Saturday, November 29, 2014

Come learn about Gaming & Gamification in Libraries - from professor Scott Nicholson

We have a short-notice opportunity coming up on Wed, Dec. 10th to hear about the possibilities of gaming in libraries and the gamification of information literacy.

Scott Nicholson is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and the director of the Because Play Matters game lab. He has written research papers on meaningful gamification, games in libraries, online education, and data mining.   He is the author of Everyone Plays at the Library: Creating Great Gaming Experiences for All Ages (here is the NLB's copy) and the designer of two board games - Going, Going, GONE!, and Tulipmania 1637.  He also edited the Spring 2013 issue of Library Trends which focused on "The Impact of Gaming on Libraries."  If you have Project Muse, you can read the issue online -- click here.  Follow him on Twitter here: @snicholson

Updated 30-Nov: Chapter 3 of Scott's book is now available free:
The chapter presents a model of game experiences that he developed in order to bring together games of all types.  Instead of focusing on a game platform, it focuses on the experiences players have in the game.

Chapter 1 is free on the publisher's website:

Scott is coming to Singapore to do workshops on gamification with Singapore government entities -- and has time to come and talk to us (and have dinner afterwards, with any who are free) on Dec 10th.

I attended one of Scott's workshops on gaming in libraries at the annual ALA (American Library Association) conferences two years ago -- and it was very enlightening -- not to mention fun!

Linda Twitchett has offered her Senior Library at the Australian School as a venue -- 5:00 for a 5:30 pm start.  

If you are interested, please let us know via this Google Form (to know the right amount of wine and snacks).

NOTE:  Feel free to bring others along.  They don't have to be librarians.  While the talk will be aimed at gaming in libraries, Scott is an expert on gaming in general.

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