Introduction Importantsubject – reachout to all usergroups Lack of research Researched group: roleplayers and LARPers
Definitions Role play Several kinds exist Table top Storytelling One leader and 5-6 players LARP Live action roleplaying Similar to roleplaying Actingout the story Biggergroups
Definitions Roleplayingliterature Bookswrittenspecifically for a certain game Rules Description of setting Charactercreation guide
Research questions What does the information need look like for the role players/LARPers? How can this need be catered by the public library?
Method Twomethodsused Study of earlier research Librarians’ point of view Falk & Stenkula (2007) Order in the information need Haraviainen (2007) Qualitativeinterviews Two informants taken from roleplaying organisation Interviews over email
Haraviainen Extradiegetic Created for the game and usedbefore the game Diegetic Playercreated information usingextradiegetic material Otherpregame information For example: Information on how to make costumes and props
What does the information need look like for the role players/LARPers? Extradiegetic Rules Game setting Time period Type of world Charactercreation Diegetic Difficult to estimate from the answers Creates characters Otherpregame information Big information need for the informants Research historical periods and events Creation of props
Can the librarycatertheseneeds? Mostlibrarianssayyes Cooperation with local organisations greatlyappreciated by bothparties Importance of advertising
Discussion Where in the librarydoweput the role play literature? Handbooks Fantasy Recreation
Conclusion The playershave a great need of information The librarycan offer help with two of the information groups Needsmoreadvertising to roleplaying organisations Workingtogether More research on how to preparelibrarians to meet this user group
Questions?Falk, Christel & Stenkula, Christofer (2007). ”Tärningen är kastad”: Rollspelslitteratur i samhället och på bibliotek. Borås: Högskolan i Borås, Bibliotekshögskolan/Biblioteks- och informationsvetenskapHarviainen, J.T. (2007). "Live-action, role playing environments as information systems: an introduction" Information Research, 12(4) paper colis24 Thank you for listening!