Games in Libraries Episode 3!

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In the wake of this week’s Games for Change conference in NYC, Kelly Czarnecki talks about the Serious Games initiative, especially in terms of partnerships with libraries like NYPL, and a recent post on the ACRL blog by Michelle Boule. Check out Immune Attack, or the 3-D modeling software, Maya.

Jason Puckett reviews the Wii version of Lego Star Wars, touching on the gameplay aspects and applauding the humor and attention to detail of the fun series based on Lucas’s films. Lego Indiana Jones came out Tuesday June 3.

What’s the deal with game ratings? Beth Gallaway provides an overview of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board process and ratings.

In the school library segment, Chris Harris explains how librarians in his district align AASL’s educational standards with games and recommends Settlers of Catan and Puerto Rico, in particular.

Eli Neiburger delivers a WiiWare Roundup concerning content that can be downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel directly to your Wii console. Titles mentioned include:

Wondering if a gaming program at the library constitutes public performance? Scott Nicholson discusses the hot topic of the week, Public Performance of Games in Libraries and the precedent setting 1996 case of ALLEN v. ACADEMIC GAMES LEAGUE OF AMERICA 89 F.3d 614 (9th Cir. 1996).

Jenny Levine gives an ALA update that incorporates information about ALA Gaming Blog, the ALA Gaming Resources Wiki and ALA’s I Love Libraries initiative, then names of the Gaming, Learning & Libraries Sympoisum’s keynote speakers, and information about gaming events at ALA-Anaheim. This year will features a Gaming Pavilion in the exhibit hall, a Gaming Member Interest Group (MIG) meetup, and a Gaming Night (Friday June 27 from 7:30-10:30 at the Hilton).

What did you think of episode 3? We’d love to hear your comments!

Want to contribute to Games in Libraries podcast? 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.