Friday, August 24, 2007

Impress Your Professor: MUVE

Ah acronyms. We at ASIS&T (pronounced ay-cyst) know a lot about crazy acronyms. In the current issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin, Richard Urban throws a new one at us: MUVE, or, Multi-User Virtual Environment.

In his article "Second Life, Serious Leisure and LIS", he discusses the intersection between communities engaged in "serious leisure" activities in virtual worlds (MUVE's), and library services and information.

Urban's article and this one from the spring bulletin describe how libraries have been experimenting with using MUVE's such as Second Life, a completely 3-D virtual world made up of millions of "residents", for both distance education programs as well as a platform for extending library and information services to virtual patrons.

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