Opportunities to Learn More About Gaming!

Games, Learning, & Libraries Symposium
Registration is still open for the Gaming, Learning & Libraries Symposium (GLLS08) in Oak Brook, IL from November 2-4, 2008. This Monday, June 15th, marks the deadline for proposals for GLLS08. Topics of particular interest include game design, the gaming industry, accessibility, and assessment and evaluation of gaming programs. The Call for Presenters on the ALA TechSource wiki has details, or you can complete a form on Zoho Creator. Presenters will be notified by August 1, 2008. Details are online at: http://gaming.techsource.ala.org/index.php.

Gaming At ALA Annual Conference
A list of gaming events at ALA is online on the ALA Gaming Wiki. In addition to an ALA Gaming Night on Friday, California Dreaming (an alternative reality game), and a Games Pavilion in the exhibit hall, there are several meetings and presentations of interest. Two YALSA events follow:

Saturday 1:30-3:30 pm
YALSA Teen Gaming Interest Group Meeting
Location: Disneyland Hotel, No. Exhibit Hall Mtg. Rm. F
Come to share and discuss best practices in gaming collections, programs and services at your library

Sunday 8:00-10:00 (Yes, we know it’s early – it will be worth it! )
Beyond Gaming Tournaments

Location: Anaheim Marriott, Salon E
Discover best practices beyond gaming tournaments in such programs as avatar creation, character worksheets, video game clubs, machinima contests, cosplay and more. Elizabeth Saxton, Cleveland Public Library; Craig Davis, Youth Digital Arts Cyber School and Amy McNally, Ridgedale Library, Minnetonka, MN, with teens Karina Grimaldi and Brigit Boler, share their successes in delivering high quality engaging programs that go beyond game play to spark creativity and broader types of participation. The second half of the program consists of a breakout session to try program activities and exercises yourself.

About Beth Gallaway

Beth Gallaway was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2006 for her work in advocating for videogames in libraries. She is an independent library trainer/consultant specializing in gaming, technology, and youth services, and is a YALSA certified Serving the Underserved (SUS) trainer.
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