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.
  • 1.  Hello!

    Posted Oct 19, 2011 08:44 PM

    Hey everybody!

    I can't tell you how excited I was to see this round table in the list when I joined ALA yesterday! I'd like to introduce myself: my name's Gina and I'm a first semester MLIS student at Kent State. I want to specialize in Young Adult Services but I'm also interested in international stuff. I've been an avid game my whole life; my fiance and I play games of all types -- video games, tabletop RPGs, board games, you name it. I'd like to know what's been going on at the round table recently and I'd like to offer my perspective on gaming. I also went to Origins Game Fair in June and asked lots of questions about libraries and gaming; I got very positive responses. Pleasure to meet you all!


  • 2.  RE: Hello!

    Posted Dec 02, 2011 07:34 AM

    I am also interested in gaming as a hobby and here at work. I am a librarian at the University of North Texas Media Library. We currently  have a circulating collection of consoles and games. This collection is only 3 years old so we are new at it but so far it is going really well except for funding! We are trying to expand to include a gaming space on campus that everyone can use regardless of coursework or fees, PC gaming, and serious gaming. We are also reaching out to faculty to see what type of support they need for their classes on gaming and any research that they are doing.


    Diane Robson
    UNT Media Library

  • 3.  RE: Hello!

    Posted Mar 05, 2012 09:36 AM

    My name is Jancee Wright and I am a 22 year old library science student at University of Kentucky. I also love gaming. I am very passionate about collecting quality video games, to the point that my roommate is telling me to stop buying games. None of the libraries around here have a gaming collection, which saddens me. I think this should be an area of interest for libraries as the game industry penetrates more and more households in the country.

  • 4.  RE: Hello!

    Posted Mar 05, 2012 10:08 AM

    Hi Jancee!  It's great to meet a fellow Kentuckian here!  I'm currently finishing my MA in gender studies at the University of Louisville with a research interest in women and gaming/the internet.  After that, it's onto UK's virtual library school program.  It's great to meet you!

  • 5.  RE: Hello!

    Posted Apr 02, 2012 10:59 AM

    My name is Michael Buono, and I'm a Librarian Trainee in Patchogue, NY. I am a student at Queen's college, and I expect liberation at the end of spring. We've been doing some cool things. We have a "beyond the board" game night. We break out our non-traditional board games like ticket to ride, Zombies!!! and I think were doing power grid soon. We also have a teen Dnd game and a video game night. I am a well rounded gamer with interest in Video Games, Table Top and Eurostyle boardgames. Monopoly and Cranium are not my friends.

    We also have a video game collection, but thats currently in flux. The cost of maintaining it is pretty severe.

  • 6.  RE: Hello!

    Posted Jul 21, 2012 10:38 PM

    Dear Gamers:


    MIke's the name librarians the game ;) no but seriously young adult librarian in Baltimore city, good to meet you all!! Let the games begin!!

    Just out of curiosity how many folks grow up with D&D??

    Many thanks!!




  • 7.  RE: Hello!

    Posted Sep 26, 2012 08:37 PM

    Hello everyone!

    It has been such a pleasure reading about all of ya'll's backgrounds and experiences. 

    I'd love to introduce myself: my name is Jacqueline Schector, and I'm a first year MLIS student at the Pratt Institute in New York. I was so excited to see this roundtable-- games and gaming have been an integral part of my life and education. I'm so happy to see this reflected here!

    My gaming interests are somewhat diverse: I enjoy video games, but I will always love board games best. I'm particularly partial to Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and Scrabble. 

    I'm so very happy to be here, and looking forward to getting to know everyone.



  • 8.  RE: Hello!

    Posted Sep 27, 2012 06:39 AM

    As the un-official analog representative of the RT, let me extend a warm welcome. It is great to have you on board. If you have any questions, need any help or want to pitch in with a committee or two just let us know!