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Title: Second Life


1
Second Life Info Island Library Service in a
Virtual World 03 April 2007 Michael
Sauers Nebraska Library Commission Rhonda
Trueman Johnson Wales University
2
What is Second Life?
  • Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely
    built and owned by its residents.
  • An environment

3
Statistics
19 March 2007 905SLT
4
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5
Is Second Life a Game?
  • For me, it is a game because its a form of
    entertainment.
  • There are games in Second Life (Super Lag Ball)
  • There is no manufactured conflict, no set
    objective. Its an entirely open-ended
    experience.
  • Its an OS

6
Recommended System Requirements
  • Internet Connection Cable or DSL
  • Computer Processor 1.6GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon
    2000 or better
  • Computer Memory 512MB or better
  • Video/Graphics Card
  • nVidia GeForce FX 5600, GeForce 6600, or better
  • OR ATI Radeon 9600, X600, or better
  • NOTE Second Life does NOT currently support
    Windows Vista

7
Account Options
  • Free
  • Additional free accounts are 9.95
  • L225 signup bonus
  • Premium
  • 9.95/mo
  • L1000 signup bonus
  • L300/week stipend

8
Quote
  • What is there to teach? You just log in and do
    it. -Sara, age 13

9
Avatars!
www.flickr.com/photos/pathfinderlinden/386259434/
www.flickr.com/photos/araiya/31927037/
10
In-world Communication
  • Text chat
  • IM
  • Stream in audio and video
  • In-world voice coming soon

11
Economy
  • Linden Dollars (L)
  • Liquid Market
  • Buy L with real US
  • Sell L for real US
  • 1L240

12
Owning Land
  • Must have a premium account to own land.
  • Islands are priced at US1,675 for 65,536 square
    meters (about 16 acres). Monthly land fees for
    maintenance are US295.
  • We offer a discount to verified real world
    educators and academic institutions (e.g.,
    universities/schools) or 501(c)3 non-profit
    organizations that will be using the regions to
    support their organization's official work. For
    these organizations, small islands are priced at
    US980 for 65,536 square meters (about 16 acres),
    and monthly land fees for maintenance are US150.

13
83 sq miles
14
Building
  • Create a prim
  • Shape it, color it, texture it
  • Apply physics and lighting

15
Scripting
  • Avatar and object control
  • Movement (sexy walk, pose, dance, combat)
  • Permissions (ownership, copy, modify)
  • Audio/Video
  • Event sensing
  • Output

16
Who owns what I create?
  • You retain all rights to your intellectual
    property.

17
Camera View
  • You dont have to look through your eyes.

18
Learning Environments
  • Walk through molecular models
  • Meditate in a Shinto temple
  • Heart Murmur Simulation
  • Live in Victorian times
  • Live in Ancient Rome
  • Visit the Globe Theatre

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Events
http//www.flickr.com/photos/jeremyvaught/42235877
9/
  • US Congress
  • Henry VIII
  • Book discussion groups
  • Author events
  • Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz
  • Concerts
  • Jay Z, U2, Duran Duran, Suzanne Vega

http//www.nevillehobson.com/2007/03/14/dean-koont
z-comes-to-second-life/
http//www.flickr.com/photos/34929109_at_N00/42298769
8/
21
Par-tay!
http//www.flickr.com/photos/photolibraries/419796
290/
http//www.flickr.com/photos/christajoy42/38523350
7/
22
Groups
  • Librarians of Second Life
  • Podcaster Island
  • Stroke victims
  • Wheelies
  • The Land of Doctor Who

23
Machinima
24
Info Island
Alliance Library Systems April 2006 Rented
space May 2006 InfoIsland Currently 10 ALS
Islands 9 Associated Islands
25
Places Faces
  • InfoIsland
  • InfoIsland 2
  • Health InfoIsland
  • Cybrary City
  • Cybrary City 2
  • EduIsland
  • EduIsland 2
  • ALA/ Arts Island
  • Imagination Island
  • Renaissance Island
  • Eye4YouAlliance
  • Island (Teen Grid)

26
Service
  • Outreach
  • Public
  • Academic
  • Special
  • Conversation
  • Events
  • Workshops
  • Displays Exhibits
  • One-on-one interactions

27
Benefits
  • Networking
  • Partnerships Collaboration
  • Events, workshops, discussion groups
  • Meeting space
  • Creative Space
  • Continuing education
  • Library education

28
Cybrary City 1 2
  • Individual Library Space
  • Academic
  • Johnson Wales University
  • Stanford Engineering Library
  • Claremont College Digital Library
  • Public
  • Kansas State Library
  • Society Hill (SC) Public Library
  • Public Library of Charlotte Mecklenburg County
    (NC)
  • Special
  • Law
  • Medical
  • Nebraska Library Commission

29
Cybrary City Library Schools
UNC Chapel Hill UNC Greensboro University of
South Florida San Jose State University
University of Michigan University of
Pittsburgh City University of NY
30
  • ALA Headquarters and Washington Office Come to SL
  • David Lankes from Syracuse University delivered
    ALA's
  • Washington Office's first interactive
    presentation in Second
  • Life
  • http//iis.syr.edu/projects/PNOpen/

31
Reality Checks
32
Reality Checks
  • If you dont have the recommended hardware its
    going to be a frustrating experience.
  • If you cant follow several conversations and are
    easily annoyed by tyops…
  • You dont have to spend real money, but it helps.

33
Reality Checks
  • The more people at an event/in a location the
    greater the lag will be.
  • Your boss and co-workers will probably not view
    this as work so youll be contributing personal
    time.
  • The more fun youre having, the more time youll
    want to spend on the grid.

34
Reality Checks
  • People are generally polite but theyll still
    fall on your head.
  • Dont plan on keeping track of acquaintances
    based on their appearance as many change their
    avatars regularly.

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36
Reality Checks
  • Updates, updates, updates.
  • Trying to log in for an event at the last minute
    only to find out you need to download a new
    version first.
  • System problems
  • Grey Goo
  • Purchased items disappearing
  • The world goes offline

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38
Getting Started
  • Sign up for a free account and play!
  • InfoIsland.org
  • Podcasts
  • Whos on Second
  • Second Life Library
  • Videos on YouTube

39
Thank you!
  • Michael Sauers
  • a.k.a.
  • TravelinLibrarian Mandelbrot
  • Nebraska Library Commission
  • msauers_at_nlc.state.ne.us
  • www.travelinlibrarian.info

Rhonda Trueman a.k.a. Abbey Zenith Johnson
Wales University, Charlotte abbeyzen_at_gmail.com rho
nda.trueman_at_jwu.edu
del.icio.us/travelinlibrarian/secondlife
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