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Discussion What would you like on a GAMERT web site?

by Scott Nicholson on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 01:23 pm

Hello there!

I'm heading up a group to develop a prototype for the GAMERT web site.  

What would _you_ find useful on the GAMERT Web site?  What kind of resources would be useful to you?

Discussion GameRT PreConference with Dr. Scott Nicholson

by Brian Mayer on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 02:12 pm

GameRt Precon ALA14

Discussion Introduction

by Matthew Cassidy on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 02:51 am

Hi Everyone!

 

Hi Everyone!

 

I'm not sure if this is the best place for this post, but as I have a great deal of interest in play and gaming at libraries I thought I would put it here. I am a first year student of the Library & Information Science program at St. John's University. My interests revolve mostly around public librarianship and the use of games and play for teen and adult programming. I currently work at two libraries in Ulster County and have been approached by both directors to develop programming ideas. I have recently instituted a "storytelling game group" (tabletop RPG) program at Kingston Library in New York and I am interested in using Call of Duty: Ghosts for programming as well. I'd be interested in learning more about the programs others might be running that involve video games and tabletop games, and how they went about instituting, marketing, and organizing them. I look forward to conversing with you all!

Best,

Matthew

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Discussion GameRT Forum at ALA Midwinter

by Christopher Magnifico on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is excited to be offering two presentations at Midwinter in Philadelphia during the GameRT Forum.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center
103 A

"The Golden Gamers" Equitable and Inclusive Gaming Events for the Elderly presented by John Pappas.

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is excited to be offering two presentations at Midwinter in Philadelphia during the GameRT Forum.

Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Pennsylvania Convention Center
103 A

"The Golden Gamers" Equitable and Inclusive Gaming Events for the Elderly presented by John Pappas.

In this talk, John Pappas will discuss the initial planning, marketing, collection development and community engagement elements of the series as well as successes and challenges. A large portion of the talk will be on game selection for this age group including issues such as the level of social interaction inherent in the game, types of games, levels of complexity and iconography.

Programs to Die For: Adult Murder Mysteries in the Library presented by Audrey Barbakoff.

Mysteries are among the most popular books at any public library. Get your armchair sleuths excited, engaged, and interacting with an after-hours murder mystery program! Learn how to create a story that will engage people of all ages, transform your library into the scene of the crime, and run an event to die for.


We hope to see you there!


GameRT
Programming and Planning Committee

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Discussion Reminder: Call for Presentations for ALA Annual 2014

by Christopher Magnifico on Sun, Jan 5, 2014 at 05:52 pm

Here's your reminder that proposals are due tomorrow for our program at ALA Annual in Las Vegas!

Here's your reminder that proposals are due tomorrow for our program at ALA Annual in Las Vegas!

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 26- July 1st, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This presentation will take place on Saturday, June 28th from 3-4pm. We'd like to have two speakers during this time period. Presenters will be required to provide a twenty-minute presentation and then be available for a Q & A period.

Proposals are due January 6, 2014.

Please include your name, email address, the title of your proposal, a short description and a 200 word abstract of your proposal. If you have previously submitted a proposal to a GameRT program but we're not accepted, we highly encourage you to re-submit for this event.

All proposals may be sent to chrismagnifico@gmail.com

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Event GameRT Forum

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

"The Golden Gamers" Equitable and Inclusive Gaming Events for the Elderly presented by John Pappas

"The Golden Gamers" Equitable and Inclusive Gaming Events for the Elderly presented by John Pappas

Tabletop board gaming is a creative, multi-generational, social and fun activity. While there is a broad swatch of recreational activities for the 65+ crowd, generally gaming is left out. Conversations with the Senior Activities Board of the Upper Darby Libraries confirmed this with traditional video games providing an engaging experience but accessibility tends to be a challenge due to physical determinants (carpal tunnel, poor eyesight, arthritis) and experiential (with a large learning curve required for many video games). Tabletop board games provide an experience that is interactive, social, cognitive and engaging. With concerns over Alzheimer's and social isolation, this is an important subject for many seniors. The Primos Library instituted a series of programs "Tabletop Gaming at the Library" (intergenerational, weekly), The Game Designer's Guild (monthly, intergenerational) and the "Golden Gamers" (65+, Monthly-Weekly dependant upon interest) each providing a gaming experience for burgeoning and experienced gamers of any age.

In this talk, Pappas will discuss the initial planning, marketing, collection development and community engagement elements of the series as well as successes and challenges. A large portion of the talk will be on game selection for this age group including issues such as the level of social interaction inherent in the game, types of games, levels of complexity and iconography.

Programs to Die For: Adult Murder Mysteries in the Library presented by Audrey Barbakoff

Mysteries are among the most popular books at any public library. Get your armchair sleuths excited, engaged, and interacting with an after-hours murder mystery program! Learn how to create a story that will engage people of all ages, transform your library into the scene of the crime, and run an event to die for. Be inspired by details and materials from several highly successful murder mystery events at Kitsap Regional Library, WA. These programs are a memorable, fresh way to get people outside your usual audience to come and play.

More information about this conference session

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Discussion GameRT Call for Presentations for ALA Annual 2014

by Christopher Magnifico on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 01:13 pm

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 26- July 1st, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This presentation will take place on Saturday, June 28th from 3-4pm. We'd like to have two speakers during this time period. Presenters will be required to provide a twenty-minute presentation and then be available for a Q & A period.

Proposals are due January 6, 2014.

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 26- July 1st, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This presentation will take place on Saturday, June 28th from 3-4pm. We'd like to have two speakers during this time period. Presenters will be required to provide a twenty-minute presentation and then be available for a Q & A period.

Proposals are due January 6, 2014.

Please include your name, email address, the title of your proposal, a short description and a 200 word abstract of your proposal. If you have previously submitted a proposal to a GameRT program but we're not accepted, we highly encourage you to re-submit for this event.

All proposals may be sent to chrismagnifico@gmail.com

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Discussion One Book, Many Zombies article

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

This is such a great project! I know of some libraries that have run a "Humans vs. Zombies" game, but has anyone else kicked it up a level like this?

One Book, Many Zombies

This is such a great project! I know of some libraries that have run a "Humans vs. Zombies" game, but has anyone else kicked it up a level like this?

One Book, Many Zombies

"Zombies now populate videogames, commercials (for everything from cars to Skittles), even spinoffs of classic books like Pride and Prejudice. This fall, the Moraine Valley Community College (MVCC) library in Palos Hills, Illinois, moved this zombie craze into new territory, using it as an academic metaphor to connect disciplines and foster conversation and student engagement....

Most importantly, our library proved itself to be the only department able to organize an experiential-learning event that crosses disciplines and provides learning opportunities beyond the classroom. Our primary purpose is curricular, so we were able to make this into a learning event while still partnering with the Student Life Office for outreach. Our librarians regularly work with MVCC programmers in IT, marketers in public relations, and faculty members, all of whom were instrumental in making the program work.

The MVCC library staff always says that the library’s purpose is to connect people with ideas. World War M, proved that—and was a lot of fun besides." -- Troy Swanson and Tish Hayes, Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois

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Discussion ALA Play 2014

by Brian Mayer on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 01:52 pm

Hello Everyone

I am chair of the ALAplay Planning Committee and would like to extend an invitation to any members interested in helping to be a part of one of the best events at Annual. 

Even if you can not make this year's conference in Las Vegas, you can still be a part of helping to pull together an event that brings together and showcases how gaming can have an impact on library programs and services.

Hello Everyone

I am chair of the ALAplay Planning Committee and would like to extend an invitation to any members interested in helping to be a part of one of the best events at Annual. 

Even if you can not make this year's conference in Las Vegas, you can still be a part of helping to pull together an event that brings together and showcases how gaming can have an impact on library programs and services.

If you are not familiar, ALAplay is an annual event that takes place each year that ALA's Annual Conference. At it's heart, it is about play and the people involved. We have an archive of games that are set up, plus volunteers bring their own games and run events. We also have publishers send in game resources or are present themselves at the event.

Last year, Piazo publishing was there demoing a preview of their hit game The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Stronghold, Usaopoly and Mayfair Games sent in copies of games to play and give away.

We also have a partnership with the Graphic Novel group, who are a part of the event and feature great giveaways and prizes as well. 

Added to that, we invite in leaders and innovators in gaming and libraries to share the work they are doing as well.

It is a night of great fun, learning and awesome prizes.

If you are interested in being a part of the planning committee, please get in touch with me at bmayer@gvboces.org.

Thanks!

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Discussion Participation for Extra Life

by John Pappas on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 11:09 am

Does anyone participate in Extra Life as a part of your gaming events? Our library is hosting an event on November 2nd and since Extra Life is rather open with when the event is held, we were thinking of combining the Game-A-Thon with International Games Day. 

It combines fund-raising for local children's hospitals with gaming at the library and seems like an easy win. Any tips?

Does anyone participate in Extra Life as a part of your gaming events? Our library is hosting an event on November 2nd and since Extra Life is rather open with when the event is held, we were thinking of combining the Game-A-Thon with International Games Day. 

It combines fund-raising for local children's hospitals with gaming at the library and seems like an easy win. Any tips?

We currently have the event sponsored on Meetup.com and encourage our adult gaming group to play, donate or take a leadership role and promote. Our goal is modest $250 and we are currently at $95 so we like the engagement.

Part of the reason I like this is because it gets our 18+ gamers into the game!

~ John Pappas

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The mission of the Games and Gaming Round Table is to provide the following:

  • A forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns surrounding games in libraries;
  • Resources to the library community to support the building and maintaining of library game collections;
  • A force for initiating and supporting game programming in libraries;
  • Create an awareness of, and need for, the support of the value of gaming and play in libraries, schools, and related learning communities.
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