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Information Dynamics in Virtual Worlds by Woody Evans

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6

Hungry Ghosts in Second Life

Abstract:

Many libraries in Second Life are empty and unattended. These libraries appear deserted, and visitors may be confused as to their purpose. Librarians should find better ways to spend their energies than the development of such empty virtual spaces.

Key words

academic libraries

public libraries

public library policy

tax payers

promotion of library services

I was hanging out in a main waystation for newcomers (Waterhead Welcome Area) and decided to try a cold pitch to a room of random strangers. ‘Hi,’ I said, ‘I’m a professional researcher. Anybody need help finding some info?’ No responses. Nothing. I walked to the gaming table by the north rail, and looked out at the sea. Always the same perfectly ...

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