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Educators and Librarians as Information Providers in a Virtual World - presentation at VWLEM Conference 2009


<ul><li>1.Questions and Answers in a Virtual World : Educators and Librarians as Information Providers in Second Life Dr. Lorri Mon, Florida State University SIG-USE Elfreda A. ChatmanResearch Proposal Award, 2007 </li></ul> <p>2. Active Worlds There.comhttp://www.there.comGetty Art Museum in Whyville Whyville * The Blue Book: A Consumer Guide to Virtual Worlds Habbo Hotel 3. IBM SUNMICRO- SYSTEMS DELL SONY BMG DELL Second Life CDC Launched in 2003; 10 million+ registered (6 millionunique registered users) free basic accounts in 2006; audio in 2007; over 80 universities, many libraries; 390square miles of virtual land (6 times the size of D.C.) 4. Research Questions </p> <ul><li>How does embodiment as an avatar within a virtual world impact the information-seeking interaction between information service providers and information seekers? </li></ul> <ul><li>Are there aspects to virtual worlds self-presentation by information seekers or information service providers that inhibit or are detrimental to the success of an information interaction? </li></ul> <ul><li>Are there aspects to virtual worlds self-presentation by information seekers or information service providers that enhance or facilitate the success of an information interaction? </li></ul> <p>Interviews,observationsand screenshots are used in examining the self-presentations, working environments &amp; information objectsused by virtual worldinformation providers; analysis is framed byErving Goffmans work on self-presentation &amp; information control.Method 5. LIS 5916 Class, Sept. 19, 2007 6. The Working Environment: Information Architectures Princeton U. UNC-CH FSU MYTHICA DREXEL 7. The Working Environment: Alexandrine Libraries The LibraryofAlexandria Hobbit Shire Library 1800s Dirigible Library 8. The Information Providers Role: Presentation of the Self "are you really a librarian? a conservative or professional appearance [ my alt has blue hair ] Issues ofTrust: "...from brand newbie to well-dressed..." n00bs vs. residents 9. Avatar and Self Identity </p> <ul><li> all my avatars look like me or express the real me in some way ... </li></ul> <ul><li>"I feel weird coming inworld as my alt ... it is like pretending! i feel like this is really me." </li></ul> <ul><li>"I am not comfortable with the idea of creating a male alt and pretending it is me although I have a male friend who uses a female alt at the ref desk because she is more "approachable. </li></ul> <p> I wanted it to look like myself 10. the majority ofQuestionsare about SL a lot of How to's... and Where do I start's </p> <ul><li>How to (examples): </li></ul> <ul><li>earn money in SL? </li></ul> <ul><li>learn to build or script? </li></ul> <ul><li>dance / stop dancing </li></ul> <ul><li>join a non-profit </li></ul> <ul><li>clothes / hair </li></ul> <ul><li>communicating </li></ul> <ul><li>Where to (examples): </li></ul> <ul><li>go to learn skills </li></ul> <ul><li>find interesting sims </li></ul> <ul><li>find educational places </li></ul> <ul><li>find specific places, e.g. </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>is there a sim here for.... </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>where is </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>Specialists (law &amp; health/medical librarians) reported more RL questions than generalists (reference librarians, educators) </li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>divorce </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>disability </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li><ul><li>diseases and prognoses </li></ul></li></ul> <p>11. Answers , Information Tools &amp; Objects </p> <ul><li>Worn by info providers: </li></ul> <ul><li>radar hud </li></ul> <ul><li>Babbler</li></ul> <ul><li>costumes </li></ul> <ul><li>Given out: </li></ul> <ul><li>notecards </li></ul> <ul><li>landmarks</li></ul> <ul><li>textures </li></ul> <ul><li>objects </li></ul> <ul><li>In the environment </li></ul> <ul><li>Whiteboard (ppts) </li></ul> <ul><li>Thinc book </li></ul> <ul><li>Objects w/info </li></ul> <ul><li>calendars</li></ul> <ul><li>teleport map </li></ul> <ul><li>time zone map </li></ul> <ul><li>video</li></ul> <ul><li>podcast/radio </li></ul> <p>SCRIPT BOOK TEXT CHAT PODCAST NOTECARD TEXTURE/IMAGE VIDEO LINKS 12. Asynchronous Answers: Games and Chatbots Notre Dame _blacklibrary 13. NOAA Weather Demo NOAA Hurricane Sim Sistine Chapel - Vassar Roma Classical Rome Reuters News Shakespeares Globe Theatre Immersive and Interactive 14. ExperientialLearningSpaces Roma: Notecard gives the history of Trajans Column in ancient Rome Inset: Clickable Latin graffiti 15. Virtual World Information Spaces there's still a personal space issue 16. Wish List for Info Providers </p> <ul><li>more prims per parcel</li></ul> <ul><li>to be able to do real html ... create and display interactive html pages in world </li></ul> <ul><li>ability to create or at least easily display external databases to store info </li></ul> <ul><li>being able to drag from my desktop directly into SL -- like WORD documents. </li></ul> <ul><li>to be able to search my inventory by creator of item </li></ul> <ul><li>to be able to query the system for where all the things I've made are </li></ul> <ul><li>to be able to query objects for their scripts </li></ul> <ul><li>to be able to track when people copy and pass around an info-object that I made </li></ul> <p>17. Examples of universities, libraries and nonprofit organizations in Second Life Glenview Public Library U. of North Carolina-CH - LIS Shawnee-Topeka PL San Jose State U- LIS Clearwater Public Library, FL American Cancer Society Princeton U. UIUC - LIS Questions? 18. To contact me: Email:[email_address]or SL: Lorri Momiji Mon, L.(2009). Questions and Answers in a Virtual World : Educators and Librarians as Information Providers in Second Life. Journal of Virtual Worlds Research ,Volume 2, Number 1 (April 2009) . </p>


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