Ohio University Campus
Second Life is a massive virtual world with many opportunities for learning and entertainment. Over 60 colleges and universities have a virtual presence there, and are joined by more than 500 librarians. If you are just starting out in this MMOG (massively multiplayer online game), this guide should get you up and running. Follow the SLURLs (Second Life URLs) by clicking or pasting them into your browser’s address bar and then clicking the “teleport now” button on the page to go to that location, (note: you will need to have established a SL account first & have the program installed).
Library Sites in Second Life
These sites are the 12 islands of the Alliance Library System which make up the Info Archipelago:
- Info Island: SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Info%20Island/91/130/34
- Info Island International: SLURL:
- Cybrary City I: SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Cybrary%20City/128/128/0
- Cybrary City II: SLURL:
- Health InfoIsland: SLURL:
- ALA Arts InfoIsland: SLURL:
- EduIsland: SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland/122/127/23
- EduIsland II: SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland%20II/34/126/22
- EduIsland III: SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland%203/129/123/23
- EduIsland IV: SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Eduisland%204/128/128/25
- Imagination Island: SLURL:
- Renaissance Island: SLURL:
Places to Learn about Second Life
(building, working with prims, etc.)
Here are some sites to visit when you’re ready to learn how to build the world around you.
- Rockcliffe University: SLURL:
- There are always lots of great classes going on here on how to build with Prims, textures, etc.
- NCI (New Citizens Incorporated): SLURL:
- Plenty of classes are available here on how to create clothes, hair, and other objects using prims.
- Ivory Tower of Primitives: SLURL:
- If you want to learn how to build and create things in Second Life, this is the place to go for tutorials for building with Prims.
- Machinima Institute: SLURL:
- Learn how to make short films from within Second Life here.
- Orientation Island: SLURL:
- Go here to repeat the basic tutorials for Second Life.
Sights to See
- Battlestar Pacifica: SLURL:
- A Battlestar Galactica simulation.
- Svarga: SLURL:
- An island paradise built on a dormant volcano with ancient roads, waterfalls, lush foliage and beautiful views. Take a guided tour.
Lost Gardens of Apollo: SLURL:
- This land of perpetual sunset offers a waterfall in Hyacinth Valley, beautiful gardens, and secluded hidaways which make it a favorite destination for wedding receptions.
- Suffugium: SLURL:
- Futuristic cyberpunk dystopia complete with conformist propaganda and police drones.
- Anime Island of Nakama: SLURL:
- This island inspired by anime is divided into four districts which may be toured via train. Each district has been based on a different type of anime.
- The Blarney Stone Irish Pub: SLURL:
- Visit an authentic Irish pub in Dublin.
SL Educational Resources
- SIMTeach Wiki
- Listing of All Universities in Second Life
- SLED (Second Life Educators) Mailing List
- SL Discussion Forums
Videos of Second Life
- SJSU Video
- Ohio University Second Life Campus
- Science Learning Opportunities in Second Life
- Second Life Library 2.0 Tour Video