Gaming in Libraries: A Book Club DiscussionPresentation Transcript
Gaming in Libraries: A Book Club Discussion Lori Reed Employee Learning & Development Coordinator, PLCMC For the audio portion of this discussion, you will need to use your phone. Dial 866.740.1260 Access Code: 6339386 *6 mute *7 un-mute
Cookbook Book Club
Today we will discuss Gaming in Libraries from The Joy of Computing: Planning for Success
Define: game “ A game is a structured activity, usually undertaken for enjoyment and sometimes also used as an educational tool.” -Wikipedia 2008
What games do you play? (check all that apply)
Guitar Hero/Rock Band
Alternate Reality Games
Why gaming? Why should you care? Benefits to libraries? Benefits to the public?
It’s About Community “ We are brining people together and helping to bridge the gaps that exist between people. These include those of race, economic status, education level and age group. Saturday gaming events have homeless adults, playing with teenagers. It’s a way to bring the community together.” Martin House Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Not just for teens
Not just for the public
What’s the state of gaming at your library?
We host regular gaming events and tournaments.
We have held a few gaming events.
We are planning to offer gaming events.
We do not allow games of any kind in our library.
Getting Started “ Getting started is easier than ever before. It can be a chess club or inexpensive PS2s or Wii’s. It’s not about the glitz and glamour as much as it is about community and sharing an experience.” Martin House Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Talk to your target audience.
If possible, borrow the games and the game consoles from local teens or a local gaming store.
Think about making formal competition part of your gaming events.
Assess your game needs.
Be prepared for questions from parents and other concerned citizens.
Be proactive with your publicity.
How many controllers?
What games will you purchase?
Will you consider the ratings?
Will you let patrons bring in their own games?
“ One of the things I've learned a lot about during the last year is how much more interesting modern board games are. They're a lot more social (the same way modern videogames are), they're more interesting because they tend to require strategy more than just the luck of the dice, and they’re very different from traditional board games that just required you to move around a board.”
Jenny Levine a.k.a The Shifted Librarian
Other Program Ideas “ Gaming at the library isn’t just about providing entertainment.” Jason Hyatt Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County
Wisdom of the Crowd “ Gaming in Libraries is actually nothing new but the format has changed since we have grown up. Don’t feel like you have to be the expert of the game or the equipment in order to offer it as a service at your library. Think of yourself more as a guide and allow the knowledge and learning to come from the group.” Kelly Czarnecki Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County