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Discussion GameRT Escape Room Preconference at Annual.

by Brian Mayer on Thu, Feb 2, 2017 at 06:59 am

Registration for Annual opens today. Please consider registering for the GameRT's 1/2 day pre-conference on escape rooms. http://2017.alaannual.org/ticketed-events#GAMERT

 

 

Discussion GameRT PreCon at ALA Annual 2017

by Brian Mayer on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 07:40 am

Registration for ALA Annual 2017 is coming up and the Games and Gaming Roundtable will be putting on a Pre-Con on Escape Rooms with Diane Robson

Registration for ALA Annual 2017 is coming up and the Games and Gaming Roundtable will be putting on a Pre-Con on Escape Rooms with Diane RobsonDonald DennisLiesl Toates, Erin Miller and myself. Hope to see you there!

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Discussion International Games Day 2016 - Final Report

by Diane Robson on Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 04:17 pm

2016 was another successful year for International Games Day! You can read the final report on our IGD blog.

http://igd.ala.org/2016/12/16/igd-2016-final-report/

We are already working on the 2017 event. Feel free to contact me with any ideas, comments, or questions.

 

Discussion GameRT Board Meeting Agenda December 6th, 1pm EST

by Brian Mayer on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 07:06 am

Please join us for the GameRT Board Meeting happening in Adobe Connect.

When:  12/6/16 at 1PM EST

To join the meeting: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/gamertbd/

 

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

 

Test your connection: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 

Please join us for the GameRT Board Meeting happening in Adobe Connect.

When:  12/6/16 at 1PM EST

To join the meeting: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/gamertbd/

 

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

 

Test your connection: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

 

The meeting is open to everyone to attend, please consider stopping in.

 

The agenda for the meeting is attached.

 

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Discussion GameRT Call for Proposals for ALA Annual 2017

by Matthew Murray on Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 02:13 pm

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is now accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Conference, June 22-27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Presenters will be required to provide either a twenty-minute presentation with Q & A or an hour-long hands on workshop.

Proposals are due by December 14th, 2016.

Please submit your proposals through GameRT's Conference Abstract website.

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is now accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Conference, June 22-27, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Presenters will be required to provide either a twenty-minute presentation with Q & A or an hour-long hands on workshop.

Proposals are due by December 14th, 2016.

Please submit your proposals through GameRT's Conference Abstract website.

You must include the names and email addresses of all presenters along with any other information that is required. 

 
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at thematthewmurray@gmail.com.
 
Please pass this message on to any people you feel may find it relevant.
 
Regards,
Matthew Murray
Chair, GameRT Program Planning Committee

 

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Discussion Video Game Collections for Special Libraries

by Matthew Hocker on Sat, Oct 15, 2016 at 01:59 pm

Hello everyone!

Hello everyone!

I'm a new ALA member and new to the GameRT and was excited to see this group, as the library I work for recently started a collection of vintage driving/racing games (we're an automotive research library). Does anyone in the group here work for a special library with a gaming collection? I am aware of a few collections out there - University of North Texas, The National Video Game Museum (which eventually plans on creating a research library), etc. I would be interested in hearing about your experiences with collection development (especially outreach efforts in soliciting donations), preservation and providing access.

To help build an awareness of the collection among our parent organization's members, we will be running a research article one SEGA's Out Run (1986) in our parent organization's magazine, Antique Automobile. We selected Out Run because of its direct connection with automobiles (the car was modeled off of the Ferrari Testarossa) and because it has been ported to so many home computers and consoles over the years.

So far, we have an Atari 2600, NES, Gameboy and SEGA Genesis & CD with a small library of games. The strangest thing we received was an APF-MP1000, which was made in 1978 to compete with the Atari 2600. Only 13 games were ever made for this thing, one of which was built-in. Sadly, no driving games were among them, so it looks like we'll be trading this one in. ;-)

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas!

-Matt

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Discussion GameRT Board Meeting 9/26

by Brian Mayer on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Please join us for the agameRT Board Meeting in Adobe Connect.

When:  09/26/2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Time Zone:  (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US and Canada)

To join the meeting:

http://ala.adobeconnect.com/gamertbd/

 

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

 

Please join us for the agameRT Board Meeting in Adobe Connect.

When:  09/26/2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Time Zone:  (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US and Canada)

To join the meeting:

http://ala.adobeconnect.com/gamertbd/

 

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before:

 

Test your connection: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

 

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

 

The meeting is open to everyone to attend, please consider stopping in.

 

The agenda for the meeting is attached.

 

 

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Discussion GameRT Call for Proposals for ALA Midwinter 2017

by Matthew Murray on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 01:55 am

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is now accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, January 20-24, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Presenters will be required to provide either a twenty-minute presentation with Q & A or an hour-long hands on workshop.

Proposals are due September 9th, 2016.

Please include the names and email addresses of the presenters, and the title, a short description, and 200 word abstract of your proposal.

The Games and Gaming Roundtable is now accepting conference presentation proposals on games and gaming in libraries for the American Library Association Midwinter Conference, January 20-24, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Presenters will be required to provide either a twenty-minute presentation with Q & A or an hour-long hands on workshop.

Proposals are due September 9th, 2016.

Please include the names and email addresses of the presenters, and the title, a short description, and 200 word abstract of your proposal.

 
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at thematthewmurray@gmail.com.
 
Please pass this message on to any people you feel may find it relevant.
 
Regards,
Matthew Murray
Chair, GameRT Program Planning Committee

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Discussion International Games Day is hosting a Library Pokémon Battle Map

by Julie OBrien on Wed, Jul 27, 2016 at 11:24 am

This year IGD is hosting a Library Pokémon Battle Map. We would love to see pins on the map for your libraries! Which Pokémon team has leadership of the gym at your library?

Check out this post with more information about Pokémon Go and the Library Pokémon Battle Map hosted by IGD as part of this year's events!

This year IGD is hosting a Library Pokémon Battle Map. We would love to see pins on the map for your libraries! Which Pokémon team has leadership of the gym at your library?

Check out this post with more information about Pokémon Go and the Library Pokémon Battle Map hosted by IGD as part of this year's events!

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Discussion A Wrap Up of Annual

by Brian Mayer on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 09:35 am

Hello Everyone

I first wanted to say that I am very excited to start my term as president of the Round Table. I had the opportunity to talk with both board members and the general membership and there is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm moving forward.

Hello Everyone

I first wanted to say that I am very excited to start my term as president of the Round Table. I had the opportunity to talk with both board members and the general membership and there is a lot of excitement and enthusiasm moving forward.

Two big things that we will be working on is this coming year is consolidating the voice of the GameRT, providing a central outreach to membership and publishers that speaks to all of the ways that they can be involved. The second is increasing our outreach and communication with the membership, creating conversational spaces and resources where members and interests are. So look for GameRT communities to pop up in steam, BGG and more.

This year's annual was a great success. ALAPlay had 400+ people pass through to explore, learn and play. A huge thanks to all the members who helped put together and run the event.

  • We had 10 local Orlando game designers come in to showcase their games in the Unpub area.
  • Diane Robson and her team from UNT brought in an Oculus Rift along with other devices to share in the digital petting zoo.
  • I ran two hybrid escape room games
  • Paizo, Konami, Haba, Mayfair, Asmodee, Fantasy Flight and Word Winder were there demoing their games for attendees.
  • PHD Games came in with a team of folk who ran demos of some of the most popular games as well.

The GameRT Booth on the exhibit floor did a great job of outreach, sharing the great work that we do with attendees. Another huge thanks to all of the volunteers who helped out in that space. Our booth hosted ourselves, along with HABA Games and Konami. We were able to generate a lot of excitement about the RT with new librarians and we got great feedback from members as well.

Connected with the booth was the Gaming Lounge, a 20x20 space on the exhibit floor that featured publisher demos, open gaming and a sharing session. The lounge continues to grow and was well utilized for most of the hours it was open.

The GameRT also had a number of associated sessions and events that were well received. 

  • Saturday morning a panel of librarians and industry experts spoke on the role of games in libraries to over 50 attendees on the Gaming and Graphic Novel Stage.
  • Saturday morning also featured the International Games Day Committee meeting which generated a lot of interest and enthusiasm. We already have over 300 libraries signed up to participate.
  • Saturday afternoon, NY and Chicago Public Libraries talked about initiatives to a standing room of close to 80 people at the GameRT's sponsored session.
  • Sunday morning, a team from the University of North Texas shared tips and tricks for preserving and processing games for efficient circulation.
  • Sunday afternoon featured a number of librarians who took part in a sharing session in the game lounge with topics that covered: Escape Rooms, Preservation and Processing, Genrification and Cataloging, Gaming Events, and the Duskers video game club.

It was a fantastic conference with a lot of positive energy and excitement. I am very much looking to working with the board to continue to grow the Round Table and move forward into new areas.

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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.

Send an email to the GameRT Connect group by sending it to inbox+gamert@connect.ala.org.

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