A Quick Guide to Gaming in Libraries

Gaming in libraries is a very hot topic this year. We are seeing gaming presentations at library conferences such as ALA Annual and Computers in Libraries, as well as entire symposiums dedicated to the theme, articles are appearing in major papers such as the Chicago Tribune, and libraries are starting to report on their successes. Here’s a quick guide to some of the resources available related to the gaming in libraries meme. If you know of any others, please share them in the comments!


Gaming & Learning
Shu Liu, Tammy Allgood
Computers in Libraries 2007

Gaming in Libraries
Tyler Rousseau
New Jersey Library Association (NJLA)

Games without Borders: Gaming Beyond Consoles and Screens
Liz Lawley
ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium

Gaming in Academic Libraries: The Why and How
ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium

Check out 30 other sessions of the ALA TechSource Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium, including .mp3 files and presentation slides!


The Role of Gaming in Libraries: Taking the Pulse
Scott Nicholson

Online Gaming Is More Popular than Facebook and YouTube
The Shifted Librarian

Console gaming a hit with all ages
Librarian in Black

Worldwide Online Gaming Community Reaches 217 Million People

In the News

Video games finding space in libraries
Milford Daily News

When ‘Digital Natives’ Go to the Library
Inside Higher Ed

Training for the poor moves into computer age
Chicago Tribune

Critics say ‘Oh no’ to Halo
The Daily Herald

Dewey Decimals and Dance Dance Revolution
The Escapist

Blogs Posts

Oh The Games People Play Now–In Libraries
ALA TechSource Blog

The Future of Gaming
Library Garden

Gaming? But this is an academic library
Librarians Matter

SJCPL’s Save•Point Spawns Crew Website

Case Studies

Carvers Bay (SC) Branch Library: Gaming the Way to Literacy

Gaming section of the Library Success Wiki
See success stories, lists of libraries hosting gaming programs, etc.


Gamers…in the Library?! The Why, What, and How of Videogame Tournaments for All Ages
by Eli Neiburger

Gaming and Libraries: Intersection of Services
by Jenny Levine