Thursday, November 8, 2007

Introduction to Second Life

On November 6, 2007, I attended the Introduction to Second Life demonstration given by Jill Hurst-Wahl of Hurst Associates, Ltd. at WNYLRC. Jill discussed what librarians are doing in Second Life (SL): providing reference and reader advisory services, networking, supporting virtual communities, learning to use virtual space for education. It is possible to use Second Life for free; Jill has been doing this for more than a year now. I attended this class to get a better sense of how librarians can provide different service to patrons via SL and what the benefits of such an endeavor are. I definitely came away with a better sense of what the SL world can provide for librarians.