Gaming Collection

Jul 8, 2008

Mary Laskowski, Associate Professor and Head of Information Processing and Management, and David Ward, Associate Professor and Head of Information Services for the Undergraduate Library, have been awarded a Presidential Citation for Gaming from the American Library Association (ALA). Awarded in the “Innovation” category, the citation recognizes efforts to use games and gaming as tools for learning, literacy development, and community development. Laskowski and Ward have developed public and classroom support programs to investigate best practices for integrating games as teaching tools into academic curricula. Their “Gaming Initiative” supports innovative teaching and research partnerships both within the academic community and between campus and the gaming industry. Learning outcomes include: students analyzing how culture and technology affect societal growth using “Civilization IV” in a library gaming lab, and students discussing and comparing the role of music in gaming through a program featuring campus researchers and local game company Volition.  From http://www.library.illinois.edu/news/gaming_awards.html