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Gaming and Libraries

Xbox Kinect

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...

Desperately Seeking the Adaptive Librarian: On the 2.0 Job Description (Part 3)

One theme I've been happy to write about and use as a talking point in my classes this past year is that of the newer types of jobs and job descriptions we've seen posted in Libraryland. In fact, more than a few bibliobloggers linked to and discussed various job descriptions that included a 2.0 slant. I wrote about those jobs here and then again here, with an eye toward LIS education.Now I wind...

Save the Date! Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium

ALA TechSource is proud to present the “Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium,” July 22–24, 2007.Developed by ALA TechSource and Jenny Levine, author of “Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services,” the September/October 2006 issue of Library Technology Reports and The Shifted Librarian blog. Stay tuned to the ALA TS blog for program information (and information about an upcoming Web...

YALSA to Host Teen Gaming Discussion Group at Midwinter '07

Kelly Czarnecki, on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) blog, recently posted about a really cool event happening in Seattle next month. Gamers and those interested in gaming and libraries will definitely want to check out: YALSA's Teen Gaming Discussion Group W Hotel Seattle, 1112 4th Ave., Studio 8 Saturday, January 20...

The Great Pumpkin Farm Community

Last Friday afternoon at OPAL, Jami Schwarzwalder presented an interesting talk online about the information lifestyles of members of the Millennial generation. (A recording of her talk has been added to the OPAL Archive.) Although the name and the date ranges vary, Millennials can be defined as those born between 1980–2000. They constitute the largest generation within the current U.S....

Pulp Fiction

It's already mid-July and I'm still thinking about the programs, news, and events from the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans three weeks ago. This means either that it was an unusually important conference, or that I'm slow on the uptake and/or have serious conference closure issues.Two programs I'm still pondering are Kevin Starr's address ("Reading: The Essential Skill") at the ALA...

Notes from a Field (Trip)

Thursday, ten librarians from Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, drove over to South Bend to visit my library, the Saint Joseph County Public Library. We arranged via e-mail to meet with them and talk about some of our technology initiatives, do some demos, and take them around our Main Library (with an eye toward Reference Services).I've written and presented about the power...

At the Top of Its Game: The MLS Symposium

"If you don't offer them something that has value to them now, you're going to be irrelevant to them for the rest of their lives. It's not a risk we can afford to take."—Eli Neiburger, MLS Symposium on Gaming, Learning, and Libraries, December 6, 2005, Chicago, ILAnn Arbor District Library's Eli Neiburger— who sports a Triforce-symbol tattoo (from The Legend of Zelda; see photo of...