CLA PR Roundtable members got an e-mail invitation for a tour of Second Life and the librarian hangout, InfoIsland. A tour was scheduled for Saturday from 11am-noon, so after visiting the YMCA for some much-needed exercise, I retrieved my Second Life name (CyberLibrarian Wrangler) from a file that I had created months ago when first exploring the site. Back then, I read about Second Life, but this time I downloaded the software.
Thanks to the time it took me to dig out my earlier information, download the software, and clean my daughter's bathroom, I missed the tour by UCDavis Instructional Librarian, Bernadette. So, I toured on my own, learned to move (jump, forward/back, sideways, and sit.) A handful of other avatars were exploring InfoIsland, but we didn't introduce ourselves or chat/IM -- next time, maybe. Most likely, they were other librarians.
I had about half an hour or so to tour before getting bumped from my home computer. Here are the locations I visited: SirsiDynix auditorium, OCLC search central, and SecondLifeLibrary by Alliance. I saw but didn't visit Tech Soup. I'm ready for a tour by a fellow librarian.
Oh, yes... I also added the InfoIsland.org blog to my feeds.
The next day, I toured some more, took a snapshot (see above), and sent myself a postcard photo from the SecondLife Library's Business Reference on floor three.
The following evening, I toured and experimented with chatting. So much is so new on Second Life. It feels like the early days of the Internet (remember before browsers?)