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|Title:||Libraries and immersive learning environments unite in Second Life|
|Author(s):||Valerie Hill, (School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, USA), Hyuk-Jin Lee, (School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, USA)|
|Citation:||Valerie Hill, Hyuk-Jin Lee, (2009) "Libraries and immersive learning environments unite in Second Life", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 27 Iss: 3, pp.338 - 356|
|Keywords:||Information services, Virtual work|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/07378830910988487 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the current impact of virtual worlds on librarianship and identify significant gains in a new mode of information delivery and immersive learning.
Design/methodology/approach – Through exploratory research and observation, the prospective study addresses a very new trend in information delivery and technology within library services.
Findings – Provides evidence of global collaboration among information scientists, significant contributions to library collections, and potential for educational opportunities through immersive learning environments.
Research limitations/implications – A small number of librarians are participating in virtual world librarianship in relation to the profession, due to the mode being a very new one. Future research should include studying the needs of library patrons and information seeking behaviors in virtual worlds along with accessibility, security and sustainability.
Practical implications – The study implies many educational opportunities and potential for information organization, information delivery, multimedia, and immersive learning on a global scale.
Originality/value – This study presents significant evidence that virtual worlds have provided a new medium of information delivery and educational opportunities that librarians are currently embracing and sharing with other fields, including medicine, art, science, and education.
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