Sunday, May 18, 2008

ALA Gaming News Blog!

Game On: Games in Libraries was created in 2005 as a supplement to the Google LibGaming email group, a forum for discussion of gaming in libraries. Thanks to our contributors, who included Kelly Czarnecki, Matt Gullett, John Scalzo, and Jami Schwarzwalder.

I've been invited to blog for ALA; please visit for news about all types of gaming in all types of libraries.

Thanks for reading!

Beth G.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Second Skin

"Second Skin is a documentary that takes an intimate look at people whose lives have become transformed by virtual worlds."

Blue Book: A Consumer Guide to Virtual Worlds

"The Association of Virtual Worlds has just released its new title The Blue Book: A Consumer Guide to Virtual Worlds listing over 250 virtual worlds and is pleased to offer it free to anyone who is interested in the rapidly growing field of virtual worlds. The Blue Book contains over 250 virtual worlds. Each world is listed alphabetically and includes a web address and brief description. In addition each world is classified as to whether it is live or in development, whether it is appropriate for kids, tweens, teens, or adults; and type of virtual environment it is, for example, a MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role playing game), a social network, a mobile application or a custom world."

Thursday, April 24, 2008

AASL Standards align with Gaming

April 2008, Genesee Valley BOCES
"The new AASL standards are very supportive of the ideas and skills that make up gaming as can be seen in the gaming alignment below. This document, created by the member libraries of the School Library System of Genesee Valley BOCES provides support for the use of games as a learning resource in school libraries."

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

gaming @ your library 2008

"During National Library Week, libraries of all types will host special gaming programs in support of a new literacy initiative called gaming @ your library."

Check out ALA's new page!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

LibGaming-ALA Merger Results

Thanks for participating in the survey the was posted here. 47% would like the blog merged, 53% do not.

Inanimate Alice

"Inanimate Alice' tells the story of Alice, a young girl growing up in the first half of the 21st century, and her imaginary digital friend, Brad. Over ten episodes, each a self contained story, we see Alice grow from an eight year old living with her parents in a remote region of Northern China to a talented mid-twenties animator and designer with the biggest games company in the world."
View Joyce Valenza's blog post on School Library Journal for more information.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Grand Theft Childhood?

With the release of Grand Theft Auto VI on the horizon, Terry Bosky of Game Couch interviews Dr. Cheryl Olson, co-author of Grand Theft Childhood? The Suprising Truth About Violent Video Games, to determine what parents, educators and policymakers need to know about the controversial video games and how their children use them.

Read the full interview at:

Sunday, March 02, 2008

2008 Presidential Gaming Citations

2/11/08 by the American Library Association
"Gaming has been given the presidential seal at the American Library Association (ALA). And that means a chance for libraries to shine a spotlight on their gaming programs."

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

LibGaming-ALA Merger: What do you think?

Greetings, gaming librarians and supportive of gaming librarians!

Our list is just over 3 years old, and we've just hit 500 members.

Now that there is a Gaming Member Interest Group in ALA, should the independent LibGaming Google group be moved to an ALA owned email discussion group?

We can discuss here, but please take a moment to give me your feedback, in a 2-question survey at:


Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Video Games and Michigan, NPR

2/18/08 NPR
Six minute podcast: Libraries Woo Kids with Video Games.
Twenty nine second podcast: Michigan Libraries Stocking Video Games.

Using Unreal Tournament to Simulate a Nuclear Plant

2/17/2008 by Greg Kline, Champaign-Urbana News Gazette
Engineering students at the University of Illinois are using 'Unreal Editor' a tool for Unreal Tournament to modify the environment. The grant is funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Games and Gaming in Libraries Facebook Group

"This group is for people wanting to talk about games and gaming in libraries. It's one extension of the Games and Gaming Member Initiative Group of the ALA."

(edit 4-10-08) Link:

Please note you may have to be logged into your Facebook account to see the page.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Video Games: Selected Resources for School Librarians

I had a consulting request this week for articles specific to gaming in the school library environment - additions welcome!

Beck, John C. and Mitchell Wade. The Kids Are Alright: How the Gamer Generation is Changing Business Forever. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Business School Press, 2004.

Cassell, Justine and Henry Jenkins (Eds). From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. Cambridge: MIT Pres, 1999.

Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy. Palgrave McMillan, 2003.

Howe, Neil and William Strauss. Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generation. New York: Vintage/Random House, 2000

Hutchinson, David. Playing to Learn: Video Games in the Classroom. Teacher Ideas Press/Libraries Unlimited, 2007.

Jones, Gerard and Lynn Ponton. Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence. Basic Books, 2003.

King, Brad and John Borland. Dungeons and Dreamers: The Rise of Computer Game Culture from Geek to Chic. McGraw-Hill Osborne Media, 2003.

Levine, Jenny. "Library Technology Reports : Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services." ALA Techsource. Sep/Oct 2006, vol. 42., n. 5

Neiburger, Eli. Gamers at the Library? ALA Editions, 2007.

Prensky, Mark. Digital Game-Based Learning. McGraw Hill, 2004.

Prensky, Mark. Don’t Bother Me, Mom―I’m Learning! Paragon House Publishers, 2006.

Tapscott, Don. Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation. McGraw Hill, 1999.

Anderson, Craig. “Violent Video Games: The Myths, the Facts, and Unanswered Questions.” October 2003. February 9, 2008.

Armstrong, Sara and David Warlick, David. ”The New Literacies.” Technology & Learning. September 15, 2004. February 9, 2008.

Crowe, N., and Bradford, S., (2007), 'Identity in On-Line Gaming: young people's symbolic and virtual extensions of self', in Hodkinson, P., and Bennett, A., (eds), Scenes, Subcultures and Tribes, Routledge.

Crowe, N., and Bradford, S., (2006), 'Hanging out in Runescape': identity, work and play in the virtual playground', Children's Geographies, 4, (3), 331-346.

Czarnecki, Kelly & Matt Gullett. Meet the New You. School Library Journal, 2007. February 9, 2008.

Czarnecki, Kelly. “A Revolution in Library Service: Gaming is More Than Just a Lure into the Library.” School Library Journal, May 2007, p34. February 9, 2008.

Dede, Chris. “Virtual Reality of Learning.” i.e. magazine, Spring 2006. 40-41.

Doshi, Ameet. “Gaming Could Improve Information Literacy.” Computers in Libraries. May 2005, 15-17.

Durkin, K. and Barber B. “Not So Doomed: Computer Game Play and Positive Adolescent Development.” Applied Developmental Psychology, 23 pp. 373-392. 2002.

Egenfeldt-Nielsen, S. (2005) Beyond Edutainment: Exploring the Educational Potential of Computer Games. Ph D dissertation. February 9, 2008.

ESA. Essential Facts About the Computer and Game Industry. The Entertainment Software Association, 2007. . February 9, 2008.

Ferlazzo, Larry. “Free Online Games Develop ESL Students' Language Skills.” Technology & Learning, January 1, 2008. February 9, 2008.

Ferlazzo, Larry. “Playing Around: Favorite Education Game Websites.” Technology & Learning, June 1, 2007. February 9, 2008.

Guyne, Heather Haag . “The Educational Benefits of Video Games.” Technology & Learning, November 1, 2007. February 9, 2008.

Helmrich, Erin and Eli Neiburger. “Video Games as a Service: Hosting Tournaments at your library.” VOYA, 27 (6) 450-453. February 9, 2008.

Huber, Nathan. “The Gaming Life: Gaming Potpourri: Must Have Video Games for Libraries.” School Library Journal, January 2008. February 9, 2008.

Jenkins, Henry. “Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked.” The Video Game Revolution. Febr 9, 2008.

Johnson, Andrew. "The NICE Project: Learning Together in a Virtual World." Proceedings of VRAIS '98. 28 Dec 1997. Electronic Visualization Project, University of Illinois. 11 Dec 2006 February 9, 2008.

Johnson, Doug. “Tech Proof: Game On!” Education World. September 2007. February 9, 2008.

McLester, Susan. “Game Plan.” Technology & Learning. 26: 4 November 2005. 20-24. February 9, 2008.

McLester, Susan. “Game Plan, Part 2: Student Gamecraft.” Technology & Learning, 26: 3. October 2005. 18-26. February 9, 2008.

Nicholson, Scott. (2008). “Finish your games so you can start your schoolwork: A look at gaming in school libraries.” Library Media Connection 26(5), 52-55. February 9, 2008.

Neiburger, Eli. “Games... In the Library?” School Library Journal, July 2007. February 9, 2008.

Philips, Amy and Becky Spilver. “Comsole Video Games: Spotlight on Library Programming.” School Library Journal, October 2006. February 9, 2008.

Sams, Bill. "Games, Multi-Player Environments, Immersive Reality: Virtual Worlds & Avatars: What does it mean for learning?" TeachU. Jan 2006.

Schwarzwalder, Jami. “The Gaming Life: Learning Through Play: Cooperative Games in the Classroom. School Library Journal. December 2007. February 9, 2008.

Schmidt, Aaron. “Are You Game?” School Library Journal. June 2006. February 9, 2008.

Squire, Kurt. “Replaying History: Learning World History Through Playing Civilization III.” February 9, 2008.

Squire, Kurt and Constance Steinkuehler. “Meet the Gamers: They Research, Teach, Learn, and Collaborate. So far, without libraries.” Library Journal, April 15, 2005 v130 i7 p38(4). February 3, 2008.

Steinkuehler, Constance. “Learning in Massively Multiplayer Online Games.” February 9, 2008.

Warlich, David. “Classroom as Video Game?” TechLearning. March 2006. February 9, 2008.

Wilson, Heather. (2005). “Gaming for Librarians: An Introduction.” VOYA 27 (6): 446-4449. February 9, 2008.

Wilson, Lee. “Getting It Wrong: Slaying Myths About Video Games (part 1).” Technology & Learning, October 15, 2007. February 9, 2008.

Wilson, Lee. “Getting It Wrong: Slaying Myths About Video Games (part 1).” Technology & Learning, September 15, 2007. February 9, 2008.

Gunn, Moira. “Dr. Henry Jenkins: Video Games and Education.” Tech Nation. March 15, 2005. February 9, 2008.

Crowe, Nic and Simon Bradford. “Thinking Allowed.” BBC Radio, March 7, 2007. February 9, 2008.

4 Librarians. “Video Games in the Library. February 9, 2008.

The Digital Media Collaboratory. February 9, 2008.

Game Politics. February 9, 2008.

“Gaming.” Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. February 9, 2008.

The Serious Games Initiative. February 9, 2008.

the Video Game Librarian. Gaming Target. 1999-2008. February 9, 2008.

Sims Onstage, Formerly Singshot, adds new songs

Contemporary ones, even!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

63% of the US Population Plays Games

"Gaming is already a mass-market hobby, with people of all ages picking up controllers and portables. Unfortunately, the mainstream media does not seem fully aware of how the mainstream itself thinks about gaming. Once that happens, many of the industry's current PR problems are likely to be alleviated."

Thanks to my friend Jason for the link to this post, which discusses the NPD Group's Expanding the Games Market report, Hill & Knowlton report on regulation, and the National Institute for Media and the Family's latest Video Game Report Card.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Bibliography of Suggested Reading for LibGaming Listserv

Agosto, D. (2004). Girls and gaming: A summary of the research with
implications for practice [Electronic Version]. Teacher Librarian, 31.
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American Library Association. (2007). TechSource: Gaming in
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Armstrong, Sara & David Warlick. "The New Literacy." TechLearning. Sept 15 2004.

Beck, John & Mitchell Wade. The Kids Are Alright, by John Beck & Mitchell Wade. Harvard Business School Press, 2007.

Bell, L., Pope, K., & Peters, T. (2007). Digital libraries on the
MUVE: A virtual adventure [Electronic Version]. Bulletin of the
American Society for Information Science & Technology, 33, 17-21.
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Boss, R. W. (2005). Games in libraries [Electronic Version]. Retrieved
December 1, 2006 from

Branston, C. (2006, April/May). From game studies to bibliographic
gaming: Libraries tap into the video game culture. Bulletin of the
American Society for Information Science and Technology, 32, 24-26,

Branston, C. (2007). Digital game-based learning & information
literacy. Retrieved November 3, 2007, from

Carr, Mary. "Games Students Play." _Community and Junior College
Libraries_ 14.1 (2007): 1-2.

Chang, A. (2003). Video games could be good for you. Retrieved March
13, 2006, from

Czarnecki, K. (2007a). The big three. School Library Journal, 53(8),

Czarnecki, K. (2007b). Books for teen gamers. Booklist, 103(13),

Czarnecki, K. (2007c). A revolution in library service. School Library
Journal, 53(5), 34-35.

Czarnecki, K., & Gullett, M. (2007). Meet the new you. School Library
Journal, 53(1), 36-39.

Dawes, L., & Dumbleton, T. (2001). Computer games in education:
Findings report [Electronic Version]. Retrieved March 18, 2007 from

de Castell, S., & Jenson, J. (2006). How content matters: Rethinking
educational games. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.),Proceedings of
the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and
Telecommunications 2006 (pp. 1802-1808), AACE.

Dede, C. (2002). Vignettes about the future of learning technologies.
In 2020 visions: Transforming education and training through advanced
technologies (pp. 18-25). Washington, DC: US Department of Commerce.

Dede, C. (2005). Planning for neomillennial learning styles
[Electronic Version]. EDUCAUSE Quarterly, 28. Retrieved December 13,
2005 from

Derry, S. J., & Steinkuehler, C. A. (2003). Cognitive and situative
theories of learning and instruction. In L. Nadel (Ed.), Encyclopedia
of Cognitive Science (pp. 800-805). England: Nature Publishing Group.

Entertainment Software Association. (2005). Essential facts about the
computer and video game industry: Sales, demographics, and usage
data. Retrieved December 10, 2005, from
(New one actually just came out - so be sure and locate it instead!)

Fetscherin, M., & Lattemann, C. (2007). User acceptance of virtual
worlds: An explorative study about Second Life. Retrieved November
3, 2007, from

Gee, J. P. (2003). What videogames have to teach us about learning and
literacy. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Grassian, E., & Trueman, R. B. (2007). Stumbling, bumbling,
teleporting and flying . . . librarian avatars in Second Life.
Reference Services Review, 35(1), 84-89.

Griffiths, M. D. (2002). Violent video games and aggression: A review
of the literature. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 4, 203-212.

Hawkins, D. T., & Brynko, B. (2006, June). Gaming: The next hot
technology for libraries? Information Today, pp. 1, 51.

Helmrich, E., & Neiburger, E. (2005). Video games as a service:
Hosting tournaments at your library. Voice of Youth Advocates, 27(6),

Helmrich, E. V., & Neiburger, E. (2007). Video games as a service:
Three years later. Voice of Youth Advocates, 30(2), 113-115.

Hinton, A. (2006, August/September). We live here: Games, third places
and the information architecture of the future. Bulletin of the
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Jenkins, H. (2003). How should we teach kids Newtonian physics?
Simple. Play computer games. [Electronic Version]. Technology Review.
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Jenkins, H. (2006b). Where old and new media collide [Electronic
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entertainment among college students. Washington DC: Pew Internet and
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Levine, J. (2007). Getting your game on. American Libraries, 38(1),

Mayo, M. J. (2007). Games for science and engineering education.
Communications of the ACM, 50(7), 31-35.

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Peters, T. (2007). TechSource Symposium draws gamers to Chicago.
American Libraries, 38(8), 15.

Peters, T., & Bell, L. (2007). MUVEing toward accessibility. Computers
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Thursday, January 31, 2008

2008 Texas Teen Read! Manual: Game On! TTR.08

"The Texas Teens Read! Advisory Committee selected the theme Game On! TTR.08 for the first Texas Teens Read! and nominated artist Rod Espinosa to design the manual."

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Nintendo Donates 21 Wii's

Norman Oder, Library Journal, 1/25/08
"Nintendo has decided to donate 21 of the popular games (valued at $250 each) to encourage library gaming. The recipients are the Alpena County Library, MI; the Free Library of Philadelphia; the Pasco County Library, FL; Ann Arbor District Library, MI; the New York Public Library; and the American Library Association (ALA), which will use its Wii at various events to promote library gaming initiatives."

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Your Input Needed on GLLS2008 Location!

forwarded from Jenny Levine, The Shifted Librarian and ALA Strategy Guide

"We're at the point where we can finally pick a location for the 2008 ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium, but the pickings aren't as good as we'd hoped for. Recognizing that we can't please everyone all of the time, I'd love your input on the choices we do have.

More background and info at
( Please respond there or to jlevine AT ala DOT org).

DO NOT REPLY HERE! Please reply on the GLLS2008 Ning Site.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Games and Gaming Member Initiative Group-ALA

On January 16th, the ALA Council approved the formation of the Games and Gaming Member Initiative Group. The charge for the group, is:
To engage those interested in games and gaming activities in libraries and to collaborate with ALA units to support gaming initiatives and programs across the Association. Games, as defined in their broadest sense to include traditional and modern board, card, video, mobile, computer, live-action, roleplaying and miniature games, and gaming activities, including planning and running gaming programs, providing games for informal play, developing a game collection, creating games, development of information and other literacies through games and partnering with other community organizations to support gaming, will be topics for professional exploration. This group is open to all

Scott Nicholson (srnichol at, associate professor at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies and director of the Library Game Lab of Syracuse, appeared before the ALA Committee on Organization on January 15th as a Designated Organizer with a petition with 149 member signatures to request that the group be started as a channel to bring together librarians of all types to talk about tabletop and digital games.

The Member Initiative Group structure is designed for new topics and creates an ALA organization that lives for 3 years. After that time, if the group is flourishing, it can apply to become part of the ALA's permanent organizational structure as a Round Table. ALA will be creating a discussion forum, blog, wiki, and other methods for the group to begin discussions shortly. More information about the Library Game Lab of Syracuse and updates on the Games and Gaming MIG will be posted here.

Thursday, January 03, 2008