Gaming in Libraries: From Goblins to Pirates
Recorded: Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm CDT
Duration: 45 min
Games are being used in a variety of ways in libraries. Gaming events are taking place where patrons or students can play board games or video games in the library. Librarians are also creating games to use in libraries, such as murder mysteries, orientation scavenger hunts, and video game like tutorials to introduce the library and resources to patrons. I predict that with the increased use of technology throughout the world, the importance of games and game use will also increase in libraries.
This presentation will provide an overview on how games are currently being used in libraries. Examples will be provided for fun games and serious or educational games currently used in libraries and sometimes created by librarians. Best practices for making games will be discussed. A list of resources will be provided that can help attendees create games for use at their own libraries and offer new ideas for ways to use games in libraries.
Breanne A. Kirsch is a Public Services Librarian at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Her interest in games in libraries motivated her to create the Library and Information Technology Association’s Game Making Interest Group. She is also working with the Games and Gaming Round Table of the American Library Association.