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Why Games?

Posted by bronwynr on May 20, 2009


Liz Danforth says that far beyond scoring points and moving to the next level, gaming has the potential to improve literacy skills as well as enhance community and connectivity…so that’s why! » » »

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Gaming Basics: Systems Showdown

Posted by bronwynr on May 1, 2009


“Selecting the right gaming consoles for your collection can be a daunting undertaking, one further complicated by considerations of cost, popularity, and audience” says Shawn McCann. To help simplify the choice, he puts the big three—Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Sony PlayStation 3—through a head-to-head smackdown. » » »

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Gamers Are Readers

Posted by bronwynr on April 9, 2009

Capitalize on the popularity of video games

Libraries across the country are jumping on the gaming bandwagon, and some librarians are thrilled with this revolution. We grew up playing video games. Although these games were not nearly as impressive as the ones available today, we still spent countless hours playing the original Super Mario Brothers—and we still grew up to be librarians. Video games did not rot our brains. But that begs the question: What do video games have to do with libraries? Video games offer traditional and new forms of literacy, and we can connect with patrons of all ages in our community by offering gaming programs. In fact, they are one of the only library programs that attract so many teens.    … more

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Why gaming belongs in libraries

Posted by bronwynr on April 8, 2009

Sue Scott has some straightforward and succinct points to make about why libraries and gaming go together like peanut butter and chocolate. … here

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Gaming the Way to Literacy

Posted by bronwynr on January 5, 2009

Carvers Bay (South Carolina) Branch Library

http://www.webjunction.org/688/articles/content/443418

“If asked which US library is pushing the envelope on introducing interactive computer gaming in public libraries, how many would look to the most rural, poor, and isolated corner of a county in South Carolina? And if informed that this corner of the library world has a 30% illiteracy rate, a 15% unemployment rate, a poverty level exceeding 30% with up to 90% of school kids eligible for free or reduced-rate lunches, and a meager 2% rate for library card registration, what odds would you give that it can even keep its doors open?…”

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