Thursday, August 4, 2011

First Impression: Buddha Center Library

The Buddha Center Library is one small element of a large Buddhist complex in SL. It is just one room, and from what I can tell there is no reference function, or even an active librarian. I have contacted a couple of people whose names were associated with the objects in the library, and am hoping to talk to them more soon. However, in the meantime, I want to give my first impressions of this lilbrary, and this is because I am very impressed with it.
For such a small space, the creators of this library have truly packed in an incredible number of resources. The shelves are positively lined with "books" (see below), and each one, when touched, delivers a notecard containing a lengthy passage.

Unlike some of the other SL libraries, which attempt to act as fully-functioning, RL libraries in a virtual environment, this one is very clear as to what they are offering. They give you a multitude of resources on their topic of interest, and then give you a taste of what that resource offers, allowing you to the option to pursue it further if you wish.

This is so simple, yet most likely took a lot of work on the part of whomever created it. Most importantly, it seems like a model that could really work. I am anxious to get the chance to talk to some of the people involved and find out if it actually does.

Until then,


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