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The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
The information need of role players and LARPers
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  • 1. The Information need of role players and LARPers
    By Sara Westerdahl
    Swedish School of Library and Information Science
    University of Borås
  • 2. A typicalLARPer
    Craig Wynters - Vampire
  • 3. Introduction
    Importantsubject – reachout to all usergroups
    Lack of research
    Researched group: roleplayers and LARPers
  • 4. 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
  • 5. Definitions
    Roleplayingliterature
    Bookswrittenspecifically for a certain game
    Rules
    Description of setting
    Charactercreation guide
  • 6. Research questions
    What does the information need look like for the role players/LARPers?
    How can this need be catered by the public library?
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Prop and clothes
    BattleLARP/Conflict game
  • 11. Can the librarycatertheseneeds?
    Mostlibrarianssayyes
    Cooperation with local organisations greatlyappreciated by bothparties
    Importance of advertising
  • 12. Discussion
    Where in the librarydoweput the role play literature?
    Handbooks
    Fantasy
    Recreation
  • 13. 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
  • 14. 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
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