Intro to MMORPGs for Librarians 101

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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.
Starts:  Nov 7, 2021 12:00 AM (CT)
Ends:  Nov 26, 2021 11:55 PM (CT)
Ever wonder how to create an MMORPG gaming club at your library? Get three weeks of hands-on experience playing an MMORPG to see first hand how to build community, setup fun and interactive events, and use Discord as a center of operations! Space is limited, register now!

This is a free, interactive 3-week course that will take place via Discord and in-game. November 7-26, 2021.

This is a free training, but donations are welcome from registered participants. To make a donation, go to this link ( and select GameRT from the Round Tables list. The recommended donation is $20.

Registration is required. Limit 30. Please fill out this form:

In Introduction to MMORPGs for Librarians 101, librarians will learn the basics of Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing games (MMORPGs) in Lord of the Rings Online so that they feel comfortable setting up online in-game programming for their customers. While MMORPGs aren’t all the same, the basics you will learn in this three-week in-game series will be helpful with any MMORPG you choose to use for library programming. You’ll also learn the basics of setting up a Discord channel for your library and how to use it for programming purposes outside of MMORPGs. Registration for this series is required and is open to all library staff worldwide. The course will be taught in English, though we do have members from Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries who may be able to assist participants on occasion. Participants must agree to the hosting kinship’s Code of Conduct, which can be read at

Lord of the Rings Online is based on the classic fantasy novels by J. R. R. Tolkien. Downloading the game, creating an account, and the first 20 levels of content are free; however, additional quest packs can be purchased or earned through accumulating LoTRO points by completing in-game deeds.

Whether you’ve never played an MMORPG or it’s been a very long time since you’ve played one, I hope you will join me for three weeks of fun (…and learning, of course)! To see if your computer meets the system requirements for running the game, please visit:

Access the course schedule here (full guide provided to enrolled participants later):

This course is developed and presented by LeeAnn McNabb, MLIS and facilitated via ALA's Games & Gaming Round Table.

Registration is required. Limit 30. Please fill out this form:


Online Instructions:
Login: Register for this event and then login information will be provided. You will need the Lord of the Rings Online game and Discord to participate.