over, I'm reminded that there was a conference just last week on government use of virtual environments - held, oddly, in meatspace in DC, but it's a start!)

Anyone else?

Caryn Wesner-Early/MimseyBorogove Susanowa
Comment by Jean Hewlett on April 2, 2009 at 8:43pm
Great answer, Mimsey :-) - My avatar, Riven Homewood, is the director of a library that exists only in SecondLife - I see this as an experiment in delivering library services to virtual patrons - I'm also fascinated by the fact that many virtual communities on SL feel they need a library, that their community is somehow incomplete without one. I think understanding why this happens is useful for libraries as a whole, since it involves understanding the other roles a library plays other than acting as a book dispensory.
Comment by Mike McQueen on April 2, 2009 at 11:18pm
Very interesting, thank you for taking the time to comment!
Comment by Carolyn Woods on January 21, 2011 at 10:55am
My avatar needs new inspiration!
Comment by Oscar Gaona on January 21, 2011 at 6:52pm

Mimsey, also I think this is a new way to met patrons from any place in the Real Life and it is a good opportunity for taking advantage of new technologies and new document formats (audio, video, image, pdf).

Jean (Riven Homewood), what is your Library's name? And what about your experience with the SL patrons and their information needs?



Oscar Gaona / Osim Camel

Comment by Jean Hewlett on June 15, 2011 at 5:30pm

Hello everybody :)

I must confess I had forgotten this group existed. But apparently there are a lot of you here. I'm very interested in learning more about you - which virtual worlds you use, what libraries you are connected with, whether this group has been of any use to you.

Comment by Jean Hewlett on June 15, 2011 at 5:39pm

To start off:

I'm Riven Homewood, Director of the Steelhead Public Library in SecondLife. I also put some effort into trying to establish a library on Blue Mars, but have given that up now that the platform has changed. I'm a board member for the Alexandrian Free Library, a consortium of SecondLife libraries that are mostly located in roleplaying sims. Steelhead is an 1890 Oregon town, and our library serves as a meeting place and community resource, much as a public library of that period might have served their town.

I often attend the inworld Information Literacy Group meetings. 've also worked with the Community Virtual Library, but find I don't have sufficient patience to deal with a stream of people who are new to SecondLife.


Ok, that's enough about me. Now tell me about yourselves, please.



Comment by Jean Hewlett on June 15, 2011 at 5:42pm

Library 2.011 Worldwide Virtual Conference, November 2-3

One more question--I found this group again because I registered for this conference: Are members of this group interested in putting together some type of presentation or panel about virtual world libraries? If so, I'd like to hear from you about it.

Comment by Caryn Wesner-Early on June 15, 2011 at 6:02pm

A few months ago, I was peppering all the VR library groups with a request, but I think I missed this one!  I'm looking for information on libraries and librarians in NON-SL VRs.  I know there are a lot of enterprise worlds out there, being used for meetings, training, etc., but I'm trying to find out what librarians are doing in regards to them.  If you know of anyone who's doing something like that, or if you are, please contact me at  Thanks a lot!




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