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Attached are slides I created for the AZLA conference in November of 2007 on Gaming in Libraries. I am an advocate for changing the policies in libraries so that games and game programming is more ...

Attached are slides I created for the AZLA conference in November of 2007 on Gaming in Libraries. I am an advocate for changing the policies in libraries so that games and game programming is more readily available for our patrons. If you would like to use part of my presentation, feel free but please send me an email so I can see how it is being used.

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Gaming and Libraries: November AZLA Presentation Gaming and Libraries: November AZLA Presentation Presentation Transcript

  • Killing Monsters: Getting Your Game On In Libraries Susan White University Librarian [email_address]
  • Personal Gaming Platform History
    • 1982 – Atari 5200 (best Christmas ever)
    • 1984 – Commodore 64
    • 1986 – Nintendo NES
    • 1989 – Nintendo Gameboy
    • 1992 – PC (note PC gaming with windows 1992-current)
    • 1993 – Sony Playstation
    • 2003* – Xbox
    • 2007 – Nintendo Wii
    *note the gap in platform upgrades reflects college and graduate school *in the past 25+ years I have played too many games to list here What I played this week
  • Why Games In Libraries?
    • Games are experimental media that lead to reading, interaction, communication, and creation.
    • How is
    •  better than 
  • What is our attitude based on our collections ?
  • <- look 33 libraries have it as of September 2007 Note Smash Brothers Melee is incredibly popular and is a best selling title for a wide age range.
  • So I did more searching on Nintendo
  • <- searching subject headings the same day we see 1138 library holding for a book strongly against gaming. What’s going on here???
    • Collections
    • Services/Programs
    • Policies
      • Does your library have signs that say “no gaming” ?
      • If so what does that say about your organization’s philosophy about gaming?
    • Ability to provide reference about game
    Libraries attitudes about game are best expressed in our I took pictures of library anti-game signs in my area but did not display them here 
    • On August 3, 2007 Library of Congress announced:
    • Digital Preservation Program Makes Awards to Preserve American Creative Works
    • Preserving Creative America Initiative to Engage Private Sector Creators of Films, Sound Recordings, Photographs, Cartoons and Video Games in Digital Formats
    • National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP )
    Source http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2007/07-156.html Cultural Shift from the Top Down
  • Getting Game in the Collection
    • Changing Attitudes
    • Collection Development
    • Professional Development
    • Circulation that works
    • Cataloging
    • Programming
    • Collection Maintenance
  • What We Can Learn From Games
    • Physics, Mathematics (Even in Halo 3)
    • Social Consciousness (Darfur is Dying)
    • Sociology and Economics (Second life)
    • Oh, and there are intentionally educational games too
      • Note: If you can’t apply basic geometry and physics Mario will never save the princess
  • Some Important Statistics for Your Library Director or Board
    • Eighty-five percent of all games sold in 2006 were rated &quot;E&quot; for Everyone, &quot;T&quot; for Teen, or &quot;E10+&quot; for Everyone 10+.  For more information on ratings, please see www.esrb.org .
    • In 2007, 24 percent of Americans over the age of 50 played video games, an increase from nine percent in 1999.
    Source http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php My dad (65) and I play Texas Holdem online while chatting – we live 2000 miles away from each other and I can tell you what he had for breakfast.
  • Understand and Use Game Ratings from ESRB.org
    • EARLY CHILDHOOD (EC) - no material that parents would find inappropriate. 3+
    • EVERYONE (E) - minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language. 6+
    • EVERYONE (E10+) - cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes. 10+
    • TEEN (T) - violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling, and/or infrequent use of strong language. 13+
    • MATURE (M) - intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language.
    • ADULTS ONLY (AO) - may include prolonged scenes of intense violence and/or graphic sexual content and nudity.
  • Why I love Nintendo As A Librarian
    • Systems are extremely durable
    • The Nintendo game catalog is designed for a wide audience with teen and younger ratings (E-T)
    • Wide appeal to children and adults
    • Cheaper than every other system
    • Multiplayer
    • Incredible Technology – Controllers
    • Wii
  • Your Basic Starter Game Library
    • Pick one System (250-400)
      • Consoles
      • Handheld
      • PC
    • Controllers (35 each) at least 4 and plan to buy replacements
    • Games (15-20 titles at an average of 45 each)
    • Total : 1500 – 2000 initial cost = one set of reference books
  • Common Mistakes to Avoid when you get started
    • Buying games and supporting programs for controversial games
    • Circulating PC Games
      • EULAs
      • Other Licensing Concerns
    • Only having one person develop the collection or understand the systems
    • Trying to support too many platforms
    • Leaving any equipment small enough to fit in a backpack unsecured in public areas
    • Having controversial games in your collection or programming
    • Trying to support multiple platforms
    • PC games
      • EULAs
      • System and other licensing issues
    • Having only one person on staff knowledgeable about game reference or technical services
    • Leaving equipment small enough to fit in a backpack unsecured
    • Failing to catalog your controllers
    Some Common Mistakes to Avoid when you start
  • Common Mistakes to Avoid when you get started
    • Buying games and supporting programs for controversial games
    • Circulating PC Games
      • EULAs
      • Other Licensing Concerns
    • Only having one person develop the collection or understand the systems
    • Trying to support too many platforms
    • Leaving any equipment small enough to fit in a backpack unsecured in public areas
    • Know your collection
    • Understand how to set up your system (Technical Services)
    • Become knowledgeable about a wide range of games (Basic Reference)
    • Have the capacity to discuss game and game related issues with your constituents
    Professional Development
  • Build Your Collection
    • Based on community wants and needs
    • Create an Advisory Board
    • Consult libraries that game
    • Consult gaming librarians (yes we exist!)
    • http:// groups.google.com/group/LibGaming?hl =en
    • Check the library game blogs: http:// libgaming.blogspot.com /
    • Review Game Resources
      • http://www.seriousgames.org/
      • http:// www.gamasutra.com /
    • Learn the publishers (EA, Rockstar, Nintendo, Microsoft etc
    • Borrowers can save their progress and this is a unique problem for circulation
      • Late items
      • Never returned
    • Game check outs should be commensurate to Film
      • Minimizes staff and patron confusion
      • Enables easier adoption by institution
    Game Circulation Yes, I understand this game takes 400 hours to complete, but it’s still due tomorrow.
  • Why do we assume only teen boys game?
    • Libraries serve the ENTIRE COMMUNITY to have a greater acceptance of gaming get everyone involved
    • Average game player is 33 years old and has been playing games for 12 years.
    • 38% of all game players are women. Women over the age of 18 represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (31%) than boys age 17 or younger (20%).
    Source http://www.theesa.com/facts/top_10_facts.php
  • Programming
    • Typical Game Programming Includes options for Teens
    • Lan parties (Networking Machines)
    • Tournaments
    • Contests
    • Atypical Programming can include
    • Wii community bowling ages 3-99
    • Family Smash Brothers competitions
    • Senior Movement Games
    • Learning game competitions
    • Etc.
  • Policy
    • Create game policies commensurate to existing film policies
      • If children can’t borrow rated R films they can’t borrow (M) Mature games
      • Fines and late fees should be well stated
      • Equipment check outs and peripherals should reflect other equipment check out policies
    • Create procedures (and signage) to support your policies
    • Evaluate and change regularly
    If your board supports your film policies they can understand and support game too.
  • Can I Help Your Library Game? I’m a librarian on a mission to see Arizona Libraries embracing gaming. If you share my enthusiasm or just have questions contact me: Sue White, MLIS University Librarian University of Advancing Technology [email_address] www.uat.edu
  • Questions?