I’m a Redhead in Second Life.
Second Life seems to take up space on a lot of the library and education related blogs I read, at various conferences and workshops and within the library world in general. I was recently approached to join a newly created team at RIT Libraries tasked with investigating virtual library services. Thus my somewhat late introduction to Second Life. Although I have heard and read a lot about this virtual world, I had not gone as far as venturing inside. Within the past week I have been “in-world” about four to five times. Other than bumping into a lot of things and being frustrated with my apparent lack of hand-eye coordination (I should have joined in my brothers’ video game craze phase during high school) I haven’t really done all that much. I got through Orientation Island (the completion of tutorials helping you to function virtually) and somehow teleported to another island. Unfortunately, this other island was full of pornography! Considering the fact that I am interested in the uses of Second Life for educational purposes, I quickly flew (yes, in Second Life you can fly) out of there!
So I’m poking around, seeing what’s out there. My team members and I are trying to ascertain what kind of presence RIT Libraries could (or should) have in Second Life in the event that there was an RIT Island. If anyone here is on Second Life, my avatar name is ErinElizabeth Ember (my avatar picture is above). I’m attending an SCRLC workshop on Friday in Ithaca, NY taught by Jill Hurst-Wahl of Hurst Associates, Ltd. (Jill is also a professor at Syracuse University and I had the opportunity to take a course with her last semester). Hopefully the workshop will help me figure out what to do next in Second Life! I’ll give another Second Life update sometime after the 18th. If anyone feels like sharing their own experiences or thoughts on virtual world librarianship, go ahead and comment!