This proposal would be conducted in two separate phases. The first would be to create the library tour itself. The second phase would consist of an expansion of the library tour to include the scavenger hunt game. In this game, visitors would try to find 10-15 “Hidden Library Treasures”. Each treasure would expand on a secret library resource or feature, and finding the treasures would build their characters. Patrons could later find these treasures in the actual library to receive a free museum pass (or other incentive).An additional motivation for this type of expansion on the traditional virtual tour is the fact that the ALA is actually encouraging the use of gaming in libraries. Over the past two years, they have been pushing various "gaming in libraries" initiatives and this new battle plan aims to bolster an already monumental effort– they are specifically emphasizing the use of games as a social medium.
So, how does this project break down… Let’s look at Phase I– the basic library tour
This phase would consist of four steps– the total time is approximately 28-30 hours, with a cost ranging as little as $15 or as high as $1,200 depending upon the implementation method.
A good resource I found for the floor plan creation is floorplanner.com. The system is intuithttp://floorplanner.com/demo#assets
Weehawken Free Public Library Virtual Tour Proposal
WEEHAWKEN FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY VIRTUAL TOUR PROPOSAL By Sarah McCarthy
Library Tour Proposal• The problem with the “mysterious hill-top castle” of the Weehawken Free Public Library is that most people don’t realize what it is.• Increasing the visibility of our “mysterious hill-top castle” library and its numerous services through a virtual library tour could greatly increase library usage amongst the yet unreached library patronage.• Virtual tours have become a common tool for both instruction and outreach.• Adding a second phase to create a scavenger hunt game from the library virtual tour would appeal to this audience while still drawing in adults
Virtual Library Tour in Two Phases•A Phase I virtual library tour could greatly increase library usage for unreached patronage.•A Phase II scavenger hunt game would appeal to the large percentage of after-school kids/teen patrons (and to adults)•Visitors would try to find 10-15 “Hidden Library Treasures” on secret library resource orfeature.•Patrons could later find these treasures in the actual library to receive a free museum pass (orother incentive).•Note: the ALA is currently encouraging the concept of gaming in libraries. See:http://www.joystiq.com/2009/03/05/american-library-association-goes-gaming/
Library Tour SamplesBasic Library Tour (Phase I) Virtual Scavenger Hunt (Phase II)
THE LIBRARY’S TALKING TREE OF LEARNING AS GAME INSPIRATION
Four Steps of Phase I Create interactive digital floor plan of the library with clickable areas that open up to photographs / descriptionsCreate Floor Photograph Create Tour Plan Develop Tour library Location Text Web Page Total Time: 28-30 hours; Total Cost: $15-$1,200
Create Library Floor Plan• 8-10 hours• $14.95 a year for usage of Floorplanner.com• Est. $160 contractor cost for creation of floor plan (8 hours at $20 an hour) OR• Free if volunteers are enlisted, as the software is easy to use
Photograph Key Areas• 2 hours (Main rooms, architectural highlights, special collections)• $200-500 to hire a photographer for 2 hours OR• Free if volunteers used– for example, I have equipment & photo background
Write Text for Tour Highlights• 8 hours• Free, as this can easily be built into the schedule of existing library staff
Develop Web Tour• 10 hours• $500 for developer (10 hours at $50 an hour• Est. $160 contractor cost for creation of floor plan (8 hours at $20 an hour) OR• Free, as this is a straightforward development project and could be done by a volunteer such as college computer science student or a professional with some web development experience
Three Steps of Phase IIDevelop Flash version of the above digital floor plan that then integrates a scavenger huntgame element Create Photograph Develop theStoryline Treasures Game Total Time: 16-30 hours; Total Cost: Free-$1,500
Create Game Storyline• Determine 10-15 resources / “hidden treasures” for patrons to find, and create storyline and text for game• Free, as this can easily be built into the schedule of existing library staff
Photograph Hidden Treasures• 2 hours (Main rooms, architectural highlights, special collections)• Free if done in conjunction with part 2 of Phase I above
Develop The Game• 15-20 hours• $1,500 for developer (20 hours at $75 per hour) OR• Free if done as class project for local technical school’s Flash development course, or college animation or computer science class project• This portion is more affordable, as it can build upon fundamental work done in Phase I
UpkeepUpkeep would be minimal, with only real additional time / costrequirements being minor edits for new library resources. Thismight require an additional 1-2 hours of work per year ($75-100per year).Further upkeep costs would be included if the library dramaticallyedits the floor plan, though the maintenance costs would still bemuch less than the initial output.
? And that concludes my tour of the Weehawken library tour project… Any Questions?