Games in Libraries Episode 5!

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Kelly Czarnecki reviews The Ecology of Games: Connecting Youth, Games, and Learning (MIT Press, 2008) edited by Katie Salen and discusses contributions by Katie, Jane McGonagall, and Barry Joseph.

Paul Waelchli relates information literacy and the research process to Fantasy Football, the practice of taking on the role of a team owner, drafting players from a league, and uses statistics to have teams compete until a winner emerges.  Paul mentions Carol Collier Kaulthau’s research and the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Paul provides Fantasy Football for Librarians 101, a quick overview of fantasy football, additional online resources that cover how to get started, and a number of quality online resources covering fantasy football news and analysis;  Fantasy Football as Information Literacy, a resource that maps fantasy sport activities to ACRL Information Literacy Standards, and a Sample Lesson Plan  that includes ACRL Information Literacy Standards mapped to potential activities within a class / workshop setting. He recommends Fantasy Football Librarian as an additional resource.

In the continuing release of segments recorded in June at ALA, Scott Nicholson interviews floor staff at the DEMCO booth, about special furniture and equipment for libraries providing a gaming experience, and talks with  Alice Cahn from the Cartoon Network. Alice shares partnership possibles and encourages librarians to investigate Game Creator, a flash based game creation software with characters and backgrounds modelled on the popular Ben 10 Alien Force series.

Beth Gallaway interviews Richard Glady about Family Gaming programs at Scottsdale (AZ) Public Library (part 1). Richard mentions a Computer Pen that he debuted at a gaming program, and talks about how gaming evolved as the Knowasis Teen Center grew.

What did you think of episode 5? 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 for the October episode (September is currently in production) by October 1, 2008.