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Audio from GLLS2007: Building a Gaming Community and a Game Friendly Environment

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 20, 2007 - 2:53pm

By Donald Dennis
Presented July 23, 2007

Don Dennis talks about building a gaming community "Game environments for traditional and modern board games, card games, RPGs, or even electronic games are not the traditional domain of libraries. Games are, by and large, an interactive activity. Formal and informal communities have developed around board games, card games, RPGs (role playing games), or even electronic games.
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Audio from GLLS2007: Book Making in Second Life

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 20, 2007 - 2:44pm

By Jami Schwarzwalder
Presented July 23, 2007

Jami Schwarzwalder talks about how to make books in Second Life "In Second Life, Schwarzwalder has taught classes on how to create items for interactive display. Here she will show the audience how to make a prim book using the same instructions she gives for in world." More info....

Listen to an MP3 audio file of this session (35MB, 38:09)
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Audio of Greg Trefry's Keynote from GLLS2007

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 17, 2007 - 2:40pm

Greg Trefry gets ready for his Tuesday morning keynote Game designer Gregory Trefry opened the last day of the Symposium by waking everyone up to the incredible opportunities that "big games" can provide for libraries. Titled Big Fun, Big Learning: Transforming the World through Play, this session expanded a lot of peoples' minds about how we define gaming and libraries.

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Audio of Eli Neiburger's Featured Presentation from GLLS2007

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 17, 2007 - 1:36pm

ALA Editions author and gaming hero Eli Neiburger On July 22, 2007, Eli Neiburger closed the first day of presentations by sharing the emotional and social impact the Ann Arbor District Library's gaming tournaments have had on teens, parents, families, and even 78-year old military veterans. The Payoff, Up Close and Personal, included some powerful video of the participants themselves, and then Eli thrilled the crowd by announcing the GT System.

Listen to an MP3 audio file of the session (67MB, 1:11:58)

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Audio of Scott Nicholson's Featured Presentation from GLLS2007

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 17, 2007 - 1:15pm

Scott Nicholson unveils his study of gaming in libraries On Sunday, July 22, 2007, Scott Nicholson from the Information Institute of Syracuse helped open the Symposium by presenting a session titled Who Else Is Playing? The Current State of Gaming in Libraries. His findings constitute the first real research our profession has regarding the reach of gaming in libraries today. Plus, Scott got to give everyone in the audience a free game of Wits & Wagers, so there was a lot of fun mixed in with the statistics.
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Audio of James Paul Gee's Keynote from GLLS2007

Submitted by Jenny Levine on August 16, 2007 - 1:36pm

James Paul Gee's day two keynote Noted scholar James Paul Gee opened the second day of the 2007 TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium with a fascinating discussion about Libraries, Gaming, and the New Equity Crisis and where librarians fit into the solution.

Listen to an MP3 of the session (58MB, 1:01:39) or view a PDF of Dr. Gee's slides.
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My Three Die

Submitted by Tom Peters on August 11, 2007 - 9:20pm

The dog days of August 2007 may be remembered as that magic moment when librarianship as practiced in Second Life finally received permission to dine at the adults' table. 

On August 3rd the Library of Congress announced a new initiative -- Preserving Creative America.  They made eight grant awards totally $2.15 million " address the long-term preservation of creative content in digital form."  The creative content being targeted includes the usual suspects, such as digitally created motion pictures, digital music, and digital photographs, but it also includes comic strips (Doonesbury) and editorial cartoons (Pat Oliphant) -- which I assume were not born digital, but perhaps I'm just revealing my quaint, old-fashioned notions of how cartoons are drawn these days.  Read More »

Nothing Could Be Finer

Submitted by Michael Stephens on July 28, 2007 - 1:24am

I keep my eye on many innovative libraries. These libraries are at the outer edge of our market, leading the way with new takes on service and outreach. They inspire me. They also help me do my job. I love to see what Hennepin is doing, and what Darien will do as they build their new library, as well as many other libraries across the country and around the world. And I'm also keeping a close eye on the state of South Carolina. If there ever was a state filled with library goodness, it would be there.

Here are just a few reasons why:
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Notes from the Field of GLLS 2007

Submitted by Michelle Boule on July 24, 2007 - 10:31am

GLLS2007 Game Night

The picture at the top of this post is from the game night at the Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium. These librarians are playing Wii Tennis and being coached by Giz Womack. The gaming night, which happened the first night of the conference, helped define the atmosphere that made this conference different.

This was a symposium about games. Games mean play and there was an atmosphere of play to everything. There were three keynotes on Sunday and every speaker talked about the transformative power of games. We spent all afternoon soaking up knowledge from people thinking big things about games and then we were set loose on the games themselves.
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