Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Second Life Library 2.0 Meeting

Pathfinder Linden (in the green wizard hat) called participants at tonight's Second Life Library 2.0 meeting "pioneers" as a group of librarians met to discuss the the new in-game library. As the talk turned to publicizing our presence, Pathfinder gave great suggestions such as participating in a the current culture fair "Dreams" and installing a kiosk that links to his directory of Real Life Education Places in Second Life

After he left, committees were set up to deal with various aspects of SL such as programs, collections, staffing the reference desk, a grand opening celebration and more. Programs via OPAL, a monthly book discussion, guides on how to use the library, a donation box, roving reference, a column in the Metaverse Messenger, and a "book" mobile were just a few of the ideas tossed around.

Issues such as confidentiality, a teen space on Teen Second Life, PG appropriateness of materials and behavior, and a formal style of government for the new space were also discussed.

The meeting was attended by a local e-book vendor and an author as well as 20-25 librarians. As the discussion evolved to formal hours and training, one librarian warned "don't build a traditional library in cyberspace - that isn't the idea here folks," before departing.

Complete meeting minutes should be posted over on the Second Life blog at http://secondlifelibrary.blogspot.com

Stay tuned - and the next time you are logged into Second Life, teleport over to Minoa Heights and look us up! Coordinates 200, 85, 111 puts you right outside the door.

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