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Gaming and Libraries

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The 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known simply as E3, took place this past week. E3 2010 is the largest video game conference and press event in the US, and is the stage from which nearly all revolutionary new products and games are announced. So what was the major announcement...

Audio of Greg Trefry's Keynote from GLLS2007

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.Listen to an MP3 audio file of this session* (51MB, 56:13) View a PDF or a...

Audio of Eli Neiburger's Featured Presentation from GLLS2007

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...

Audio of Scott Nicholson's Featured Presentation from GLLS2007

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 &...

Audio of James Paul Gee's Keynote from GLLS2007

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. This post is also a test of a new podcast feed for this blog. Many more...

Audio of Henry Jenkins' Opening Keynote from GLLS2007

The first of the audio files from the 2007 TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium is now available! Give a listen to Henry Jenkins' opening keynote (MP3, 61MB, 1:05:33) given on July 22, 2007. You can manually synch up a PDF of his slides that are available on the GLLS2007 site or watch a video of Dr. Jenkins speaking. tags: glls2007, gaming in libraries

Notes from the Field of GLLS 2007

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...

Oh The Games People Play Now--In Libraries

On the first day of the first ever ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium in Chicago yesterday, Scott Nicholson from the Library Game Lab at Syracuse University released a report on The Role of Gaming in Libraries: Taking the Pulse. It's already available online as a PDF file. Games are big business. Nicholson's report cites an industry report indicating that sales of games...

Registration Now Open for Gaming Symposium

Librarians got game.  ALA TechSource, in collaboration with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), is proud to annouce that the first annual Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium will be held on July 22-24, 2007 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare, which is very accessible by planes, CTA trains, and automobiles.  Registration opened this week.  Gaming and literacy experts...

Gaming in the Library: SirsiDynix Institute March 13

[G]aming has tremendous potential for libraries to reach out to new users, offer new services, and help complement efforts in community building, information literacy, and other areas.— Stephen Abram Learn more about gaming and libraries from Jenny Levine, the mastermind behind the upcoming ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium.On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, tune into Jenny...

Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium: Call for Presenters

If you're interested in and/or implementing gaming and libraries and have a great idea for a session/presentation for the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium (July 22–24, 2007, Chicago area), we're now accepting presentation (presenter and session) proposals. Visit the Call for Presenters section of the Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium wiki for information about...