April 9, 2007
Interest in Gaming Grows
Jeff Trzeciak, University Librarian at McMaster, has a strong interest in gaming and the application of research on gaming to library services.
He has articulated his interest in enhancing support for gaming in academic libraries in the McMaster University blog, and has added a related post to the Designing Better Libraries blog, in which he asks:
. . . what is the library community doing about getting into gaming in significant ways? Who are the leaders in this area and what are they doing to make library resources and services more accessible through game environments?
While we may not have quite cracked the nut of how to provide library services through immersive environments like Second Life, the University Library is clearly helping to provide leadership for the critical question of how academic libraries can "[get] into gaming in significant ways." UIUC librarians Lisa Hinchliffe, David Ward, and Karen Schmidt have been on the conference circuit this Spring (CIC, CNI, ACRL) proving just that and letting our colleagues across the country know about the work of the UIUC University Library's Gaming Initiative (which, yes, supports its own blog).
UIUC faculty from a number of departments are interested in gaming research, and many of our students are interested both in research and practice (lots of practice!). Thanks to the work of the Gaming Initiative group in the library, we are moving into new areas of collections and services that both meet their needs and allow us to provide leadership for national discussions of these issues in the academic library community.
Posted by swalter at April 9, 2007 12:02 PM
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