2017 LIBR: EDU: PEOPLE: Metaverse Libraries: Communities as Resources Part 1

Metaverse Libraries: Communities as ResourcesPart 1 of a talk given by Dr. Valerie Hill, Dr. Marie Vans, Alyse Dunavant-Jones to the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life.  Part 1 reviews the history of libraries in virtual worlds.byDr Valerie Hill–Valibrarian GreggDr. Marie Vans–amvansLapisAlyse Dunavant-Jones–Antemeridiem DiskJocky-A community as a library resource? The secret source of the webA school for self-study in virtual worlds. We call that a libraryEducation in Virtual Worlds. SummaryCommunity Virtual Library (CVL).*******************************************************************(More after the break, scroll down!)********************************************************************** Genre-Places Short Poetry Workshop, Tue, 7/11, 7pm SLTThis week the Short Poetry Workshop is Genre-Places. Arabella Nemeth is guest host and we’ll write a poem from the viewpoint of a favorite place: hometown, childhood home, vacation cabin, stunning mountain view.   Short Poetry Workshop – East Cookie, Cookie (185, 121, 23)Metaverse events, current and upcomingIMA Blog3D web-worlds of the browser (G+ community)Public service web-world by CybaLounge. Virtual worlders, this one is for usOSCC presentation videos availableCRASH! Site, the musical under development by people like usMal Burns: Inworld ReviewTry a browser-based virtual worldSelby’s daily news collection:  Virtual worlds are real   Virtual Outworlding news collection Events on the Hypergrid: HYPEventsEntertainment on the HypergridHYPERGRID EVENTSDestination guide: OpenSimWorldHyperica, Directory of Opensimulator hypergrid destinationsOpensim AAM Virtual PerformersWELCOME TO SEANCHAI LIBRARIESVirtual world G+ communities:  Communities virtual worlds G+MOSES software developmentIn a virtual world, your deodorant never fails.*****************************************************History of Libraries in Virtual WorldsIn 2003, the place we know as Second Life opened and librarians immediately saw the value of the platform for immersive learning and global connectivity. By 2006, the Alliance Library System was looking at Second Life as a way to provide some library services to a new generation of users. Many of these users are those comfortable with looking for information on internet and want the added convenience of not having to leave home to get it.-In 2007, the first major Second Life library was born, the Info Archipelago, which had almost 40 islands associated with it. And when half an island was offered to the American Library Association, the ALA also opened a space in 2007. In 2011, Linden Labs discontinued the Educational discount that the libraries had enjoyed up until that point and the increase in cost meant that many institutions closed down their spaces in Second Life. And, while the ALA may have lost their virtual space, and the Info Archipelago greatly reduced its footprint, many librarians never gave up on virtual worlds as a platform for remaining relevant in a digital world. They managed to maintain a presence in Second Life as the Community Virtual Library.-The Community Virtual Library is the piece of the Info Archipelago that still exists and has recently seen a resurgent interest in using virtual worlds for collaboration by the ALA.Second Life LibrariesLibrarians have been in the forefront of using virtual worlds, both for delivering digital library services but also for teaching. There are several virtual worlds today that librarians are involved with. Second Life is only one of those, albeit the most populous one. It was also the first Open-Sim based world to open, the beta of which was in 2002.-Today (as of April, 2017), there are over 49 and a half million residents. This number is a little misleading, as many people have more than one avatar. There are also close to 24,000 regions and residents can buy virtual goods either inworld or on the Metaverse’s largest on-line market.-Probably the biggest drawback to Second Life is the cost. This slide shows just how expensive it really is…although it is cheaper for libraries now that Linden Labs brought back the educational discount.-The main library in Second Life is the Community Virtual Library (CVL). Many of the librarians associated with CVL have been in Second Life since the Info Archipelago established a presence here.  Many traditional librarian services are provided there like a staffed reference desk, rotating exhibits, and even a book club. Non-traditional activities that would not even be possible in the real world, such as teleporting to different worlds can also be found there.-The vision for CVL is to have “Virtual spaces for learning, resource-sharing, and exploration.And CVL is the hub that connects digital citizens in virtual worlds with the information and resources they seek.”–Another example of a space in Second Life run for and by librarians is VCARA, or the Virtual Center for Archives and Records Administration. -The ISchool Island itself has been around since 2007 and is run by the San Jose State University, iSchool. VCARA was established in 2009 as a space for librarians and archivists in training. The mission for VCARA is to “Provide virtual space and resources for those interested in any aspect of information science including archives, education, libraries, records, and special collections in order to communicate, collaborate, and exchange information; showcase accomplishments; educate; and innovate outside of the formal classroom structure. CVL and VCARA are two examples of virtual spaces run by and for librarians in Second Life.InWorldz LibrariesAnother virtual world with a library is Inworldz. Inworldz opened in 2009 and is significantly smaller than Second Life in terms of users and regions.Many of the residents in Inworldz left Second Life because of the prohibitive cost. Inworldz is very cheap compared to Second Life. And not just in terms of money, but in number of allowed primitives as well.-The Sendalonde Community Library was established in 2011 by Alexina Proctor and Prax Maryjasz, librarians who moved from Second Life to Inworldz. The library focuses mainly on community interests such as Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Folklore. In addition to a reference desk, exhibit halls, and book collections, Sendalonde has a separate theatre building for plays and lectures. A branch of the Seanchai library can also be found on the grounds of the Sendalonde community library. In addition to a presence in Inworldz, Seanchai can also be found in Second Life and Kitely. Having a venue that focuses on storytelling is a perfect match for any virtual library and Sendalonde is no exception.Kitely LibrariesKitely is yet another virtual world that hosts several libraries. Kitely is bigger than Inworldz, but smaller than Second Life. It is also much cheaper than Second

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