Second Life: the seventh face of the library?

Second Life: the seventh face of the library? Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to give a brief introduction to Second Life, and to provide an outline of how one academic librarian has got involved with using it and reviews the issues that have arisen from a library perspective. Design/methodology/approach – The paper offers a reflection on whether library activities in Second Life are different from library services in the real world and suggests that Second Life is just another “face” of the library. Findings – Second Life is still in the very early stages of development. There are various barriers and challenges to overcome before it can be used widely within universities. However, this paper shows it does provide an opportunity to experiment and explore what information resources are required in this environment and how librarianship and librarians need to evolve to cater for users in a three dimensional world. Originality/value – This paper is based on personal experience and offers as many questions as answers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Program: electronic library and information systems Emerald Publishing

Second Life: the seventh face of the library?

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
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0033-0337
DOI
10.1108/00330330810892659
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to give a brief introduction to Second Life, and to provide an outline of how one academic librarian has got involved with using it and reviews the issues that have arisen from a library perspective. Design/methodology/approach – The paper offers a reflection on whether library activities in Second Life are different from library services in the real world and suggests that Second Life is just another “face” of the library. Findings – Second Life is still in the very early stages of development. There are various barriers and challenges to overcome before it can be used widely within universities. However, this paper shows it does provide an opportunity to experiment and explore what information resources are required in this environment and how librarianship and librarians need to evolve to cater for users in a three dimensional world. Originality/value – This paper is based on personal experience and offers as many questions as answers.

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Program: electronic library and information systemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 25, 2008

Keywords: Virtual organizations; Librarians; Skills; Communication technologies

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