Anteater Island Closure
Anteater Island in Second Life sponsored by the UC Irvine Libraries will be closed on March 1, 2011. Launched in 2007, Anteater Island was to offer a platform for research and teaching to UC Irvine faculty, and to highlight library services. A number of UC Irvine classes utilized the island to do course projects, and one faculty used the space for highlighting journals from the American Anthropological Association. The UC Irvine Libraries created meeting spaces and access points to the online catalog and to digital reference for visitors to the island.
The decision to cancel this virtual world software platform was made after Linden Labs, its provider, will no longer honor educational pricing and the renewal price doubled. After an examination of usage compared to costs, and a decrease in new participation by faculty and students, the Libraries have decided to no longer support Anteater Island. UC Irvine Libraries continues to be committed to monitoring emerging technologies and exploring other tools and services that have application for promoting research, teaching, and library services.
If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Kane (Research Librarian for Emerging Technologies and Service Innovation firstname.lastname@example.org) or your subject librarian (http://www.lib.uci.edu/about/contact/subject-librarians.html).