Lets Play: Libraries, Games & the Future


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    1. 1. Let's Play: Libraries, Games & the Future Cliff Landis,Technology Librarian Valdosta State University http://clifflandis.net/ North Georgia Associated Libraries 01/13/2009
    2. 2. I never realized just how much I play games...
    3. 3. The Presentation Game! http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelinlibrarian/2561147303/ <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Make 'em laugh. </li></ul><ul><li>Make 'em learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Don't piss 'em off too bad. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't go over-time. </li></ul><ul><li>You win: </li></ul><ul><li>Someone says they liked your talk and they learned something. </li></ul><ul><li>You lose: </li></ul><ul><li>You are fed to the sharks. </li></ul>
    4. 4. http://www.flickr.com/photos/orrinjcl/1448639124
    5. 5. What do libraries do? <ul><li>We collect, organize, and provide access to the cumulative knowledge and culture of humanity. </li></ul><ul><li>(no small task...) </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/84152687@N00/741879088
    6. 6. How do we do that? <ul><li>We provide access to ALL forms of recorded knowledge and culture (a.k.a. media) </li></ul><ul><li>(... would you like LOTR the book, audiobook, soundtrack, VHS, DVD, or PC game???) </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/54447069@N00/29591405
    7. 7. GAMES! <ul><li>One more thing to collect? Yes, please... </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/64174165@N00/10366416
    8. 8. The Perfect Library? <ul><li>The Central Prison Library, Budapest, where nothing is ever checked out – especially the patrons! </li></ul><ul><li>(...what do you mean librarians have “control issues”???) </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/16812179@N00/159922181
    9. 9. It is a game, right? <ul><li>“Well, it depends on your point of view. In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the job, and SNAP, the job's a game!” </li></ul><ul><li>(please don't sue me, Disney...) </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/16057786@N00/2768445317
    10. 10. So what is a game? <ul><li>a contest with rules to determine a winner; &quot;you need four people to play this game&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>an amusement or pastime; &quot;they played word games&quot;; &quot;he thought of his painting as a game that filled his empty time&quot;; &quot;his life was all fun and games&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>the game equipment needed in order to play a particular game; &quot;the child received several games for his birthday&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>your occupation or line of work; &quot;he's in the plumbing game&quot;; &quot;she's in show biz&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>frivolous or trifling behavior; &quot;for actors, memorizing lines is no game&quot;; &quot;for him, life is all fun and games&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>willing to face danger </li></ul>
    11. 11. Which group would you put them in? <ul><li>Zero-sum </li></ul><ul><li>You either win or lose (Monopoly) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-zero-sum </li></ul><ul><li>More than one player can win through cooperation (The Sims) </li></ul>Hide and Go Seek Scrabble Wii Fit Driving Music Pulitzer Prize Tag Spin the bottle Poker Love Enlightenment Uno Stock Market Family Life Libraries http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/robert_wright_on_optimism.html
    12. 12. The Social Norms Game! <ul><li>Break a social norm in an amusing way... </li></ul><ul><li>Rules </li></ul><ul><li>Don't do anything dangerous. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't hurt anyone's feelings. </li></ul><ul><li>Don't do anything tasteless. </li></ul><ul><li>Make it fun/ny </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/25178143@N04/2806732540
    13. 13. And it's not just me.... <ul><li>Flashmob: A flash mob is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruEMaDZWRcs </li></ul>
    14. 14. It's all about PLAY ... http://www.flickr.com/photos/62722321@N00/172439911
    15. 15. AACR2 are rules to a puzzle... http://www.flickr.com/photos/7262596@N08/2207748365
    16. 16. Reference is a scavenger hunt... http://www.flickr.com/photos/12426416@N00/1721982928
    17. 17. Speaking of Scavenger Hunts... <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAWzGb-U6MQ </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>Gaming is happening organically in libraries because libraries are made of people . </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/11831132@N00/33929214
    19. 19. What are libraries doing? <ul><li>Providing a space (both physically and online) to explore the collected knowledge and culture of humanity </li></ul>
    20. 20. Playing to Learn <ul><li>The Hole in the Wall Experiment </li></ul><ul><li>Children 6-13 y.o. in groups can self-instruct. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/sugata_mitra_shows_how_kids_teach_themselves.html </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/11357767@N00/2073557360
    21. 21. Playing to Teach Library Skillz http://www.library.cmu.edu/Libraries/etc/game1/game1.swf
    22. 22. Playing with “Reality” http://www.flickr.com/photos/30032901@N00/2310386138
    23. 23. Playing to Socialize http://www.flickr.com/photos/43017881@N00/2997892929
    24. 24. Playing to Save the World http://www.freerice.com/
    25. 25. Some Principles of Library 2.0 <ul><li>The library is everywhere. </li></ul><ul><li>The library has no barriers. </li></ul><ul><li>The library invites participation. </li></ul><ul><li>The library encourages the heart. </li></ul><ul><li>The library is human. </li></ul><ul><li>The library recognizes that its users are human too. </li></ul><ul><li>Harness the library user in both design and implementation of services </li></ul><ul><li>Library users should be able to craft and modify library provided services </li></ul>http://tametheweb.com/2005/12/the_collected_principles_of_li.html
    26. 26. Game On! <ul><li>Further Reading: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Success Wiki: Gaming Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services by Jenny Levine (Library Technology Reports) </li></ul></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/43017881@N00/365741468
    27. 27. Questions? <ul><li>clifflandis@ clifflandis.net </li></ul>