09.17.12

Games in Libraries Information from 2007-2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:58 am by snicholson

Welcome to the information page for Scott Nicholson’s work on Games in Libraries.    This page is an archive of the work that was done from 2007-2011 on the topic of Games in Libraries through the Library Game Lab of Syracuse.   This game lab has now transformed into Because Play Matters, and you can find up-to-date information on that site.  The goal of Because Play Matters is to create transformative games and play for informal learning spaces, so while this does include libraries, it is a broader focus than that of the Library Game Lab.

Gaming in Libraries Course

In 2009, Scott Nicholson taught a one-month Gaming in Libraries course for Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies.   This course consisted of 30 videos that were released via YouTube.  It created a space where library students, librarians, and gamers came together to discuss and learn more about how games can be used in libraries.  Thousands have viewed the videos from this course over the years, but the original YouTube videos were deleted from Syracuse’s account. The course, and a paper that Dr. Nicholson wrote about the course called “Inviting the world into the online classroom: Teaching a gaming in libraries course via YouTube. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 51(4)”, resulted in an innovation award for 2011 by ALISE and a best conference paper award.

Scott has reloaded the videos so that those interested in gaming in libraries can continue to learn from the course content.  The easiest way to watch the course is through the YouTube Gaming in Libraries Course Playlist  where you can view all of the videos or just one at time, or you can watch them right here:

Everyone Plays at the Library: Creating Great Gaming Experiences for All Ages

This book, published by Information Today, contains guides, frameworks, reviews, and tools for any sort of library wanting to use a variety of games in their programs.  Gaming in libraries can be more than video games and teenagers, and this book guides libraries to creating the best gaming program for their needs.   It helps librarians start with the goals of their library and move into creating engaging experiences that can be assessed back to those goals.  A sample chapter is available  and the book can be ordered through Information Today in print and e-book formats.

 

Articles about Gaming in Libraries

During the years, Scott wrote a number of articles about gaming in libraries.  He was a regular columnist for Digitale Bibliotheek on the topic.  Most of these writings are available online:

Nicholson, S. (2011). Crossed Paths. (A free interactive storytelling game for libraries or schools). Originally created for the talk, Engagement through Games: Reaching Library Users through Playful Ways. Keynote for 2011 Minnesota Library Association annual conference. Duluth, Minnesota.

Nicholson, S. (2011). Making the Gameplay Matter: Designing Modern Educational Tabletop Games. Knowledge Quest 40(1). 60-65.

Nicholson, S. (2010, Nov. 11). Board Game Starter Kit:  Intergenerational Gaming Collection for Under $200. Booklist Online Feature Article.

Nicholson, S. (2010). Join the U.S. National Gaming Day @ Your Library. Digitale Bibliotheek 2(6).

Nicholson, S. (2010). Gaming and literacy: Exploring the ConnectionsDigitale Bibliotheek 2(4), 42.

Nicholson, S. (2010). Scratch the gaming itchDigitale Bibliotheek 2(2), 42.

Nicholson, S. (2009). Library Gaming Experiences on a tight budgetDigitale Bibliotheek 1(7), 23.

Nicholson, S. (2009). Creating a Gaming experience in Libraries. Digitale Bibliotheek 1(5), 11.

Nicholson, S. (2009). Why gaming? Digitale Bibliotheek 1(1), 17.

Nicholson, S. (2009). Library Gaming Census ReportAmerican Libraries 40(1-2), 44. (note that the preprint version is edited significantly from the version as published).

Nicholson, S. (2009). Go Back to Start: Gathering Baseline Data about Gaming in Libraries. Library Review. 58(3), 203214.

Nicholson, S. (2008). Games in Libraries: Myths and RealitiesNYLA Bulletin 56(4), 3.

Nicholson, S. (2008, August). Reframing gamingAmerican Libraries. 50-51.

Nicholson, S. (2008). Modern board games: Its not a Monopoly any more. Library Technology Reports 44(3). 8-10, 38-39.

Nicholson, Scott. (2008). Finish your games so you can start your schoolwork: A look at gaming in school librariesLibrary Media Connection 26(5), 52-55.

Nicholson, S. (2007). The Role of Gaming in Libraries: Taking the Pulse. White paper.

 

Games in Libraries Podcast

The Games in Libraries podcast ran from 2008-2010. The archives of the Games in Libraries podcast can still be found in iTunes and individual entries for each podcast entry are in the Games in Libraries Podcast Blog below.

 

06.12.12

Games in Libraries Course and Book

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:21 am by snicholson

The Games in Libraries podcast is no longer being produced.

If you are looking to learn more about Games in Libraries, here are several resources:

Scott Nicholson wrote “Everyone Plays at the Library” as a book version of his traveling workshop for librarians.  It explores all types of games and all levels of patrons, and you can find the book at Information Today.

You can also find a video series that Scott created about gaming in libraries on YouTube at http://gamesinlibraries.org/course

Many full-text articles about games in libraries can be found at http://scottnicholson.com/pubs/index.html 

 

05.22.11

Games in Libraries Podcast for May 2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:21 am by snicholson

Welcome to the May 2011 episode of the Games in Libraries podcast. In this episode, we talk about the NYPL’s Find the Future event, interview Major Nelson, review Shake-n-Take, talk about a national Smash Brothers tournament, and more!

Get this episode from the Internet Archive
(Right Click and Save)
– or visit its home at the to have it streamed to your computer.

The Games in Libraries podcast is also in iTunes at Games in Libraries

Show Notes:
- Don’s article in School Library Journal
- Scott was part of the Find the Future game at the NYPL
- National Smash announcement
- Out of the Box Company Profile
- Interview with Larry Hryb, XBOX Live’s Major Nelson
- Shake-N-Take Review

Want to talk about this episode? Visit ALA Connect!

We are seeking contributions! Contact Donald Dennis at donaldgdennis@gmail.com

09.10.10

Games in Libraries for September 2010

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:46 am by snicholson

Welcome to the September episode of the Games in Libraries podcast. We’ve got a nice variety of topics for you to enjoy this month:

Get this episode here – gamesinlibraries0910.mp3
– or visit its home at the Internet Archive to have it streamed to your computer.

The Games in Libraries podcast is also in iTunes at Games in Libraries

On this episode:
1:15 Donald on purchasing games for schools and libraries from Fantasy Flight Games.
3.05 Eli Neiburger on a new way of doing Smash Bro’s Qualifiers for large groups, and National Gaming Day.
11:20 Scott Nicholson on dexterity games; specifically Sorry Sliders and the new Crokinole
17:05 Jamie Jayroe and Donald give tips for using and maintaining the XBOX 360 hard drive
25:10 Brian Mayer on how board games provide different types of experiences.
35:00 Thomas Edgar on Magic: the Gathering

Want to talk about episode? Visit ALA Connect!

We are seeking contributions! Contact Donald Dennis at donaldgdennis@gmail.com

07.29.10

Games in Libraries Podcast is Back!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:24 am by snicholson

We’re back on the air!

Donald Dennis is taking up the task of editing the Games in Libraries podcast, and has put together a new episode for all to enjoy! Tell your friends!

Download the Games in Libraries Podcast or listen to it streaming at the Internet Archive.

  • Scott Nicholson & Donald Dennis briefly discuss the future of the Games in Libraries podcast
  • Scott & Donald talk about the new book Everyone Plays at the Library
  • Heather Pelham and Donald talk about integrating games into the Georgetown County Library Hurricane project
  • Brian Mayer talks to us about game awards
  • Jamie Jayroe and Donald review Wits and Wagers Family
  • Scott makes a brief announcement about National Gaming Day at your Library 2010.
  • Talk about this episode at http://connect.ala.org/gaming

    Feedback on the episode or ideas for a segment? Contact Donald Dennis at donaldgdennis@gmail.com

    (edit to correct email address)

06.20.10

Events for ALA Annual 2010

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:10 am by snicholson

I did a brief recording about the events for ALA Annual 2010.

ALA Open Gaming Night
Friday, June 25, 2010
7:30pm – 10:00pm
Renaissance Ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel
Play a variety of games and meet others interested in gaming
Hosted by the Games and Gaming Members Initiative Group and
Sponsored by Information Today and Neal-Schuman

Note: In the ALA program, there is a meeting listed for the GGMIG at
10:00 AM GRAND Constitution E. We won’t have that meeting, since our
program is at 10:30. Instead, we will have our GGMIG meeting after the conclusion of the 10:30am program.

Leveling up Library Gaming: A Partnership Perspective
Saturday, June 26 – 10:30am – 12:00pm
Washington Convention Center -145B
Hosted by the Games and Gaming Members Initiative Group

Book Signing with Scott Nicholson
“Everyone Plays at the Library: Creating Great Gaming Experiences for All Ages”
Information Today Booth
Saturday, June 26, 1:00-2:00 pm

PLA President’s Program
Featuring Will Shortz,
Enigmatologist-New York Times Puzzle Master
Sunday, June 27,
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

12.10.09

Games in Libraries, December 2009

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:36 pm by snicholson

During this episode of the Games in Libraries podcast, we talk about what happened during National Gaming Day @ Your Library, 2009.

Download the December 2009 Games in Libraries episode over at The Internet Archive.

Or listen here:

Show Notes:

National Gaming Day @ Your Library – Nov. 14, 2009
– Main Web site: http://ngd.ala.org
– Data from the event: http://ngd.ala.org/2009/11/24/double-the-fun-final-ngd2009-numbers/
ALA Gaming Toolkit
YouTube Course on Gaming in Libraries

Donald Dennis and Jamie Jayroe of the Georgetown County Library System SC BYTES Project talks about what their library did for National Gaming Day @ Your Library, and discusses lessons learned about what got people excited.

JJ Lanza, on his RPG101 segment, talks about how he worked with the Wood County Public Library in Bowling Green, Ohio to run a roleplaying game. He ran the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game starter set, and more information about that can be found at http://tinyurl.com/dndstarterset/

Beth Gallaway talks about how the Mashpee, Massachusetts Public Library used an interesting survey idea on National Gaming Day to get ideas from library patrons about board and video games for collection development.

Greg Carlson and others from the Jacaranda Library, Sarasota County Libraries in Sarasota, Florida present some of the innovative things they are doing to engage the community with chess. You can join in the game at http://sclibs.net/chess.aspx

Eli Neiburger presents the results from the video game tournaments for National Gaming Day 2009.

Talk about this episode over at ALA Connect!

10.24.09

Games in Libraries, October 2009

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:12 am by snicholson

With National Gaming Day @ Your Library coming right up (Nov. 14), we wanted to put up an episode with advice for libraries thinking about joining in! Enjoy!

Download the October 2009 Games in Libraries episode over at The Internet Archive.

Or listen here:

Show Notes:

National Gaming Day @ Your Library – Nov. 14, 2009
– Main Web site: http://ngd.ala.org
- Form to register your library as a participant
GT System (host for video game tournaments)
- Press Release about Hasbro donation
North Star Games, home of Wits & Wagers and Say Anything! andAlphaBound, home of LetterJAM

Brian Mayer talks about how School Libraries can get involved with National Gaming Day (since it’s on a Saturday).

Kelly Czarnecky discusses a report called Game Changer: Investing in Digital Play to Advance Children’s Learning and Health (link currently unavailable)
ALA Connect Games and Gaming Member Initiative Group

Julie Scordato talks about what they do at the Columbus Metropolitan Library and continuing to advocate gaming through tough budget times
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Systemwide Teen Gaming Initiative, Columbus Metropolitan Library
LibGaming Google Group
Games & Gaming Member Initiative Group
Making the Case: Advocacy & FAQs

A new contributor, JJ Lanza, joins us to talk about roleplaying games with a new segment, RPG101.
John Kim’s website, which you can reach by using tinyurl.com/whatisrpg
– Bill Walton’s excellent resource website, Terra Libris, at theescapist.com. (Rpg jargon site)
– JJ’s blog is at http://back2rpgbasics.blogspot.com.

Eli Neiburger presents the structures that libraries can be involved with for NGD. He’s hosting these three events:
– Rock Band High Score Contest. Any version, any song. Log score through http://wiki.gtsystem.org
– Super Smash Brothers Brawl Bracket. 3PM Eastern Four libraries per pool, players play off and get points. Top two libraries advance. Libraries must be able to play online. E-mail at gtsystem@aadl.org to sign up.
– Mario Kart Wii tournament. SUNDAY, Nov. 15 (day after NGD). E-mail at gtsystem@aadl.org to sign up.

Talk about this episode over at ALA Connect!

09.28.09

Games in Libraries, September 2009

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:08 pm by snicholson

Wow! My apologies – I wrote this up, saved it as a draft, and never released it! Someone should tell me about these things!

Download the September 2009 Games in Libraries episode over at The Internet Archive.

Or listen here:

Show Notes:

Donald Dennis, Georgetown County Library System, South Carolina, BYTES Project, and his graduate assistant, Thomas Maluck, about Web sites for video game reviews:
Metacritic
Gamerankings
Mobygames

Scott Nicholson reviews Wii Sports Resort and the Wii Motion Plus controller.

Julie Scordato talks about the Systemwide Teen Gaming Initiative at the Columbus Ohio Metropolitan Library

 

Beth Gallaway presents a online course called “Reaching Teens with Gaming” that she is teaching through YALSA.

Scott Nicholson explains how to play 1000 Blank White Cards, the Game of the Month for the Games and Gaming Members Initiative Group. Come and talk about it at http://connect.ala.org/node/81900

Talk about this episode over at ALA Connect!

08.16.09

Games in Libraries – August 2009

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:10 am by snicholson

Download the August 2009 Games in Libraries episode over at The Internet Archive.

Or listen here:

Welcome to the Games in Libraries podcast! (I realize now that I screwed up in my introduction and called it the “Gaming in Libraries” podcast – that was the name of my free Gaming in Libraries course, so now the two are all mixed up in my head!)

Show Notes:

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