Gaming in Libraries in the News

The Arizona Daily Star picked up the story about ALA’s $1 million Verizon Foundation grant in an article, Libraries Booking Young Gamers, and interviewed, among others, gaming panel expert Liz Danforth. Liz has some great talking points in the article. Way to go, Liz!

The Malpass Library at Western Illinois University offered a second gaming night on Friday July 11. Events included dominoes, Wii DDR and a LAN party.

The London (Ontario, Canada) Public Library, produced a short and sweet blog post to introduce patrons to videogames, with links to resources on game ratings, game quality, and popular titles. “Gaming is no longer the domain of the young,” writes a staff member.

Manitowoc-Calumet (WI) Library System is offering a series of tournaments, funded by an LSTA grant. “Libraries are all about literacy, but literacy isn’t only reading and writing.  Literacy is about technology,” says Rachel Muchin Young, the library’s public relations manager

AASL is planning its 2009 annual conference in Charlotte, NC, and specifically mentions requests for information about gaming. Proposals are due by September 15, 2008.

I hadn’t heard of the LOEX conference, but one attendee wrote up a post about two sessions on gaming.

A librarian in Stanley, Idaho is launching gaming services this summer, and seeking best practices for small town libraries.

In general gaming news…

Hasbro has teamed with the Electronic Arts to create a sanctioned Scrabble game that began private testing Monday at Facebook and should be publicly available later this month. The popular Facebook game, Scrabulous, is unauthorized, and Hasbro have demanded it be removed. An interesting twist in the gaming and copyright debate!

Led Zeppelin continues to decline licensing for recreating their music in videogames. “It ain’t about the money,” says Jimmy Page’s manager.