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School Librarians Get a Second Life: You Can Too!. Lisa Perez & Christie Thomas Chicago Public Schools Dept of Libraries. Library Organizations in Second Life. Types of Library in RL: Public Libraries – Cleveland Public Library.

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school librarians get a second life you can too

School Librarians Get a Second Life: You Can Too!

Lisa Perez & Christie Thomas

Chicago Public Schools Dept of Libraries

sl promotes collaboration
SL Promotes Collaboration

ALA Virtual Worlds & Communities Member Interest Group

second life collaboration
Second Life Collaboration
  • Second Life has an international community of members with translators available
  • Geographical locations not an issue
  • Disabilities minimized
  • Ability to create 3D images enhances meaning
  • Synchronous and asynchronous communication methods

ALA in Second Life

Banned Book Week

http infoisland org

Alliance Virtual Library

SL Library Leader

iste in sl

ISTE Headquarters – ISTE has four sims in SL

Weekly speakers and networking events


AASL – SIGMS Librarian Learning Community

  • Meets monthly during the school year
  • Monthly orientation meetings
  • Learn about upcoming meetings from SIGMS listserv, SIGMS in Twitter, SIGMS in FB, ISTE ning.

Will Richardson, 4/09


Some Previous Meetings

David Warlick

Mike Eisenberg


Some Previous Meetings

David Loertscher

Joyce Valenza


Upcoming Meetings

Doug Johnson – Wed, Sept 9 @ 8pm ET – “Are You a Format Bigot?”

Alan November – Wed, Oct 14 @ 8pm ET

Pam Berger – November

Watch the SIGMS communication channels for updated information


How Can You Use Second Life in Your District?

  • Become familiar with Second Life
  • Train several colleagues in Second Life
  • There are many places to initially meet free of charge
  • Take advantage of professional development already offered.
  • As SL develops usage among your colleagues, you may want to consider getting your own district sim

Join Groups in Second Life

  • ISTE
  • American Library Association
  • Librarians of Second Life (IM Elaine Tulip for an invitation)
  • Search “Groups” tab to find groups that interest you. You will receive announcements about upcoming events.

Visit Places in Second Life

Search “Places” tab to find locations to visit.

Teleport to the selected location.

Create a landmark if you would like to return.

library events in sl
Library Events in SL

Author visits

Book discussions

Special programs

Planning meetings

Training workshops

Special exhibits

Grand openings


Special committees

Authors Jack Gantos & Chris Crutcher

Second Life’s main grid is for persons 18 years or older. It is not intended for use with students. Educators use SL to participate in virtual college courses, to attend professional development and meetings, to interact with colleagues, and to identify real-world resources. Corporations use SL for virtual meetings and employee training. SL has in-world special interest groups, professional organizations, support groups, concerts, museums, libraries, and entertainment establishments.
issues in using sl in school
Issues in Using SL in School


Bandwidth limitations

Insufficient hardware requirements

Keeping labs with current software


Issues in creating accounts

Currently only for 13-17 on Teen Grid

Teachers need background checks


“By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 Enterprises) will have a “second life”, but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc.”

future of second life muves for libraries
Future of Second Life & MUVEs for Libraries

Reference services evolve

Archival of Second Life

Integrated OPAC

In-world web searches

Incorporate audio

More in-world training, events, and displays

Multiple virtual universes with transport between them and accessed via search engines



Lisa Perez (AV: Elaine Tulip)

Christie Thomas (AV: Corinne Fleury)