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Second Life: the seventh face of the library?

Parker, Lyn (2008) Second Life: the seventh face of the library? Program, 42 (3). pp. 232-242. ISSN 0033-0337

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This paper gives a brief introduction to Second Life, an outline of how one academic librarian has got involved with using it and reviews the issues that have arisen from a library perspective.


It offers a reflection on whether library activities in Second Life are different to library services in the real world and suggests that Second Life is just another ‘face’ of the library.


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.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This is an author produced version of the published paper. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Second Life, Virtual Organisations, Librarians, Skills
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Administrative Services (Sheffield) > Library (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Ms Lyn Parker
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2008 11:28
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:56
Published Version: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/003303308108...
Status: Published
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1108/00330330810892659
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4745

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