Libraries, Literacy & Games 2


We’re adding this resource to the Gaming in Libraries modules for my classes. If you are curious about getting started with gaming or would like to see a clearinghouse of articles and supporting research on games and literacy, please take a look.

I might urge the folks in Nebraska to take a serious look at the supporting research and survey data for a bigger picture of these initiatives.

2 thoughts on “Libraries, Literacy & Games

  • Sara

    Really, you just need to urge the state auditor to take a look at it. I think the rest of us (especially us librarians) are on board. =)

  • Scott Nicholson

    After seeing the Nebraska story, I picked up the phone and called the auditor’s office and talked with him. I told him about the studies that I’ve done on the topic and asked if he’s like copies (he did, and I sent them over).

    After we talked, it’s not the gaming itself that was the problem, but the creation of the video showing staff members playing the games (with no other content). If the video had shown patrons playing games and it was a program, or if the video had been part of a training program where the staff were teaching people who to use games, it would have not caused the problems that this video did.

    So, the argument wasn’t “libraries shouldn’t have games” but “they shouldn’t make frivolous videos for the public to see”.

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