Tech Talks Presentation by Shaun Seibel, May 21, 2008


What is an Avatar

Definition - an icon or representation of a user in a shared virtual reality. A digital form better suited to an online environment and one that our friends will learn to recognize us as. That form is an avatar. An avatar is a computer user's representation of himself or herself, whether in the form of a three-dimensional model used in computer games, a two-dimensional icon (picture) used on Internet forums and other communities, or a text construct found on early systems such as MUDs. The term "avatar" can also refer to the personality connected with the screen name, or handle, of an Internet use.

Why an Avatar

  • Anonymity
  • Personal expression/Personality
  • Website Association
  • Trademark

Types of Avatars

History of Avatars


Creating an Avatar

The Future

Additional Resources


Full Presentation

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Library Avatars (PDF)

Updated information is available to Libraries employees via the Wiki: Library_Avatars

Some file types require special programs to use or view.  Here are links to several of the most common programs:

About the Author:  Shaun Seibel works as a Library Specialist at UNT's Research Park Library.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008 - 12:00pm