Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Chinese Tea House Library and Steelhead Public Library

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Starting with a bit of serenity this morning, I visited the Chinese Tea House Library. The sim is very well constructed and detailed. The extent of the library is really just a room with some posters of book covers. When you click on them you receive a notecard that is basically a small review of the book.

The books are not provided for you but are recommended. In this way discussion is emphasized over the quantity of objects they supply. Do you think this emphasis is better? Or do you think the cost (having to find or buy the book yourself) is truly a substantial deterrent?
Also, be sure to look around within the complex. I can never give up the chance to eat baozi (pork buns)!
The second library I visited was the Steelhead Public Library. In contrast to the Chinese Tea House Library, there is a lot more material available. It’s a large, impressive building that has what seems to be a lecture hall and a room devoted to their collection.

There are several bookcases that you can click on. You’re offered an object that will open up the book in the SL web browser. Pretty much all of the books are ones that can be found on the website Project Gutenberg, which is a project that hosts books that are now public domain online. Much like the Steelhead Public Library, so many of the libraries on Second Life are made up of material that is public domain. It’s understandable since that’s probably the only way to find entire books online for free and makes the collection “public.” However, I feel that it is definitely a constraint on what is available in second life. Very rarely do I come across a book that is written recently unless it is a book that was written mainly to be produced in SL. Because of this do you think that copyrights are really the main obstacle in creating successful libraries in SL? While I think copyrights are very important and need to be in place, I’m wondering if there is a way it could possibly be translated into SL. 
Until next time!

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