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The information need of role players and LARPers


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The information need of role players and LARPers

  1. 1. The Information need of role players and LARPers<br />By Sara Westerdahl<br />Swedish School of Library and Information Science<br />University of Borås<br />
  2. 2. A typicalLARPer<br />Craig Wynters - Vampire<br />
  3. 3. Introduction<br />Importantsubject – reachout to all usergroups<br />Lack of research<br />Researched group: roleplayers and LARPers<br />
  4. 4. Definitions<br />Role play<br />Several kinds exist<br />Table top<br />Storytelling<br />One leader and 5-6 players<br />LARP<br />Live action roleplaying<br />Similar to roleplaying<br />Actingout the story<br />Biggergroups<br />
  5. 5. Definitions<br />Roleplayingliterature<br />Bookswrittenspecifically for a certain game<br />Rules<br />Description of setting<br />Charactercreation guide<br />
  6. 6. Research questions<br />What does the information need look like for the role players/LARPers?<br />How can this need be catered by the public library?<br />
  7. 7. Method<br />Twomethodsused<br />Study of earlier research<br />Librarians’ point of view<br />Falk & Stenkula (2007)<br />Order in the information need<br />Haraviainen (2007)<br />Qualitativeinterviews<br />Two informants taken from roleplaying organisation<br />Interviews over email<br />
  8. 8. Haraviainen<br />Extradiegetic<br />Created for the game and usedbefore the game<br />Diegetic<br />Playercreated information usingextradiegetic material<br />Otherpregame information<br />For example: Information on how to make costumes and props<br />
  9. 9. What does the information need look like for the role players/LARPers?<br />Extradiegetic<br />Rules<br />Game setting<br />Time period<br />Type of world<br />Charactercreation<br />Diegetic<br />Difficult to estimate from the answers<br />Creates characters<br />Otherpregame information<br />Big information need for the informants<br />Research historical periods and events<br />Creation of props<br />
  10. 10. Prop and clothes<br />BattleLARP/Conflict game<br />
  11. 11. Can the librarycatertheseneeds?<br />Mostlibrarianssayyes<br />Cooperation with local organisations greatlyappreciated by bothparties<br />Importance of advertising<br />
  12. 12. Discussion<br />Where in the librarydoweput the role play literature?<br />Handbooks<br />Fantasy<br />Recreation<br />
  13. 13. Conclusion<br />The playershave a great need of information<br />The librarycan offer help with two of the information groups<br />Needsmoreadvertising to roleplaying organisations<br />Workingtogether<br />More research on how to preparelibrarians to meet this user group<br />
  14. 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<br />Thank you for listening!<br />