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December 2006

Smart Libraries Newsletter December 2006In December by Tom Peters in SLN...

  • Under the Linden Tree
    Tom Peters surveys the growing phenomenon of Second Life, a virtual world developed by Linden Lab. "Because academic institutions seem

    to be moving into Second Life with vigor," Peters writes, "it makes sense for academic and research libraries to begin exploring and beta testing some library activities. There's already movement in regard to library services in-world: the Alliance Library

    System's Second Life Library 2.0 officially launched in October, and the beautiful library on the New Media Consortium's

    island campus became much more active this fall.

  • The Zen of Citizendium
    "You cannot become one of the

    most visited destination Web sites and not

    expect someone to try to build a better

    mousetrap," Peters notes in his librarian perspective piece about Wikipedia's upstart competitor— which has the blogosphere abuzzCitizendium. The goal of the new Citizendium: "to create an online encyclopedia that is not only '. . .enormous and free, but [also] reliable."

And in the ILS Scoop by Marshall Breeding

WebFeat's Three-Prong Plan for Advancing Federated Search Auto-Graphics Teams with Quova for Geolocated AuthenticationInternationally Recognized ILL Expert Joins Auto-Graphics