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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 Hello from incoming President

by Christopher Harris on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

Hello GameRT members,

As ALA Annual 2015 wraps up and my term as President of the GameRT begins I wanted to send out a quick introduction to everyone along with a promise of future communications.

Hello GameRT members,

As ALA Annual 2015 wraps up and my term as President of the GameRT begins I wanted to send out a quick introduction to everyone along with a promise of future communications.

First, I want to be sure that we all pause to recognize the incredible efforts of Diane Robson in her three-year tenure as President of the RT. Diane remained dedicated through a comedy of circumstances that placed her into a triple term of leadership. I am incredibly grateful that even though some rest would be well-deserved and fully understood, Diane is continuing to work on IGD and other programs for the RT. Leaders like Diane who give selflessly of their time and energy are the only way that membership organizations like ALA can thrive. At the board meeting, we recognized her for her work and gave her an entirely inadequate gift of some very nice candles. I wanted to share this with the larger RT in the hopes that you would join me in thanking Diane for everything she has done and continues to do for all of us!

A little bit about me: I am the Director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership, an educational services agency (BOCES) in Western New York between Rochester and Buffalo. We serve the school libraries of 22 small, rural school districts with a total student population of about 20,000.  Working alongside my amazing colleague (and the new VP of the GameRT) Brian Mayer, we have coordinated a game library for the Genesee Valley SLS since about 2007. More recently I have started an external venture, Play Play Learn, to help spread the good word about board games in libraries and classrooms. To help share the successes we have seen, I also wrote a series of books on Teaching Through Games published earlier this year by Rosen Publishing. 

Over the next couple weeks, I will be gathering reports from the various committees and programs of the RT to share out with members via an upcoming newsletter. GameRT had an amazing conference, and there is a great deal for us to celebrate! ALAPlay was huge, especially the new UnPub (un-published games brought in by designers/authors to share and gain feedback) organized by Brian. The booth, along with our two guest publishers, was a hopping place daily and the gaming lounge tables were consistently busy. Programming was a huge hit as well...stay tuned for executive summaries and handouts. 

This upcoming newsletter will be the first of a quarterly publication from GameRT to help you, the members, stay up on new programs, resources, and ideas around gaming in libraries. If you have a library program, favorite game, best practice recommendation, or anything else you want to share in the newsletter, please let me know (chris@playplaylearn.com). I am happy to help with editing. The current plan is to publish a newsletter following Annual and Midwinter as well as two smaller update issues in between the conferences to maintain communication. 

Thank you for your membership, and whatever level of volunteer support you are able to contribute to the success of this RT. Our membership numbers continue to grow – even as some other RTs decline. Please do let me know what I can do in my year of member-leadership to help meet your needs and advance the mission of the RT. 

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Event Beyond the Game Night (GameRT)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:31 am

Beyond the Game Night: The Library as a Hub of Campus Community and Collaboration by Shannon L. Farrell, Amy E. Neeser, and Carolyn Bishoff

Models for gaming services in academic libraries focus on two areas: collections and undergraduate events. These models fell short when applied to our environment so we adapted our approach to reflect the needs of our campus community.

Beyond the Game Night: The Library as a Hub of Campus Community and Collaboration by Shannon L. Farrell, Amy E. Neeser, and Carolyn Bishoff

Models for gaming services in academic libraries focus on two areas: collections and undergraduate events. These models fell short when applied to our environment so we adapted our approach to reflect the needs of our campus community.

The University of Minnesota Libraries launched a grassroots forum for staff interested in video games that hosted three events and attempted to kickstart a small lending collection. These efforts resulted in spectacular failure, and helped us develop new programming that positioned the Libraries as a hub for gaming communities throughout campus. We are building connections between students, researchers, and the public, and will discuss the following programs:

* Co-hosting “Co-Op Talk,” a monthly student discussion group
* Partnering with a STEM student group on an Oculus Rift sandbox event
* Hosting a gaming research showcase for faculty, staff, and students
* Co-sponsoring a “Games, Gender and Identity” event with the UMN Institute for Advanced Study
* Creating an interactive gaming installation for a city-wide art festival

Our outreach has led to valuable partnerships across campus and increased awareness of the value of games and gaming. We suspect our experiences are not unique, and want to add these insights to the existing conversation on gaming in libraries.

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Discussion GameRT Events at Annual

by Brian Mayer on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 10:38 am

Hi Everyone

There are some fantastic game related events planned for annual in San Fran this year. I have attached a flyer with many of the events. The GameRT has a booth again this year (BOOTH 207), with Fantasy Flight Games and Academy Games as our booth guests. Plus, we have the Gaming Lounge this year, where we will have open gaming, demo events and a sharing session from librarians doing great gaming programs.

Not everything related made it to the sheet. I will be running two sessions of a giant 8 foot version of my game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Hi Everyone

There are some fantastic game related events planned for annual in San Fran this year. I have attached a flyer with many of the events. The GameRT has a booth again this year (BOOTH 207), with Fantasy Flight Games and Academy Games as our booth guests. Plus, we have the Gaming Lounge this year, where we will have open gaming, demo events and a sharing session from librarians doing great gaming programs.

Not everything related made it to the sheet. I will be running two sessions of a giant 8 foot version of my game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad

Chris Harris will be doing a talk on the Gaming and Graphics Novel Stage on his book series Teaching through Games from Rosen Publishing:

Lastly, Game and Learn RT's will be doing a joint session on gaming and training:

Thanks and I hope to see a lot of you there!

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Discussion Final Call for Librarians to Share at the Gaming Lounge at ALA Annual

by Brian Mayer on Fri, May 15, 2015 at 08:16 am

If you are a librarian who uses games, design and play in your library, now is your chance to share that knowledge at ALA Annual. GameRT Lounge Sharing Sessions are hour long sessions 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 interested, please reply here or get in touch with Brian Mayer at: bmayer@gvboces.org

Thanks!

Discussion Call for Librarians Doing Awesome Stuff with Gaming!

by Brian Mayer on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 09:49 am

If you are a librarian who uses games, design and play in your library, now is your chance to share that knowledge at ALA Annual. GameRT Lounge Sharing Sessions are hour long sessions 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 interested, please reply here or get in touch with Brian Mayer at: bmayer@gvboces.org

Thanks!

Discussion Green Bay’s Board-Game Obsession: Competitive Juices Fuel Lengthy Rounds of ‘Settlers of Catan’ Among Packers’ Players

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Marketing help for games and gaming!

Anyone else know celebrities (besides Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day) who are big gamers?

Green Bay’s Board-Game Obsession: Competitive Juices Fuel Lengthy Rounds of ‘Settlers of Catan’ Among Packers’ Players

"'When the average person sees the Packers doing it, it becomes a safe thing. That it's not the kids in mom's basement anymore,' Fuge said.

Marketing help for games and gaming!

Anyone else know celebrities (besides Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day) who are big gamers?

Green Bay’s Board-Game Obsession: Competitive Juices Fuel Lengthy Rounds of ‘Settlers of Catan’ Among Packers’ Players

"'When the average person sees the Packers doing it, it becomes a safe thing. That it's not the kids in mom's basement anymore,' Fuge said.

The Packers' embrace of the game become such a phenomenon that the store put a sign up that said 'Be cool like Justin Perillo, play Catan!'"

 

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Discussion Nebraska Academic Library Gaming Article

by Brian Mayer on Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm

Nebraska Libraries journal just published an article about Concordia University’s Link Library Board Game Collection and game night. Page 19, here is a link to the publication. Congratulations to Philip Hendrickson (BGG:DrumPhil).

GameRT Gaming Lounge

by Brian Mayer on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 02:47 pm

Another big announcement for ALA Annual. The GameRT will be hosting a Gaming Lounge at ALA Annual in San Francisco. This will be a large 20x20 space on the exhibit floor that will be open to attendees all conference long while the exhibit floor is open. The space will feature open gaming, scheduled demo games from game publishers attending annual and sharing time from librarians exploring and using games in their library spaces.

Currently we will have scheduled gaming demos from:

Another big announcement for ALA Annual. The GameRT will be hosting a Gaming Lounge at ALA Annual in San Francisco. This will be a large 20x20 space on the exhibit floor that will be open to attendees all conference long while the exhibit floor is open. The space will feature open gaming, scheduled demo games from game publishers attending annual and sharing time from librarians exploring and using games in their library spaces.

Currently we will have scheduled gaming demos from:

  • Fantasy Flight Games
  • Academy Games
  • Paizo Publishing 

We will also have open game play available during the exhibit floor hours. Stop in and play games from the huge library of games in the GameRT's collection of games.

Lastly, Saturday and Sunday for one hour each day, we will have sharing times in which librarians can sign up to present and share with conference attendees their experience and expertise using games and play in their library spaces. This can be in any format desired (poster, tech, hands on... etc).

We are very excited for this space. It presents an opportunity to create a hands-on interactive space for conference attendees to explore game resources, interact with publishers and learn from great gaming programs.

If you are interested in being a part of the Gaming Lounge, either as a helper manning the space (checking out games and being a game shepherd) or if you would like to present during one of the two sharing slots, please get in touch with me.

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ALAPlay 2015!

by Brian Mayer on Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 02:33 pm

Each year at Annual, the Games and Gaming Roundtable puts together an evening of Open Gaming and discovery that is ALAPlay. This year is going to be another fantastic year! 

Apart from the open play of the GameRT's library of games, we will have special events and industry guests with us.

Fantasy Flight Games, Academy Games and Paizo Publishing will be there, demoing games.

I will be bringing a GIANT 8'x4' version of my board game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad.

Each year at Annual, the Games and Gaming Roundtable puts together an evening of Open Gaming and discovery that is ALAPlay. This year is going to be another fantastic year! 

Apart from the open play of the GameRT's library of games, we will have special events and industry guests with us.

Fantasy Flight Games, Academy Games and Paizo Publishing will be there, demoing games.

I will be bringing a GIANT 8'x4' version of my board game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad.

We will also be running an Unpub event. This will be an open invitation for attending librarians to bring in unpublished games to share and get feedback from players at the event. We will also be giving prizes to the top rated games from the event.

  • If you are interested in bringing in a design, please shoot me an email (bmayer@gvboces.org) so I have an idea of the number of games that will be coming and I can make sure to set aside enough table space.
  • We are also looking for game shepherd to help people find and learn games during ALAPlay. We have a great list of games in our library and our adding more each year. We also welcome people who would like to bring along their own games to teach as well!

If you are interested in helping or participating in any way, please get in touch with me (bmayer@gvboces.org).

Thanks!

 

 

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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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