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Discussion GameRT Volunteer Opportunities

by Julie A. Patterson on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 11:41 am

Are you going to ALA this year? Take a break from the hustle and bustle of sessions and give some of your time to GameRT! There are three opportunities for volunteering. Want to be a game shepherd? We got that. Want to rub elbows with other gamer librarians? You can do that too. We got it all, but we sure could use a little bit of you.

Are you going to ALA this year? Take a break from the hustle and bustle of sessions and give some of your time to GameRT! There are three opportunities for volunteering. Want to be a game shepherd? We got that. Want to rub elbows with other gamer librarians? You can do that too. We got it all, but we sure could use a little bit of you.

ALAPlay Sign Up: http://bit.ly/1XYpk5u
GameRT Booth Sign Up: http://bit.ly/1XYpppN
Gaming Lounge Sign Up: http://bit.ly/1LUoExw

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Discussion Are you a librarian who uses games, design and play in your library? Participate in GameRT's Sharing Session at ALA!

by Julie A. Patterson on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 10:32 pm

If you are a librarian who uses games, design and play in your library, now is your chance to share that knowledge at the American Library Association Annual Conference.

The GameRT Sharing Session will take place in the Gaming Lounge at on Sunday, June 26 at 2p-3p. There are ten tables available.

The GameRT Sharing Session is an hour long session for you to not only share your ideas with your peers but help educate and excite librarians new to games and gaming in libraries. Now is your chance to shine!

If you are a librarian who uses games, design and play in your library, now is your chance to share that knowledge at the American Library Association Annual Conference.

The GameRT Sharing Session will take place in the Gaming Lounge at on Sunday, June 26 at 2p-3p. There are ten tables available.

The GameRT Sharing Session is an hour long session for you to not only share your ideas with your peers but help educate and excite librarians new to games and gaming in libraries. Now is your chance to shine!

Submit your Sharing Session Proposal Today!

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Discussion PLA game meetup?

by Joshua Carlson on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 02:33 pm

Who's going to PLA next week?  Anyone want to meetup in the evening to play some games?  I'm always down for Magic: the Gathering (Commander, or otherwise), and I'll bring a couple of small games that I have yet to try out.

Discussion ALAPlay 2026 Petting Zoo

by Brian Mayer on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Happy New Year Everyone!

While it seems odd to think of summer when it is so cold outside, putting together ALAPlay takes a good amount of work and planning. One area we would like to expand is digital gaming representation at the event. Bringing in digital in can be expensive, so we are looking for a creative start by hosting a petting zoo of devices for exploration at ALAPlay this year in Orlando. 

Happy New Year Everyone!

While it seems odd to think of summer when it is so cold outside, putting together ALAPlay takes a good amount of work and planning. One area we would like to expand is digital gaming representation at the event. Bringing in digital in can be expensive, so we are looking for a creative start by hosting a petting zoo of devices for exploration at ALAPlay this year in Orlando. 

We are looking for for volunteers who will be attending annual, and ALAPlay, who could bring and share devices the evening of the event. We were looking at featuring 2&3DS's and some tablets (iOS or Android). We would also like to explore phone related game experiences that can be played on mobile devices.

If you plan on coming and can bring a device to share in the petting zoo, or if you have other ideas for an event at ALAPlay, please get in touch with me at: brianmayer00@gmail.com

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Discussion Call for Members for ALAPlay and the Lounge Committes

by Brian Mayer on Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Hello Everyone!

It is that time to start thinking ahead and planning for annual and some of GameRT's initiatives that happen there.

I am chair of two committees: The ALAPlay Committee and the Conference Gaming Lounge Committee.

We are seeking members interested in helping out in one or both of those spaces at Annual this coming year in Orlando.

 

ALAPlay

Hello Everyone!

It is that time to start thinking ahead and planning for annual and some of GameRT's initiatives that happen there.

I am chair of two committees: The ALAPlay Committee and the Conference Gaming Lounge Committee.

We are seeking members interested in helping out in one or both of those spaces at Annual this coming year in Orlando.

 

ALAPlay


ALAPlay is our annual evening gaming event. This year it will take place on Friday, June 24th from 7:30 until 10:00pm. This year's event will feature open gaming, publisher demos from Paizo, Mayfair, HABA, Konami and more. We will have an unpub area where local game designers will showcase their games for attendees to play. We will also have a digital petting zoo that explores gaming on devices which will feature an Oculus Rift. We will also have an escape room experience too!

Help Needed for ALAPlay:

  • Social Media PR
  • Game Teachers
  • Floor Staff: Petting Zoo, Unpub, Open Gaming
  • Greeting and Tickets

 

Gaming Lounge


The Gaming Lounge is an open area for playing games, publisher demos and more that takes place on the exhibit floor all conference long. The Lounge is an extension of the GameRT booth that will be across the aisle. It is an opportunity for attendees on the exhibit floor to stop, explore game resources in the GameRT library and from publishers attending the event. We also hope to have an informational sharing session scheduled during the conference where gaming programs and initiatives can be shared, similar to a poster session.

Help needed for the Gaming Lounge/Booth:

  • Coordinating Volunteers to staff the booth and Lounge
  • Social Media PR for the spaces
  • Organizing a 1-hour sharing session

If you are interested and would like to be on a committee and help out in some capacity, please reach out to me at brianmayer00@gmail.com. I will have you added to the appropriate committee. Thanks for the consideration and help. I hope to see you at annual!

 

 

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Discussion 2016 ALA Annual GameRT Pre-Conference - More than a collection: encouraging creation using games

by Matthew Murray on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 01:29 pm

        Friday, June 24th, 2016, 9am to 4pm 

Hosted by Brian Mayer, Diane Robson, and Teresa Slobuski

 The Games and Gaming Round Table would like to invite you to join us for an exciting pre-conference workshop about game design.

        Friday, June 24th, 2016, 9am to 4pm 

Hosted by Brian Mayer, Diane Robson, and Teresa Slobuski

 The Games and Gaming Round Table would like to invite you to join us for an exciting pre-conference workshop about game design.

During this full-day session participants will be guided through the game design process, exploring analog game design and its applications to digital design as well. The goal with an analog design approach is to focus on the concepts and skills, leaving the design to arts and crafts. Analog game design allows programs to focus on a number of areas including: inquiry, problem solving, aesthetics, audience, design, computational thinking, and the integration of curricular content and skills; all without the barriers of learning a tool. Once the fundamentals of good design approach have been practiced, they can then be applied in a more technical setting, introducing tools and programs.

Participants will be introduced to basic game design concepts, human-centered design, prototyping, and effective playtesting. This GameRT preconference can jump start your move from content users to content creators at your library.

See http://2016.alaannual.org/ticketed-events for details.

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Discussion GameRT call for proposals for ALA Annual 2016

by Matthew Murray on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 12:58 pm

Hey all,

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 23-28, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. This presentation will take place on Saturday, June 25th from 3-4pm. Presenters will be required to provide either a twenty-minute presentation with Q & A or an hour-long hands on workshop. 

Hey all,

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 23-28, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. This presentation will take place on Saturday, June 25th from 3-4pm. Presenters will be required to provide either a twenty-minute presentation with Q & A or an hour-long hands on workshop. 

Proposals are due February 1st, 2016.
 
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 were not accepted, we highly encourage you to re-submit for this event.
 
All proposals, and any questions you may have, can be sent to thematthewmurray@gmail.com.

 

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Discussion GAME: Gaming As Meaningful Education - a GameRT/AASL event

by Christopher Harris on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 06:54 am

It's on! AASL (school librarians division) and GameRT are co-sponsoring the AASL National Gorum this fall on gaming and learning. The event will be held September 23-24 in Rochester, NY including  wonderful evening at The Strong National Museum of Play. I am very excited to be co-chairing the conference planning committee and will be outting out requests for additional committee members as planning moves forward. 

It's on! AASL (school librarians division) and GameRT are co-sponsoring the AASL National Gorum this fall on gaming and learning. The event will be held September 23-24 in Rochester, NY including  wonderful evening at The Strong National Museum of Play. I am very excited to be co-chairing the conference planning committee and will be outting out requests for additional committee members as planning moves forward. 

Some of you will recall the incredible ALA Gaming Learning and Libraries symposia that were held a number of years ago. This event will hopefully offer an opportunity for GameRT to explore options for reviving a small gathering around gaming in libraries as a more regular happening. For now I am just excited that GameRT is involved as a co-sponsor for this event and that Game-RT members will receive he same registration discounts as AASL members. 

More info coming soon at www.ala.org/AASL/game

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Discussion Newsletter - Yes

by Christopher Harris on Fri, Jul 17, 2015 at 09:54 am

Hello all, 

Just an update to say that the newsletter is coming...but not today. In order to ensure that we do this right the first time, following ALA procedures and working within established systems to create a newsletter with long-term viability, it will take a bit longer. 

Right now, we are working with Production Services to have a template created in the ALA email system. That should be done in not too long. The content will then be loaded and emails sent. 

Thank you for your patience,

Chris

Discussion Games in School Libraries - TV News Coverage

by Christopher Harris on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 07:20 am

A nice news report out of Morgantown, WV about a high school class using Freedom: The Underground Railroad in the library to learn about slavery and the abolition movement. Freedom was designed by none other than our GameRT Vice-President, Brian Mayer. A great example of libraries hosting games for learning, but also of a librarian who became an author of a game that supports learning. 

https://www.facebook.com/AcademyGames/posts/907017849351996

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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.
  • Create an awareness of the value of games and gaming in library outreach and community engagement plans.
  • A professional and social forum for networking among librarians and non-librarians interested in games and gaming.

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