Game Making Interest Group Meeting Report
Game Making Interest Group Community
We will be busy at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Please join us for our program: Great Games and Gamification in Libraries on Monday, June 27 from 8:30am-10:00am for lightning rounds from 6 librarians. See details here: http://www.eventscribe.com/2016/ala-annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=138015.
Directly after our program, we will hold our meeting at Annual with a guest speaker: Kimberly Copenhaver, who will speak about using Moodle and gamification for training purposes. It will be held from 10:30am-11:30am in the convention center room W307A. For more details, please see: http://www.eventscribe.com/2016/ala-annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=142921.
Please join us at one or both of these events at Midwinter. I look forward to seeing you!
I'm really excited about our meeting for ALA Annual in San Francisco. We will have two speakers, discussing games in their libraries. Brian Mayer, Gaming and Library Technology Specialist at the School Library System of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership published a game, Freedom: The Underground Railroad, last year and will be talking about the process of creating an educational game for commercial purposes and its application and use in education as well as its impact. Kyle Felker, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Grand Valley State University, will discuss the process of creating the Library Quest game. After the presentations, we will have an open discussion about games in libraries. See http://alaac15.ala.org/node/28990 for details. It will be in the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Sierra Suite J. Hope to see you all there!
Game Making Interest Group Meeting, ALA Annual 2014
- The Game Making Interest Group had a successful meeting with 27 attendees at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.
- The Chair, Breanne Kirsch gave a short presentation on the Game Making Interest Group.
- 6 lightning presentations were given by authors of the book: Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct, edited by Breanne Kirsch.
- Mary Broussard- Knowing when to create a library game and best practices for game design
- Andrew Battista- Overview on gamification and badges
- Virginia Alexander and Bree Kirsch- Transfer student Agoge IL game
- Heath Ward- Physical games related to literature, including a Marshmallow Gun War: Hunger Games Edition
- Jason Battles- ARGs in the library
- Bohyun Kim- Educational games in medicine and healthcare and the role libraries can have in educational games
- Slides will be made available on the wiki: http://gamemakinginterestgroup.wikispaces.com/.
- After the lightning presentations, an open discussion about how the attendees are using games in their libraries occurred.
- Two copies of the book were raffled off at the end of the meeting.
- Dan Maxwell agreed to be the Vice-Chair for the group this year.
- Future endeavors of the group were also discussed.
- If you have questions or comments, feel free to e-mail Breanne Kirsch, the current Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 29- 8:30am-10:00am in LVCC- N219- Game Making Interest Group
Five authors of the new title, Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct, will speak about games in libraries. Mary Broussard will discuss knowing when to create a library game and best practices for game design. Heath Ward will talk about using physical games related to literature, including a Marshmallow Gun War: Hunger Games Edition. Breanne Kirsch and Virginia Alexander will discuss an Agoge information literacy game for transfer students. Jason Battles will speak about ARGs in the library. Bohyun Kim will give an overview on educational games in medicine and healthcare and the role libraries can have in educational games. Two copies of the book will be available for review and will be raffled off during the session. Please let Breanne Kirsch know if you have any questions.
Games in Libraries: Using Play to Connect and Instruct is a new book, edited by Breanne Kirsch, available from Amazon: http://amzn.com/0786474912 or Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/games-in-libraries-breanne-a-kirsch/1115625192?ean=9780786474912. This is a compilation from librarians making and using games in innovative ways at their libraries. Chapter authors were chosen by Breanne based on conference presentations on games or her network of gaming experts. Feel free to contact Breanne with questions at email@example.com. The book has been published by McFarland.
Hello all. My name is Josh Carlson, I'm currently the Director of Youth Services at Utica Public Library in Utica, NY. Recently I started a Facebook group for Librarians who play or are interested in Magic: the Gathering, though I am considering changing the name/focus to be more "broad" for tabletop-based gaming in general.
Part of my goal is that I would like to organize some sort of meet and play during PLA this year. Thoughts on that?
When: Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Marriott Room 409
Description: The Game Making Interest Group will meet to discuss possible future programs and projects involving games and games making in libraries.
Breanne Kirsch will give a brief presentation about how you can make games without a lot of technology skills and will also discuss the history of the group and where the group will go in the future. Anyone interested in games or game making is encouraged to attend. If you have questions, feel free to contact Bree (the founder and current chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game Making IG Meeting, ALA Annual 2013
“What You Need to Know Before Gamifying Your Library”
There were 90 attendees for the program on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 8:30-10am. There were nine presentations focusing on gamification in libraries by the following presenters:
- Bohyun Kim, Digital Access Librarian, Florida International University Medical Library
- Laurie Golden, Head of Community Relations, Canton Public Library
- Nicole Pagowsky, Instructional Services Librarian, University of Arizona
- Carli Spina, Emerging Technologies and Research Librarian, Harvard Law School Library
- David Pattern, University of Huddersfield, UK
- Kyle Felker, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Grand Valley State University Library
- Young Lee, Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian, University of La Verne College of Law
- Annie Pho, Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago
- Breanne Kirsch, Public Services Librarian, USC Upstate University Library
- We had 10 attendees at the meeting.
- The Chair, Breanne Kirsch gave a brief introduction and history of the Game Making Interest Group to those that were new.
- The group’s wiki was discussed and is available at: http://gamemakinginterestgroup.wikispaces.com/.
- Our program on gamification was discussed:
- Ideas for possible future programs were discussed, along with the upcoming publication, Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct, which is edited by Breanne Kirsch and being published by McFarland, due out in December. One future program idea is to have the authors of the chapters come to discuss their game making efforts in person.
- One attendee suggested meeting online quarterly for an open discussion on game making efforts. Breanne will contact those that were interested about future Google Hangouts.
- Then we had an open discussion for the rest of the meeting time about game making efforts going on at each of the attendees’ libraries.