Games in Libraries Episode 2!

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Kelly Czarnecki talks about the documentary Second Skin, and plugs the Association of Virtual World’s Blue Book Guide to Virtual Worlds, that includes over 200 virtual worlds.

Eli Neiburger talks about the new Mario Kart for Wii, sharing a little history of kart games, and the new features of the Wii version of the game, including the coolness factor of the controllers and some information about the Mario Kart channel on the Wii.

Beth Gallaway gives an overview of Grand Theft Childhood, by Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson; Kutner will be a speaker at the GLLS in November.

Scott Nicholson discusses selecting games at the library as being no different than other collections: we need to apply policies, concepts and use mindfulness in game selection. Also, he shares the idea of creating a gaming experience (part of the research he’s doing over at the Gamelab) and how that may drive programming and collection decisions.

Lastly, registration opened this week for Games, Learning and Libraries 2008, at the DoubleTree in Oak Brook (just outside of Chicago IL) November 2-4, 2008. The conference is limited to 350 participants–register early! Call for presenters and other details are posted on the ALA Techsource website.

Want to contribute? We’d love to hear about your gaming stories–successes AND flops!–as well as game reviews and other topics. Send MP3 files 5-10 minutes in length to Scott Nicholson.

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