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Libraries and immersive learning environments unite in Second Life

Libraries and immersive learning environments unite in Second Life Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the current impact of virtual worlds on librarianship and identify significant gains in a new mode of information delivery and immersive learning.Designmethodologyapproach Through exploratory research and observation, the prospective study addresses a very new trend in information delivery and technology within library services.Findings Provides evidence of global collaboration among information scientists, significant contributions to library collections, and potential for educational opportunities through immersive learning environments.Research limitationsimplications A small number of librarians are participating in virtual world librarianship in relation to the profession, due to the mode being a very new one. Future research should include studying the needs of library patrons and information seeking behaviors in virtual worlds along with accessibility, security and sustainability.Practical implications The study implies many educational opportunities and potential for information organization, information delivery, multimedia, and immersive learning on a global scale.Originalityvalue This study presents significant evidence that virtual worlds have provided a new medium of information delivery and educational opportunities that librarians are currently embracing and sharing with other fields, including medicine, art, science, and education. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Library Hi Tech Emerald Publishing

Libraries and immersive learning environments unite in Second Life

Library Hi Tech , Volume 27 (3): 19 – Sep 4, 2009

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0737-8831
DOI
10.1108/07378830910988487
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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the current impact of virtual worlds on librarianship and identify significant gains in a new mode of information delivery and immersive learning.Designmethodologyapproach Through exploratory research and observation, the prospective study addresses a very new trend in information delivery and technology within library services.Findings Provides evidence of global collaboration among information scientists, significant contributions to library collections, and potential for educational opportunities through immersive learning environments.Research limitationsimplications A small number of librarians are participating in virtual world librarianship in relation to the profession, due to the mode being a very new one. Future research should include studying the needs of library patrons and information seeking behaviors in virtual worlds along with accessibility, security and sustainability.Practical implications The study implies many educational opportunities and potential for information organization, information delivery, multimedia, and immersive learning on a global scale.Originalityvalue This study presents significant evidence that virtual worlds have provided a new medium of information delivery and educational opportunities that librarians are currently embracing and sharing with other fields, including medicine, art, science, and education.

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Library Hi TechEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 4, 2009

Keywords: Virtual work; Information services

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