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Second Life Library project
This project started in April 2006 with the Alliance Library System in East Peoria, Illinois to explore library services in the 3D environment of Second Life. Second Life is a virtual world that is owned and maintained by its residents; there are over 2.3 million residents as of January 2007.

Eleven "islands," or pieces of virtual property, are owned or managed as a part of the SecondLife Library 2.0 project plus eleven 'connected islands': Info Island I, Info Island II, HealthInfo Island, Cybrary City, Cybrary City 2, Eduisland, Eduisland 2 ALA/Arts Island, Imagination Island (Racehlville, and Vendor Village, Renaissance Island, Eye4YouAlliance Island (Teen Grid and connected islands: [[Commonwealth], Echoditto, Info Architecture, The Newseum, InfoIsland DK, Ed Tech, SJSU SLIS, Mohawk College, UPMC, Canada Institute for Sceintific and Technical Information, and Eduserv. There is also a branch of the SLL2.0 on an island called Caledon, an island set in the 19th Century. The information linked above comes from an information kiosk on Info Island, inside SecondLife. For corrections or additions, please send an IM inside SecondLife to Abbey Zenith.

NB: SecondLife time (SL Time) is Pacific Time, or GMT -8.

You can move around InfoIsland by using the Teleport System or through landmarks included in the welcome notecard.

If you need help, look for an avatar wearing a "Librarian" group tag. Librarians are often new too, but we will be glad to help you if we can.

We can help you locate resources, answer reference questions, give directions, answer some SL questions, offer landmarks or suggestions on other SL places to visit. We are not employees of Linden Lab, we are volunteer librarians from all parts of the globe.

Don't forget you can get SL help by going to Help on your tool bar in the SecondLife application and choosing the best option for your needs. Landmarks that will teleport you to Help Island and New Citizens Plaza are available in the Welcome notecard on Info Island.

If you would like to help out, there are many opportunities for volunteers.

See information on virtual worlds for teens here