Virtual worlds, most particularly Second Life, are being used by academics worldwide for collaboration, research and education. Stanford University Libraries' Second Life island provides a new way to make the Libraries' unique collections more accessible, and also provides a set of tools to support the teaching, learning, and research needs of many different members of the Stanford community.
- Researchers - explore the use of virtual worlds to visualize information in new and unique ways.
- Faculty - hold classes and meet with students or colleagues who are not physically able to come to campus.
- Students - collaborate with classmates, experiment with virtual environments, and meet to discuss projects without leaving their dorms.
What's on the Island
SULAIR's island currently offers several exhibits (including the Egyptian movie poster exhibit in both English and Arabic), has successfully hosted live-feed lectures, conferences, in-world classes and tours, and has provided international outreach for our Special Collections. We have several permanent exhibits for Special Collections, including one on Zuancho kimono textile design, artifacts relating to the founding of Tel Aviv, and a variety of rare antique books images, plus links to the various Libraries' Web pages, and samples of Stanford's Google scanned books.
Our most recent exhibits include a documentary, Women in a New Land, on our International pier and a Virtual Archive that contains interactive manuscript boxes with digitized representations of real world content normally confined to use in the Green Library Field Room. (See a video of this exhibit.)
Not Just for the Tech Savy
Second Life is not just for the tech savvy, and there's plenty of help available for the novice user. Our island is continually evolving and our group of volunteers is always looking for new ways to meet the educational needs of the Stanford community. We invite you to come explore and join the Libraries in discovering new and creative ways of using this versatile tool.
For More Information
If you are already a Second Life user, here is a link to our island.
For more information, questions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.