Saturday, December 24, 2005


Space still available in Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science Online Continuing Education Workshop Get Your Game On: Video Games and Librarians , running 1/2/06-1/31/06. The fee is $250. Register by completing and mailing the registration form at

At first glance, one might think that libraries and video games are the antithesis of each other; yet research suggests there is a great deal of cognition and even literacy activity occurring in today's games. As the average age of the gamer -- and the number of people playing them -- continues to increase, libraries must consider how to serve this new user group: the gamer. Learn about the gamer generation and discover simple techniques for narrowing the generation gap between gamers and boomers. Evaluate several video games, and discuss the virtues and vices of games before forming a plan to incorporate games into your library. All software used is FREE. Participants need computer access, one hour a week to complete readings and respond to discussion, and one hour a week to play games. Participants are also encouraged to take a field trip to a location where games are sold. Faculty: Beth Gallaway, library trainer/consultant for youth services, Metrowest MA Regional Library System, and YALSA Serving the Underserved Trainer,

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