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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 from GLLS2007: Library as Laboratory: Supporting Culture

By Matt Gullett, Kelly Czarnecki, Craig DavisPresented July 23, 2007 "We will be presenting programs, ideas and software that support our patrons' vital interest to connect, participate and create through digital art, music and video game development. Offering these programs and experiences helps learners to sustain their interests by becoming active agents in building essential 21st century...

Audio from GLLS2007: Digital Downloads for Gamers

By Beth GallawayPresented July 24, 2007"Circulating video games and software is one way to serve gamers, but without community and staff storage, buy in, theft, damage, and storage can be major hurdles. Discover alternatives such as downloadable games and subscription-based game services from a variety of vendors, and hear about libraries that are implementing digital and mail order game...

Audio from GLLS2007: Using Gaming to Educate Children

By Stephanie Publicker, Lyn AllenPresented July 23, 2007 ToxMystery: Using a Game to Make Learning about Chmicals Fun for Kids: "ToxMystery (http://toxmystery.nlm.nih.gov) is the National Library of Medicine's interactive learning site for 8-11 year old children. It provides a fun, game-like experience while introducing potential environmental health hazards sometimes found in the home.'Toxie...

Audio from GLLS2007: Teens Gaming their Way to Success at the Carvers Bay Branch Library

By Dwight McInvaillPresented July 24, 2007 "The Carvers Bay Branch is a new public library in a rural, impoverished, and isolated corner of South Carolina. In many ways, its community has problems found also in troubled urban areas. The place's 7,000 residents face a terrible job market with 15% unemployment along with poverty and illiteracy rates both exceeding 30 percent. When the library...

Audio from GLLS2007: Quarantined: Creating an Online Game to Teach Information Skills

By Bee Gallegos and Tammy AllgoodPresented July 24, 2007 "Quarantined: Axl Wise and the Information Outbreak is a fully interactive single-player game environment that simulates the complex processes of selecting, using, evaluating and synthesizing multiple sources of information within a research environment. A variety of information sources such as databases, the online catalog, the web,...

Audio from GLLS2007: Information Literacy through Unique Education Gaming Application

By Annie Downey and Kristin BoyettPresented July 24, 2007 "The University of North Texas Libraries is planning a unique, online educational game to develop information literacy among its students. This presentation will include information on the entire development process of this single player online role-playing game.A brief introduction into the current state of gaming, including studies...

Audio from GLLS2007: Gaming for Adults

By Martin House and Mark EngelbrechtPresented July 24, 2007 "We would like to present a synopsis and findings from a current LSTA grant the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County received for PC-based gaming in libraries. These events are focused on adults and include laptop-based gaming, board games, Xboxes, and an educational component based on the theme of the event. This...

Audio from GLLS2007: Core Collections

By Beth GallawayPresented July 24, 2007 "Circulating video games and software is one way to serve gamers. Discover how to make the case to include this exciting new format in your collections. Learn how to evaluate, select, purchase, store, and market PC and console games at your library. A hands-on exercise acclimates libraries to gaming magazines and game reviews, and a showcase of best...

Audio from GLLS2007: What IF: Gaming, Intellectual Freedom and the Law

By Kathrine FallowPresented July 23, 2007 "Video games are under scrutiny around the country as some parents and special interest groups raise concerns about the topics and themes contained in some games. Some groups call for laws regulating access to games based on their content; others advocate for an outright ban on violent games. Several states have passed laws restricting minors' access...

Audio from GLLS2007: We’re in Ur Library Bein Ur Books: Book-Based RPGs with Middle

By Kit Ward-CrixellPresented July 23, 2007 "If you turned LiveJournal upside down and shook it, Harry Potter role-playing games [RPGs] would fall out. An LJer myself, I was intrigued when I read this characterization of LJ and went on a cursory search of LiveJournal communities. Not only did I find hundreds of RPGs based on the fictional world of JK Rowling, I found a myriad of RPGs based on...