About CVL - the Community Virtual Library

The Community Virtual Library Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to support Community Virtual Library, a virtual library that exists in Second Life. Officers of the foundation are as follows:

Valerie Hill (SL: Valibrarian Gregg), President
Carla Pritchett (SL:  Suemoon Magic), Secretary / Treasurer
Alyse Dunavant-Jones (SL AlyseDunavnatJones Resident), Vice President

 CVL is a project of New Media Arts, Inc. supported by volunteers and funded by donations.

Community Virtual Library (main branch) is located in Second Life and provides free library resources and services to the residents of Second Life.  CVL provides a demonstration virtual library with open source content, and has exhibit, presentation and meeting space available to CVL members and affiliated groups.   CVL volunteer members are librarians, educators and library lovers.  We are available for virtual reference service, maintain a virtual library collection with links to selected open source books and other free information resources.  We also have book talks, exhibits and programs on library-related topics and support Library Science education in virtual worlds.  Our members participate in virtual world groups in national library associations and CVL hosts programs of these groups.  CVL collaborates with the storyteller group, Seanchai Library, located adjacent to CVL.  

Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and today is inhabited by millions of people from around the globe. There are shopping malls, events, homes, lands of different types, and best of all, participants can contribute content, buildings, and other digital creations. 

Your donations support the Community Virtual Library.  Thank you very much for your support!

Community Virtual Library: A Brief Overview and History

In April 2006, the Illinois based Alliance Library System (ALS) established a library in Second Life on a small plot of land. Librarians from all over the world were overwhelmingly positive about this virtual library presence. In May 2006, a full sim called Information Island was acquired through a donation. [1] The following year, ALS and the Second Life Library group celebrated Info Island's grand opening in October. [2] A traditional library building in the center of the island was joined by others, serving a wide range of subjects and genres such as the arts, science fiction, mysteries, medicine, children's literature and world religions. More sims joined the first and gradually grew into the Information Archipelago, with over 40 library partners serving the SL community, including organizations, non-profits, government agencies and educational institutions. [3]

In 2010, ownership of the project was transferred to the Community Virtual Library (CVL) Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. [4] CVL maintains a library building with open source material, a reference desk, outdoor amphitheater and a pub, and offers exhibit and meeting space to its members. In addition, volunteers host regular discussions and storytelling events.

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