Learning to maneuver in a virtual world is a daunting task for many people and the “steep learning curve” has been touted numerous times. I am honored and humbled to be in the company of high-tech cutting edge librarians- who not only conquered this “steep learning curve” in one virtual world, but are gridhopping between worlds!
The ALA Association of College and Research Librarians Virtual World Interest Group organized an event on Jokaydia Grid, which is a virtual world based on open-source code (similar to Second Life). Jokay, the owner of Jokaydia, graciously agreed to help our group and Barbara Janson, builder of the Lifelong Learning Library in 3D, led a virtual world tour. Fifteen brave pioneers attended– juggling three worlds (the physical world on computers, Second Life as a starting point, and Jokaydia as a destination).
With current trends in social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, the rise in mobile apps, and an interest in augmented reality, keeping up with technology can be quite a challenge. Virtual worlds, according to the Gartner Hype Cycle, are emerging from the trough of disillusionment! Librarians were some of the earliest adopters and have persevered through that trough while juggling other emerging trends that impact information professions.