Rhonda Trueman from Johnson & Wales University spoke about her involvement with the Alliance Second Life Library. Rhonda gave an overview of multi-user virtual environments. She discussed Info Island and what some individual academic libraries are doing in Second Life. She talked about answering reference questions and professional development opportunities in Second Life. I had expected her to do a live demo. She used screen shots on slides instead. Probably a wise choice. PALINET has not yet posted an interview with Rhonda.
I haven't gotten to excited about Second Life. I created a free account awhile back. I picked one of the pre-made avatars and was looking forward to customizing my appearance and exploring this virtual world. However, I can't do anything because I am on the "have not" side of this specific digital divide.
I have the bandwidth at home, but my desktop and laptop are not up to spec. My work computer is only a year old, but our campus firewall prevents me from connecting. I don't feel like battling with campus IT at the moment. So, I will continue to lead my First Life for now.
I also don't know what to make of some posts about Second Life by librarians. These come across to me as being alarmist or at the very least over zealous. How many of our students really have the bandwidth and the hardware to make a connection to these virtual worlds? Are you in Second Life? Is your library? Maybe we're just the anomaly in southeast Ohio…but I doubt that's true.
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