GAMERT (Gaming) Round Table

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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.

Professional Development and Grants for Library Gaming Programs

  • 1.  Professional Development and Grants for Library Gaming Programs

    Posted Feb 15, 2022 02:14 PM
    Edited by Rebecca Strang Feb 15, 2022 02:19 PM

    I'm Rebecca Strang, President-Elect of the Games & Gaming Round Table and Chair of GameRT's Program Planning and Grant committees. I wanted to share some updates about the round table. I'm cross-posting this in the GameRT space and general ALA Member space. We've been hard at work scheduling professional development opportunities on topics about gaming in libraries. The Game On! Grant application period is also open (open to ALA members seeking funds for games programming in their library, due by 3/1/22)! 

    Here are the upcoming webinars that ALA GameRT is hosting, free for anyone to attend:

    Learning Combos in Databases (Gaming Literacy & Information Literacy)
    Feb 24, 2022 at 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Educational Video Games and Video Games Used in Education: A Lively Panel Brought to You by the Film & Media Round Table (FMRT) and the Games & Gaming Round Table
    Mar 14, 2022 at 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
    This one has representatives from PBS Kids, Smithsonian, and Internet Archive!

    Learn & Play - Miniatures Painting
    Mar 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

    One-Page, One-Shot RPGs
    April, time TBD, registration link will be available soon, keep an eye on the GameRT Facebook page for the event posting

    To Build a Mystery, A Panel on How to Create a Virtual Mystery Hunt for Your Own Library
    May 24, 2022 at 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Past webinar recordings are available on the GameRT website.
    GameRT webinar recordings are available to GameRT members only for 6 months before becoming publicly available.

    Recordings available to the public:
    • Be the Hero! Tween and Teen Live Action Roleplaying LARPing Games
    • Learn & Play - Loteria
    • GameRT President's Program: From Alphie to Zelda: Preserving the History of Video Games at The Strong National Museum of Play
    • GameRT Discussion Session: "You have advantage!" - stories about how games and gaming can improve employability and enrich lives.
    • Gameschooling Using Board Games in the Classroom
    • Pokémon Programming at the Library
    • Critical Hit - Using Dungeons and Dragons to Gamify
    • Virtual Gaming Programs: Resources for Fighting Social Isolation with Gaming
    • The Future of Gaming - GameRT President's Program ALA Virtual 2020

    Recordings available to GameRT members (must be logged into the ALA website to access):
    • Learn & Play - D&D Session Zero
    • Let the Games Begin: Escape Room-Style Library Orientation
    • Build Community & Information Literacy with Esports
    • Games, Academia, and Libraries

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    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about GameRT or our programs.

    Game on!

    Rebecca Strang
    Children's Services Associate
    Naperville Public Library

    Board Member, Games & Gaming Round Table (GameRT)
    Chair, GameRT Program Planning Committee