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State Libraries in Second Life: KS and SC

As promised the last time I did a Second Life related posting, I visited the virtual branch of the State Library of Kansas.

I was impressed on two levels. First by how well the virtual space works as exhibit space, as shown by this photo of some author posters:

I was also impressed by how much state government information is being dispensed through this virtual branch. Information on maps, statistical information, governor messages from 1861 forward. It was presented in a way that wasn’t too difficult to use by these information kiosks:

Finally I just liked the look of the building, which is framed by a delicate rainbow:

While scouting out the State Library of Kansas, I came across the building below which proclaimed itself as “Reserved for the South Carolina State Library.”

Not much there yet, but interesting that two State Libraries have staked a claim in Second Life. You can read more about the SCSL experiment at their library’s IT blog.

Is it is a good way to serve government information? I’m not sure, but it’s good to see people experimenting. Definitely worth visiting if you’ve got the bandwidth and hardware to run Second Life without ripping your hair out.

One thing I *am* sure about is that museums work for me in Second Life. Once you get used to moving and looking around, it feels like a pretty credible experience of wandering through exhibits. I hope to see more museums in Second Life.

What do you all think?

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