About

The Community Virtual Library began in Second Life in 2007 as the Info Archipelago, part of the Alliance Library System. In 2017, CVL joined the IRC 501(c)3 nonprofit New Media Arts Inc.

CVL’s main library branch is located on Cookie Island in Second Life (SL URL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Cookie/191/210/21).

CVL is also building branches and partnering with existing libraries in 3DWebWorldz, Avacon, CybaLOUNGE, and Kitely.

The Community Virtual Library 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 spaces available to CVL members and affiliated groups. CVL volunteer members are librarians, educators, and library lovers.

Vision Statement
Virtual spaces for learning, resource-sharing, and exploration.

Mission Statement
Community Virtual Library is the hub that connects digital citizens in virtual worlds with the information and resources they seek.

Guiding Principles

Advocate digital citizenship
Understanding the changing needs of library users and learners in digital culture, the Community Virtual Library (CVL) strives to model digital citizenship for all age groups.

Foster connecting virtual communities
CVL believes virtual communities are vital “resources” for digital citizens and fosters networking and forming community partnerships as well as sharing communities of interest with visitors.

Support information literacy
CVL embeds core values of librarianship in new media formats with emphasis on respect for intellectual property, information freedom rights of all users, and personal responsibility for digital citizenship.

Adapt and innovate
CVL models adapting technology tools to meet the needs of learners and information seekers through innovative formats in virtual spaces, including sharing virtual worlds, landmarks to immersive learning environments, collections of virtual learning communities, and exploration of virtual reality.

 

Are you interested in contributing to CVL? Get involved!

Get Involved

Visit us in-world

Visit the CVL Reference Desk in Second Life and you’ll often find a librarian who will chat with you and answer your questions about Second Life libraries and more.

Contact us in-world

In Second Life, contact one of the CVL officers – preferably by dropping a notecard (IMs tend to get capped!)

  • Library Director: Valibrarian Gregg
  • Assistant Library Director: AlyseDunavantJones
  • Head Reference Librarian: Suemoon Magic
  • Graphic Designer/Builder: SparkyBear Mandelbrot
  • Book Discussions:  Elise Ohana
  • Digital Citizenship Museum Director: amvans Lapis
  • Beth Ghostraven
  • Lorelei Junot
  • Abbey Zenith (CVL Consultant, Leader Emeritus)

Join a group in-world

Join a Second Life group to keep in touch with events, activities and information about CVL and Librarians in Second Life. Group members receive Second Life notices about events.

Librarians of Second Life

This group is comprised of library volunteers – librarians, library staff, library students, educators, and other interested parties. Our librarians come from all around the globe and from all types of libraries. If you are a librarian, library student, or other interested volunteer, please ask to join this group by sending an instant message to Valibrarian Gregg.

Group notices and IMs are for the express purpose of letting group members know about events taking place at Community Virtual Library.

Second Life Library 2.0

Friends of libraries in Second Life. Group receives notices of library related events, such as book discussions, author talks, art exhibit openings, seminars, workshops, and much, much more!

Group notices and IMs are for the express purpose of letting group members know about events taking place at Community Virtual library or affiliated libraries.

Connect with us on social media

Community Virtual Library on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/CommunityVirtualLibrary

Community Virtual Library on Twitter

https://twitter.com/CVL_inSL

Join our email list

If you wish to receive information via our “MetaverseLibraries” Google Group, you may request membership.

Contact

Do you have a question for us? We would love to hear from you.